Liquor Licenses & Cases


*****Applications for renewal of licenses must be filed by APRIL 1st!  Please check this page for updates******

Liquor License Renewal Application:

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The Howard County Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Board is hosting the following hybrid hearings. Hybrid Hearings are held in the Banneker Room in the George Howard Builiding and virtually by WebEx Webinar. After the hearing concludes, it will be posted on the Council website at a later time. If you would like to join the meetings to view and hear the presentation, or if you wish to testify, you will need to click on the links provided on this page at the time of the hearing. The WebEx link will be posted on the Council website closer to the meeting date. 

Persons needing accommodations or translation to fully participate, please contact the Council Office at 410-313-2001.

Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Board
March 28, 2023 @ 6:30pm


Hybrid Hearing - Webinar link HERE

Join by phone:
1-650-479-3207 Call-in number (US/Canada)
Access code: 2305 155 6404


******Please note - there are no ABHB Meetings in April due to liquor renewals*******



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 Kel Berg, at (410) 313-3114, who also is the point of contact for alcoholic beverage licensing and related matters

Board of License Commissioners
   David  Yungmann, Chair
   Opel Jones, Vice Chair
   Christiana Rigby
   Deb Jung
   Liz Walsh

Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Board Members

   Harry Evans, Vice Chair
   Steven Chen
   Charley C. Sung
   Claire Kim