Board of License Commissioners - Liquor Board


The Board of License Commissioners serves a quasi-judicial function in administering and enforcing the Alcoholic Beverage Laws of the State of Maryland and the Rules and Regulations for the Prince George's County Board of License Commissioners.  The Board generally holds three hearings a month.  Hearings are typically the first and second Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. to adjudicate alleged violations, issue permits and consider items associated with the operation of licensed premises.  The third hearing is scheduled the fourth Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. to issue new licenses and transfer existing licenses.  The public is encouraged to attend the hearings. 


Oretha Bridgwaters-Simms, Chairwoman

Armando Camacho, Vice-Chairman

Tammy D. Sparkman, Commissioner

Tammie Norman, Commissioner

Dennis C. Smith, Commissioner


Hours of Operation

The hours of operation for any application/permit process are indicated below:

  • Application/Permit walk-in hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Renewal application walk-in hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes will be posted upon approval of the Board.

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Inclement Weather

The Board of License Commissioners is committed to adhering to the published hearing schedule.  In the event of inclement weather, a notice will be provided on the Board’s webpage and on the answering machine for the main telephone number 301-583-9980.  When the Prince George’s County Government is closed, is on liberal leave or has a delayed opening, the day hearing will be rescheduled.  Evening hearings will be cancelled by 3:00 p.m. if inclement weather is anticipated.


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Restaurant Temporary Outdoor Seating Area (RTOSA)


Licensees requesting to extend their alcoholic beverage privileges to an outdoor location should submit an application using the County’s outdoor seating online portal.  This application portal is only for establishments that possess a current Alcoholic Beverage License.


There is no need to apply if outdoor seating exists for your establishment and you do not wish to extend seating.


This information is being sent on behalf of Terence Sheppard, Director of the Board of License Commissioners:


Dear Licensees:


               Legislation signed by the Governor, which took effect July 1, 2021, continues to allow alcoholic beverages to go with a prepared meal and includes a two-year sunset provision. For now, sales for off premise consumption with a prepared meal by restaurant, bar and taverns by delivery, curbside or carryout with expire June 30, 2023.


Licensee(s) may only deliver alcoholic beverages off the licensed premises if the licensee has been awarded a valid Letter of Authorization from the Board of License Commissioners. Deliveries may not be made after 12:00 a.m. The following rules applies to drinks-to-go:

·         Meal(s) must be ordered. Alcoholic beverages with a prepared meal can only be sold to individuals who are at least 21 years age or older.

·         There is a two (2) drink maximum per meal. Drinks to go must be in a sealed, tamper proof container including bottles, cans, growlers, and takeout cups with lids for off-premises consumption.

·         Delivery must be made by employees of the licensed establishment. State law prohibits the delivery of alcoholic by a third party, such as Grubhub or Uber Eats.

·         Deliveries may not be made to any other alcoholic beverages license premise or any property where alcohol is prohibited.


For your convenience, the following links and images have been provided to give an example of the types of containers the Board deems acceptable. Please note, these links should not be considered suggestions of where to purchase the containers, nor a requirement of where they should be purchased.

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