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Rental Housing License Fees

Howard County Council Resolution
Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits
3430 Court House Drive
Ellicott City, Maryland 21043
410-313-2455

Applies only to rental housing for which a rental housing license is required pursuant to the Howard County Code. A 10% technology fee applies to all rental housing license fees. 

Type of Housing

  • Multi-unit housing (3 or more dwelling units) such as apartment complexes and similar buildings in which the occupants are primarily not transient in nature (includes public areas)
    • Biennial License Fee: $93.50 per dwelling unit (includes technology fee)
     
  • Hotels, motels, and similar occupancies in which the occupants are primarily transient in nature, making use of the facilities for a period of less than 30 days
    • Biennial License Fee: $55.00 per sleeping room (includes technology fee)
     
  • All buildings arranged for the use of 1 or 2 family dwelling units such as single family detached homes, single family attached homes, townhouses, individually owned condominiums, duplexes, and mobile homes in which the occupants are primarily not transient in nature and do not require supervised assisted living
    • 93.50 per dwelling unit (includes technology fee)
     
  • Dormitories, rooming houses, and sheltered care facilities
    • $55.00 per sleeping room (includes technology fee)
     
  • Single family dwellings in which the occupants are primarily not transient in nature and require supervised assisted living
    • $93.50 per sleeping room (includes technology fee)
     
  • Other Charges
    • Transfer fee
      • $20.00
       
    • Late fee for restoration of an expired license after the billing period
      • $25.00 plus the license fee
       
    • Late fee for bills unpaid
      • After 30 days: $15.00
      • After 60 days: $25.00
       
     

Reinspection Surcharge-required to verify or determine compliance after issuance of violation notice

  • 2nd reinspection
    • $50
     
  • 3rd reinspection
    • $75
     
  • 4th and subsequent reinspections
    • $125