Licensing & Permits

After your farm is up and running, bringing products to market may require special permits, certification, inspection, etc. Review the Processing and Selling Value Added Food Products in Maryland (PDF) lists requirements for more information.

General Licenses

For information on selling or producing specific products in Calvert County, please contact the Department of Economic Development at 410-535-4583. We will assist you with identifying local, state and federal licensure and permitting requirements. Here is information on selling some products:

Eggs

View the rules and regulations for selling eggs.

Good Agriculture Practices

Good Agriculture Practices or GAP certification can be obtained from the Maryland Department of Agriculture. While not mandatory, this certification is recommended for farmers providing products to schools, hospitals, restaurants, stores and other institutions.

Meats

Meat producers must comply with a number of state, local and federal requirements. View a comprehensive list of licensing resources on the Southern Maryland Meats website.

Poultry

View the MDA's requirements for registering your flock.

Value Added Food Products

After your farm business is up and running, bringing products to market may require special permits, certification, inspection, etc. Review the Processing and Selling Value Added Food Products in Maryland (PDF) lists requirements for more information.

Industrial Hemp

Visit the Maryland Department of Agriculture's requirements for growing industrial hemp.

Resources