From a licensing standpoint, an online business is not significantly different than a business that has a physical storefront location. For the purposes of this example, let's assume an online business is a business that sells products or services through a web site and does not warehouse or store any inventory.
Maryland State agencies regulate the sales of
certain goods to the public including, but not limited to, agricultural products, plants, animals, pesticides, chemicals, fertilizers, food, beverages, motor fuels, tobacco, body tissues, precious metal objects, burial goods, boats, hand guns, fireworks, explosives, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, motor vehicles, insurance plans, securities, franchises, health club memberships, pay telephones, condominiums, real estate, and various other goods and products.
Maryland State agencies regulate
certain services that could be offered to the public over the Internet including, but not limited to, importing and exporting, educational services, pawn brokering services, employment agency services, home health agency services, accounting services, legal services, medical advice, insurance consulting, financial planning, stockbroker services, charities and various other services.
Statewide Licenses page to find the licenses needed for the types of goods or services that you will be selling over the Internet.
If you use
scales or meters to sell products to Maryland consumers, you will need to have your weighing and measuring devices certified for accuracy. Visit the Maryland Department of Agriculture or call 410-841-5790 for more information.
Contact the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation if you have additional questions or need more information.