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Board of License Commissioners - Liquor Control Board

The Board of License Commissioners / Liquor Control Board can be reached by telephone and email.  If citizens wish to make an appointment, they can do so by calling 301-334-1925 or email
UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency and the restricted access to the Garrett County Courthouse to the public, the February 11, 2021 meeting at 9:00 AM will be conducted by teleconference.  Email for details on the call  Click here to view the Agenda.
UPDATE In compliance with the Governor's Order to extend the expiration date for licenses and permits, the issuance of renewed alcoholic beverage licenses has been extended from the July 1, 2020 renewal deadline.  However, renewal fees are being accepted at this time and the 2020 licenses are being issued.  Renewed 2020 alcoholic beverage licenses are required to be posted once issued.  Licensees who have not paid their renewal fees will be contacted in the future about payment and issuance.  If you have not paid your renewal fees, you should continue to display the 2019 license.
Maryland Annotated Code Alcoholic Beverages Article AB,  Statement of policy - Regulation and control of alcoholic beverages. -- To obtain respect and obedience to law and to foster and promote temperance, it is the policy of the State to regulate and control the manufacture, sale, distribution, transportation, and storage of alcoholic beverages in the State; and the transportation and distribution of alcoholic beverages into and out of the State.  To carry out this policy in the best public interest, it is the intent of the General Assembly that the Comptroller, local licensing boards, liquor control boards, enforcement officers, and judges of the courts of the State be empowered to administer and enforce this article.
It is also the policy of the State to tax alcoholic beverages as provided in the Tax - General Article; and deny to a political subdivision in the State, by public general or public local law, the power to impose a tax on distilled spirits, beer, wine, and all other alcoholic beverages.
The restrictions, regulations, provisions, and penalties contained in this article are for the protection, health, welfare, and safety of the people of the State.

The Garrett County Board of License Commissioners also known as the Liquor Control Board are responsible for issuing alcoholic beverage licenses at the retail level and enforcement of State and local laws, rules, and regulations governing retail sales. 
The members of the Board are appointed by the Governor.  He shall appoint two members of the Board who are members of that political party which has elected a majority of the members of the Board of County Commissioners and one member of the Board from that political party other than the one electing a majority of the Board of County Commissioners.  The appointments shall be confirmed by the House of Delegates if there is no resident Senator elected from the county.  
Lisa M. Herman, Chairperson
David L. Moe, Commissioner
Michael J. Fratz, Commissioner
Debbe Owston, Administrator to the Board of License Commissioners