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Frequently Asked Questions


One Day Liquor Licenses:

  • What is a One-day liquor license?
    A One-Day license allows non-profit organizations, clubs, associations, societies and groups of people to hold one-time events where alcoholic beverages are served and/or consumed. The license is of Class C, “Special One-Day”. The Type may be “Beer & Wine” or “Beer, Wine & Liquor”. The requirements and fees are generally much smaller for a One-Day license than for other (permanent) types. Also, no public hearing is required.
  • What types of events require a One-day liquor license?
    1) For any event where alcoholic beverages are served/consumed, held by a bona fide non-profit organization, where participants are charged money in any way. (For-profit organizations cannot obtain a One-Day liquor license.)
    2) For any event where alcoholic beverages are served/consumed held by a non-profit association, society, club, or organization, where participants are not charged money in any way.
    3) For any event where alcoholic beverages are served/consumed held by a group of three or more people, on a property other than their own home(s). (Note: the names of three (3) organizers are required on any One-day liquor license.)
  • How do I apply for and obtain a One-day liquor license?
  • 1) Obtain an application online or  from the Anne Arundel County Liquor Board office. You may call, write, e-mail or drop-in during office hours (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M-F.)
    2) Fill out the application. An instruction sheet is enclosed with the application package. See "Click here for more information" for a copy of the application and instructions.
    3) Bring the completed application plus fee (check or money order) in person to the Anne Arundel County Liquor Board office at least one week in advance of the event. If you come in between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., we’ll process the application while you wait.


The Board:

  • What is the Board and what does it do?
    1) Oversees the enforcement of alcoholic beverage laws as set forth in Annotated Code of Maryland, Alcoholic Beverages I, Titles 1-12
    2) Establishes rules and regulations pertaining to alcoholic beverages for Anne Arundel County as set forth in “Rules and Regulations of the Board of License Commissioners for Anne Arundel County”.
    3) Presides over public hearings for licenses.
    4) Approves/disapproves liquor license applications and imposes sanctions and fines for infractions of the Rules and Regulations, and/or Article 2B, Annotated Code of Maryland.
  • Who makes up the Board and how are members appointed?
    The Board consists of a Chairman and two Commissioners, all three of whom are appointed by the Governor every two years. Not more than two of the three Board members may be from the same political party. By custom, the senior state Senator recommends the Board Chairman to the Governor. New appointments are effective on May 1 of odd years (for example, May 1, 2009.) The following are hired by the Board: an attorney, 3 staff personnel who work full time at the Liquor Board offices, plus 1 chief-inspector and 16 inspectors. Inspectors, working part-time, investigate complaints and violations, inspect establishments, and “have all the powers of a peace officer or a constable or sheriff of the State of Maryland.”
  • Where does the Board’s authority come from?
    Annotated Code of Maryland, Alcoholic Beverages I, Titles 1-12, directs that each county, plus the cities of Baltimore and Annapolis, will establish and maintain a “Board of License Commissioners” to regulate and control the retail sale of alcohol within their respective jurisdictions. Annotated Code of Maryland, Alcoholic Beverages I, Titles 1-12, specifies how Boards are appointed and constituted, their jurisdictions and powers, ethics rules, and generally how they will operate.