To create a “cushion” if a price increase for a liquor license in Harford County is not approved by the state legislature during the next session, the liquor board plans to increase its administrative fees.
The Harford County Liquor Control Board met briefly Wednesday to approve the fee increases, which will go into effect Jan. 1.
The new, higher fees approved by the board include $600 for new applications, transfers and change of officers, a $100 increase; $125 for supplement applications, a $25 increase; and $30 for a per diem or single day license, a $5 increase.
The administrative fees are separate from the license fees and could be rolled back to the current rates, depending on what the legislature does in the spring, board member Butch Tilley said.
“This gives us an additional cushion in case they don’t do anything, which is a high probability,” Tilley said.
The liquor board also approved charging a late fee for licensees who submit an application for an outside event. There is no cost to submit an application, but the board will begin charging a $50 late fee to process them if they are submitted less than 15 days before the event.
If applications are submitted late, there isn’t enough time to present them to liquor board members at a meeting and have them approved, Tilley said.
“Because now they technically can’t have an event because they didn’t give us notice,” board chairwoman Sheryl Davis Kohl said. “So we’re giving them a mechanism to still have that last-minute event if they decide to.”