In Howard County, the five Council Members also sit as the local Board of License Commissioners, commonly known as the Liquor Board. Their duties, which are described in State law, include issuing and revoking licenses to sell alcoholic beverages and assuring adherence to Maryland laws and the county's rules and regulations pertaining to the sale of alcoholic beverages.
The Liquor Board has delegated its authority to conduct hearings and render decisions on cases involving alcoholic beverages in the County to a five-member Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Board. The Hearing Board’s members are representative of the five council districts. Each member of the County Council nominates three people from the district he or she represents to fill a vacancy from that district. The County Executive appoints one member from the nominees, subject to confirmation by the County Council.
Applications for alcoholic beverage licenses in Howard County are accepted and processed by the Administrator for the Board of License Commissioners in the County Council office. These applications are for new liquor licenses, transfer requests, extension of premises, officer changes, a resident agent change, a change of class or for temporary and special liquor licenses. The application shall be prepared by the applicants or under the applicant’s personal supervision. The application must be fully completed before the application will be processed by the Administrator.
Application forms may be accessed from this website or by calling the Liquor Board Administrator, Denise King, at (410) 313-2008, who also is the point of contact for alcoholic beverage licensing and related matters
Liquor Board Members
Mary Kay Sigaty, Chair
Greg Fox, Vice Chair
Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Board Members
Heather Gaetano, Chair
Mary Bird, Vice Chair
Charles C. Feaga
Charley C. Sung