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Electrical Business License 

When is an Electrical Contractor's Business License Required?

An Electrical Contractor's Business License is required for any person, firm, company, corporation or partnership in the business of installing, repairing, or maintaining any electrical wiring or device designed for conducting, consuming or converting electrical current.  An Electrical Constractor's Business must be represented by a Licensed Master or Limited Master Electrician (See: Master Electrician's License )

What Types of Electrical Contractor's Business Licenses Are Requried?


  • Restricted to a specific type of electrical work (e.g., signs, telephones, heating/air conditioning)
  • Restricted to electrical work performed in a specific location (e.g., on-site maintenance for apartment buildings)


  • Capable of performing any kind of electrical work

Is There a Law that Applies?

Montgomery County Code Search Chapter 17

Annotated Code of the State of Maryland

What is the Application Process?

A fully completed Application Form must be submitted along with, a Certificate of Liability Insurance showing Montgomery County as the certificate holder, with liability limits of: $300,000 for bodily injury, $300,000 for property damage, or a combined single limit of $600,000. The copy of the Certificate of Liability Insurance MUST be submitted by email to the following address:

The Montgomery County Board of Electrical Examiners also requires that all applicants for new Montgomery County electrical business and renewal electrical business licenses submit a copy of their State of Maryland Business license with every application package.  The State of Maryland business license may be obtained from your local jurisdiction Circuit Court of Maryland. 

The Board of Electrical Examiners reviews the application and supporting documents for accuracy and approves or disapproves the application.

What Conditions of Licensing, if not met, Could Affect Obtaining an Electrical Permit?

  • Expired certificate of insurance
  • Expired Master Electrician's License
  • Expired Electrical Contractor's Business License

How is the License Renewed?

Electrical Business’ licenses expire every two years. Renewal notices are usually mailed to the licensee's last known address six to eight weeks prior to expiration of the license, however it is ultimately the licensee’s responsibility to ensure their license is renewed in a timely fashion. Written change-of-address notifications are critical to the renewal process.

To renew an Electrical Business license, the electrical master or business owner must complete the renewal form which can be found here:

In addition to the completed application, applicants must also provide a current copy of the Business’ Certificate of Liability Insurance with Montgomery County listed as the certificate holder. Current copies of the Certificate of Liability Insurance MUST be submitted by email to the following address: Applicants must also submitted a photostatic copy of the Business’ State of Maryland Business License they obtained at the Maryland Circuit Court in which they registered the business with.

The fee for renewal is $181.28 for two years.  

What are the Consequences of Failure to Renew a License?

Renewal applications received more than ten(10) business days after the expiration date of the license are subject to a late renewal fee of $60.77. Renewal applications received more than six(6) months after the expiration date will not be accepted.

Application Package
  Electrical Constractor's Business License Procedure Master & Limited Master Electrician
  Application for Electrical Business License Company or Corporation
  Application for Electrical Business License Sole Proprietorship or Partnership
  Procedure for Renewal Electrical Constractor Business License
  Application for Renewal Electrical Business License
Fees and Taxes
Fee Schedules Executive Regulations
Credit Card Authorization Form Credit Card Authorization Form
General Bond Information Bond Information
Codes, Standards, Executive Regulations
Montgomery County Code National Electrical Code
Guidelines, Memorandum of Understandings, Interpretations
None at this Time  
Inspection Requirements
Residential Inspections Commercial Electrical Inspections
Frequently Asked Questions
311 Web Portal: Enter key word "Electrical License"
Online Permitting Status Information and Inspections
Online Data Seach 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.