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, household Services such as Housekeeping, Gardening, Landscaping and Auto Detailing may not require as many licenses as food and healthcare businesses, but they must be licensed nonetheless. Businesses that use a person’s home as their official address or office may also need a Home Occupation Permit from their city or county.