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OPEN FOR BUSINESS provides you with the information and guidance you need on how to open a business in Baltimore City. On this site, you will find permit and license information and applications, agency contacts and helpful resources to get you started.

For additional questions or assistance, please contact the Small Business Team at the Baltimore Development Corporation.



A guide to health inspections, outdoor seating, seating capacity & more.
Child CareChild Care

Child Care

A guide to licensing, links to state and federal regulations, and code and safety rules.
Barber Shop & SalonBarber Shop & Salon

Barber Shop & Salon

A guide to get you started in style with health permits, licenses & barber poles.
Automotive RepairAutomotive Repair

Automotive Repair

A guide to hazardous material permits, curb cuts & more.
Retail and GroceryRetail and Grocery

Retail and Grocery

A guide to signage, incentives and locations for your shops.
Green BusinessGreen Business

Green Business

A guide to setting up a green business, ideas and information.

Business Type Not Listed?

If your business type is not listed or you have any questions, please contact the Small Business Team at the Baltimore Development Corporation for assistance.


Baltimore Development Corporation
Small Business Team
36 South Charles Street,
Suite 1600
Baltimore, MD 21201
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