Healthy People in a Healthy Environment

Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted living facilities, previously known in Harford County as personal care boarding homes, are licensed through the Office of Health Care Quality of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The office is located in the Bland Bryant Building at the Spring Grove Hospital Center, 55 Wade Avenue, Catonsville, MD 21228.

Staff may be accessed through the following phone numbers: 410-402-8185, 410-402-8217, or toll free at 877-402-8221. Please visit the Office of Health Care Quality, through their website by clicking here.

Please adhere to the Office of Health Care Quality to facilitate processing of your application to operate an assisted living facility.

Harford County Health Department maintains oversight responsibility for on-site sewage disposal systems, on-site water supply systems (drinking water wells) and food service operations providing meals to 17 or more persons. For questions concerning the adequacy of water supply and sewage disposal systems, please call 410-877-2330. Questions pertaining to food service operations and food service facility licensure should be directed to 410-877-2305.

Zoning approval from the local zoning authority is the first step in the licensure process. If your facility is located within the city limits of the following municipalities, please contact the appropriate office:

  •  Town of Bel Air: 410-638-4540 
  •  City of Aberdeen: 410-272-2222
  •  City of Havre de Grace: 410-939-1800

For proposed assisted living facilities located outside of the boundaries of the three municipalities, please contact the Harford County Department of Planning and Zoning at 410-638-3103.