Licensing & Permits
After your farm is up and running, bringing products to market may require special permits, certification, inspection, etc.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Visit the Maryland Department of Agriculture's requirements for growing industrial hemp.
- Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) Regulatory Information Center
A list of regulations relating to environmental and consumer protection as well as the promotion of agriculture.
- A Farmer's Guide to Environmental Permits