A Benefit Performance is an event conducted and operated by a bonafide non-profit organization within Montgomery County, the net proceeds of which are exclusively for the benefit of the organization. Benefit Performances include carnivals, fairs, picnics, dances, bazaars, concerts, card party, contest, barbecue or dinner and horse shows to which the public is invited or admission.
Any bonafide non-profit organization within the county will need a Benefit-Performance License to conduct a benefit performance.
Any bonafide non-profit organization within the county, or any company, association or body corporate, organized within the county. A benefit performance must be managed by the organization that will benefit from it, and may be operated by or with a contractor of that organization.
A completed Benefit-Performance application must be submitted, along with a copy of the organization's federal tax exemption number and site plan delineating the performance area, including seating and/or vending booths if any.
Prior to conducting a benefit performance, the sponsoring organization must make application for the license on the form provided.
Important Timelines for Submittal:
Applications should be submitted two weeks prior to the Benefit-Performance. However, licenses for carnivals should be submitted at least four weeks prior to the Benefit-Performance. Licenses that require a Temporary Noise Waiver must be filed at least 21 days prior to the scheduled event.
Licenses are issued for each benefit performance. Application may be obtained from the Department of Permitting Services, 255 Rockville Pike, 2nd Floor, Rockville, Maryland 20850, Call 311 (240-777-0311 outside Montgomery County) or go to: Benefit Performance Application
A Benefit-Performance license may also require:
Benefit-Performances may be subject to inspection and licensing requirements by the following county agencies:
The total fee for a Benefit-Performance License is $183.75. This includes a license fee of $175.00 and a 5% Automation Enhancement Fee of $8.75.
Zoning Ordinance of the Maryland – Washington Regional District in Montgomery County, Section 59-A-6.5 Benefit Performances permitted under section 30-4 may be conducted in any zone; provided that:
(a) No such performance may be conducted in any residential or C-0 or C-1 Zone for a period exceeding fifteen days for any one performance, nor be located within six hundred feet (600 feet) of any dwelling unless at least seventy-five percent (75%) of the occupants of any such dwellings within six hundred feet (600 feet) of such site consent to such performance in writing.
(b) The provisions of subsection (a) above shall not apply to a benefit performance conducted upon property which is occupied by a private club operating in compliance with this chapter, a church a fire department, or public school or a nationally chartered service or veterans organization not organized for gain or profit of any individual member of such groups.
The license does not permit or authorize the awarding of prizes in money or the rewarding of the winner or winners or other participants in any game in money, or token redeemable in money. Operation of any benefit performance in violation thereof, upon conviction shall be subject to a fine up to $1000 or imprisonment up to 1 year, or both, in the discretion of the Court. (Section 30-4, Montgomery County Code, 1972).
|Application||Benefit Performance Application|
|Use and Occupancy Application|
|Building Permit Application|
|Fees and Taxes|
|Fee Schedule||Executive Regulations for Fees|
|Automation Enhancement Fee||Automation Fee|
|Credit Card Authorization Form||Credit Card Authorization Form|
|Codes, Standards, Executive Regulations|
|Chapter 59 Section A-6.5||Montgomery County Code|
|Guidelines, Memorandum of Understandings, Interpretations|
|None at this time|
|Frequently Asked Questions|
|311 Web Portal: Enter key word "Benefit Performance"||http://www3.montgomerycountymd.gov/311|
|Online Permitting Status Information and Inspections|
|Online Data Search||Search DPS|
|Call for More Information|
|In Montgomery County||311|
|Outside of Montgomery County||240-777-0311|
|Other Agencies to Contact|
|Other Agencies and Utilities to Contact||Allegheny Power|
|Board of Appeals|
|International Code Council (ICC)|
|Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation|
|Maryland Department of the Environment|
|Maryland Division of State Documents|
|MNCPPC: Historic Area Work Permits|
|MNCPPC: MC Atlas|
|Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO)|
|U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)|
|Washington Gas Light Co.|