About Statutes

This page accesses the Code of Maryland (Statutes) and the Maryland Municipal Charters and Resolutions as compiled and maintained by the Department of Legislative Services.

The Code is arranged by and organized into “Articles” (e.g. Transportation Article), which are further subdivided into “titles”, “subtitles”, “sections”, “subsections”, “paragraphs”, subparagraphs”, etc.

Note that the “official” compilation of the laws (Chapters) enacted at each session of the General Assembly is published by the State as the “Laws of Maryland”, commonly referred to as the “Session Laws”. The Session Laws for each session are compiled chronologically by chapter number and serve as the source law from which the statutes accessed here are derived.

While the “Laws of Maryland” (Session Laws) constitute the official laws of the State, this Code and the annotated versions noted below are accepted as “evidence” of the law in all State courts and by all public offices and officials (See § 10-201 of the Courts & Judicial Proceedings Article). However, in the event of a conflict between the Code and the Session Laws, the Session Laws prevail.

Note: Annotated versions of the Code, published by LexisNexis and West, are available in book and online formats. These Annotated Codes include references to case law, related citations, and explanatory notations.

The Municipal Charters are updated each year by incorporating all charter resolutions received by the Department through May 31 of that year. Individual Municipal Resolutions are published to the General Assembly website as they are received by the Department.

Statute Text

Article - Alcoholic Beverages
(a)   Subject to §§ 3–405 and 3–406 of this subtitle, a holder of an expiring license is entitled to an annual license renewal:
(1)   on the approval of the license renewal application by the Comptroller;
(2)   on payment of the annual license fee; and
(3)   without filing or providing more information unless specifically requested by the Comptroller.
(b)   Except as provided in §§ 3–406(a) and 3–407(c) of this subtitle, the Comptroller shall consider an application for license renewal in the same manner as for an original application.
(c)    (1)   In addition to any license fee otherwise required under this article, an applicant for renewal of a manufacturer’s or wholesaler’s license under Title 2, Subtitle 2 or 3 of this article shall pay to the Comptroller a renewal fee of $30.
(2)   The renewal fee under this subsection does not apply to a license for which payment of an annual license fee is not otherwise required under this article.