While not the largest state in the Union, Maryland makes a significant effort to protect its consumers. Numerous state licenses aim to shield residents from unscrupulous or irregular business practices. Accordingly, entrepreneurs will find that in many cases, they need to obtain the state's blessing in order to operate their businesses.
In Maryland, any business that serves food can endanger public health. That’s why restaurants are some of the most regulated businesses out there. Multiple state, county and city environmental health permits are common for restaurants. Those that serve alcohol need even more licensing. Prospective restaurateurs should expect to apply for at least five licenses and permits and in many cases much more.