Liquor Sales

Anyone seeking to sell alcohol in a business or organization, or provide alcohol in a public setting in Talbot County should be aware of the County's regulations for Alcohol licenses and sales.

Apply for 2024 Renewal

All alcoholic beverages license renewal applications must be filed annually. All alcoholic beverage licenses expire on April 30, 2024. All alcoholic beverages license renewal applications must be filed to the board on or before March 31, 2024

Deadlines

March 31, 2024:  last day to submit the renewal application without incurring a late fee of $250.00.

April 30, 2024:  last day to pick up and pay for the 2024-2025 alcohol license.

May 1, 2024:  state law requires that the 2024-2025 alcohol licenses be posted at your facility on this date.

See Application

Liquor Board

The Liquor Board reviews all applications and violations for liquor sales in Talbot County. 

See Board Info

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need a liquor license?

    If you are engaged in the sale of beer, wine, or liquor, your business or organization may need to receive a liquor license. If you plan to provide alcohol at a public event such as a festival, you may require a special event license.

    The county has several different liquor license classifications based on the business and expected sale or consumption of alcohol. Take a look at the full list of classifications here: Liquor License Classifications

  • What type of license do I need?

    The county has several different liquor license classifications based on the business and expected sale or consumption of alcohol. 

    Common licenses include:

    • Class A - Alcohol dispensaries, supermarkets, and convenience stores for off-site consumption
    • Class B - Hotel and Restaurant on premise consumption
    • Special Event Licensing - Short term licenses for special events hosted by organizations, brewery or winery, and more

    Take a look at the full list of classifications here: Liquor License Classifications

  • How much does a liquor license cost?

    Liquor licensing prices may vary based on need. In normal licenses, the fees can range from $150 to $2,500. Check out Liquor License Classifications to learn more about the different licenses and associated cost. For current fee pricing, you can also refer the Liquor License fee schedule. Fees are subject to change.

  • What does the license process look like?

    New license applications, when all paperwork is complete and filed, will be scheduled for review by the County's Liquor Board for approval. Check out Liquor License Processing for more information.

  • Do I need to renew my license?

    Liquor Licenses must be renewed each year. See the renewal application for details.

  • How do I report a liquor related violation?

    During normal working hours any Liquor License violation can be sent directly to Code Compliance. Code Compliance Officers may not be available 24/7 and many incidents can be investigated after the fact. To report a violation, contact the Alcoholic Beverages Inspector, Duane Gottschalk at 410-770-8044 or dgottschalk@talbotcountymd.gov.

Liquor License COMPLAINTS

The Talbot County Code Enforcement division addresses violations, inspections and complaints in Talbot County. 

See related Talbot County Code: § 11 Alcoholic Beverages (Adopted by the County Council of Talbot County March 2012 by Bill No. 1215)

Filing a Liquor Violation

During normal working hours any Liquor License violation can be sent directly to Code Compliance. Code Compliance Officers may not be available 24/7 and many incidents can be investigated after the fact. To report a violation, contact  the Alcoholic Beverages Inspector, Duane Gottschalk at 410-770-8044 or dgottschalk@talbotcountymd.gov

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