The Harford County Liquor Control Board administers and enforces the provisions of the Alcoholic Beverage Laws as they are contained in Article 2B of the Annotated Code of Maryland and the Rules and Regulations of the Liquor Control Board. The primary function of the Liquor Board is to regulate the issuance of all alcohol beverage licenses, control the manner in which alcohol is dispersed, and to adopt, prepare and enforce laws pertaining to the sale and use of alcohol in Harford County.
The Harford County Liquor Control Board is comprised of five board members, who are appointed for a three year term. One of these appointees is designated to serve as the chairman, and another serves as vice-chair. The Liquor Board employs an administrator/general officer to oversee daily functions, an administrative assistant, and a chief inspector, who is responsible for the enforcement/inspection of licensed establishments. The chief inspector also acts as a supervisor for any part-time inspectors.
Harford County Liquor Control Board meetings are held in a public forum at 16 N. Main Street, located in downtown Bel Air, Maryland. It is at these public meetings that licenses are issued, transferred, suspended, and/or revoked, and fines for violations are levied. There are numerous types of alcoholic beverage licenses issued by the Liquor Board. They range from one-day permits, to seven days a week, 365 days a year. There are licenses for on premises only sales, off premises only and on and off premises sales. Licenses are issued to clubs, fire companies, restaurants, taverns, hotels, caterers and even stadiums. Fees for licenses range from $15.00 to $10, 000.00 per year.
For further information on the functions and responsibilities, more specific license information, or to pass on a "tip" you may contact the Harford County Liquor Control Board by phone, fax or email.