Contact: Chris Winebrenner


Westminster, MD, Thursday, June 18, 2020 – Today, in Open Session, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners agreed to follow Governor Hogan’s Executive Order 20-06-11-01, which grants authority to the county to suspend the due date for liquor licenses. The commissioners, in an effort to assist restaurants, will postpone the due date until Maryland lifts the current State of Emergency.

There are three categories of liquor license holders:

  • Those businesses which previously paid this year’s liquor license fee need to do nothing.
  • Those who a submitted payment which is not yet processed, will have the option to continue with payment or hold the payment until the Maryland State of Emergency is lifted. County staff will contact these license holders to determine their wishes.
  • Those businesses who have yet to pay the licensing fee may submit payment or postpone payment until the Maryland State of Emergency is lifted.

“It is our goal to help our small businesses and restaurants as much as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic and provide relief where we can,” said Board President Stephen Wantz. “We appreciate Governor Hogan’s Executive Order allowing us to temporarily suspend this fee and are happy to follow this guidance.”

Meetings are available for viewing on the county meeting portal and the county YouTube channel. In addition, all meetings will be replayed on Comcast Channel 24.