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Bed and Breakfast Certificate

When Does a Bed and Breakfast Lodge Need to Register?

All bed and breakfast lodges must register with the Department of Permitting Services as provided for in the Montgomery County Zoning Ordinance.

What is the Application Process?

The applicant submits a letter to The Department of Permitting Services stating the following:

  • Name, Address
  • Number of Guest Rooms
  • Lot Area
  • Floor Area of House
  • Floor Area of Guest Rooms
  • Parking Spaces Provided in Connection with the Operation
  • Copy of Special Exception Opinion (if required)
  • Copy of Final Approval From the Department of Health, Licensing & Regulatory Services Division, (240) 777-3986.

The Department of Permitting Services will respond to the applicant with a letter stating approval or denial of the Bed and Breakfast Lodging Certificate.

What Will the Cost Be?

There is no cost to the applicant at this time.

When Will Notification of Bed and Breakfast Lodging Certificate Approval or Denial be Given?

The normal processing time is two weeks from receipt of letter. This time frame could vary depending upon completeness of the application and workload demands. The certificate is valid for the duration of the operation and is non-renewable.

Application Package
No Application Submit Letter to the Department (see above)
Fees and Taxes
  No Fee at This Time
  No Bond
Codes, Standards, Executive Regulations
Chapter 59  Montogmery County Code
Frequently Asked Questions
311 Web Portal: Enter key word "Bed and Breakfast Lodge"
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
  American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
  American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
  Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. (BG&E)
  Board of Appeals
  Historical Society
  International Code Council (ICC)
  Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation
  Maryland Department of the Environment
  Maryland Division of State Documents
  Masonry Institute of America (MIA)
  Miss Utility
  National Glass Association (NGA)
  MNCPPC: Historic Area Work Permits
  MNCPPC: MC Atlas
  MNCPPC: Zoning
  National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO)
  U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
  Washington Gas Light Co.