Maryland Alcohol Licensing Association


Helping You Navigate

Alcohol Compliance in Maryland

 Alcohol Licensing & Related Issues During



Governor Larry Hogan

Expanding Alcohol Beverage Delivery and Carryout Services

Restaurants, bars, breweries, wineries, distilleries, and other entities holding a State or local license to manufacture or sell alcoholic beverages (“Alcohol Beverage Retailers”) may deliver off-premises, or sell if promptly taken from the premises before consumption, alcoholic beverages in sealed containers to purchasers… Read more

Prohibiting Large Gatherings and Events

All Restaurants and Bars shall remain closed to the general public, except that, to the extent permitted by applicable law, and in accordance with any social-distancing recommendations of the MD Dept. of Health, food and beverages may be: sold if such food or beverages are promptly taken from the premises, i.e., on a carry-out or drive through basis; or delivered to customers off the premises. Read more

Augmenting The Emergency Medical Services Workforce

…the Executive Director of the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems….may suspend the effect of specific provisions…upon finding that such suspension will: not endanger the public health, welfare, or safety; augment the emergency medical services workforce; and improve the response to the state of emergency and catastrophic health emergency. Read more

The Hogan Administration’s COVID-19 Response

Do you have questions about alcohol laws or wondered if you need an alcohol license? Do you know how to secure a license and which ones may be applicable to specific situations? The Maryland Alcohol Licensing Association (MALA) can help.

MALA trains and educates Maryland business owners, citizens, and visitors about statewide and county alcohol beverage laws which impact how business is conducted in the state and our communities. Membership is comprised of Liquor Board Members, Program Administrators, Alcohol Inspectors, Alcohol Enforcement Officers, Officials from the Office of the State Comptroller, Licensing Board Attorneys, and Industry representatives.

Our website provides community points of contact, information about state statutes, alcohol trade practices, and more. 


Get Started Here

On behalf of the Maryland Alcohol Licensing Association, welcome to – the place to find information about Maryland and jurisdictional alcohol beverage laws. The alcohol beverage industry is ever-changing and keeping up with the laws and statutes which govern the industry can be challenging.

MALA helps communities understand why statutes and practices are in place and how they can help businesses operate within the parameters of the law. 

Check back often for updates, and please feel free to contact us if you have additional questions after reviewing our site.

Enjoy Responsibly,

Kathie Durbin

MALA President