General Regulations & Licensing

General Regulations - Licensing Period & Civil Penalty System

If you are a stable who solicits the general public, and have ONE or more horses - and either give lessons, board horses, or have a rental service or are a rescue or sanctuary stable, you are required by the State of Maryland to obtain and maintain licensing through the Maryland Horse Industry Board. Licensing is conditioned on periodic inspections by the Maryland Horse Industry Board and failure to comply may result in civil fines and penalties.

Pursuant to State Law and regulations promulgated in 2013, license renewal applications and fees are due on or before July 1 of each year. The stable license is valid for one year and must be renewed annually. The one-year licensing period runs from July 1 through June 30 of the following year.

(Authority: Agriculture Article, §§2-707, and 2-711, and 2-712, Annotated code of Maryland)

General Regulations - Title 15 Department of Agriculture Subtitle 16 Maryland Horse Industry Board

Administrative Penalty Standards.

A license application may be obtained by writing to:

    The Maryland Horse Industry Board
    Maryland Department of Agriculture
    50 Harry S. Truman Parkway
    Annapolis, MD 21401

Complaints: If you want to make a complaint about a licensed stable, please see the procedures and reporting form below.

Contact: Horse Industry Board Executive Director Ross Peddicord can be reached at 410-841-5798 or

Bill that Created the Maryland Horse Industry Board:  Senate Bill 653: Chapter No: 416