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Liquor Licenses & Cases



The Howard County Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Board is hosting the following virtual hearings: The hearings will be WebEx hearingswill be posted on the Council website at a later time. If you would like to join the meeting to view and hear the presentation, or if you wish to testify, you will need to register.

Board of License Commissioners
January 26, 2022 @ 7:00pm


WebEx  - Register Here
Board of License Commissioners, prior to the Zoning Board matter ZB 1125M, to consider the two following Rule changes: R 1.05 - Change definition of Alcohol Beverage Inspector, eliminating the requirement that the Alcoholic Beverage Inspector is a sworn police officer; and R 1.10(S) - Remove from definition of “Resident” that they must be a registered voter.  Please find the red-lined rule changes HERE:
All public comment can be emailed to [email protected] by Noon EST on 1/20/2022.


Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Board
February 8, 2022 @ 6:30pm


WebEx Hearing - Registration Pending














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, Ashley Aguilar, at (410) 313-2395, who also is the point of contact for alcoholic beverage licensing and related matters

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


Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Board Members      

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