The Smithville and Crocheron  Boat Ramps are  under construction and will be closed until construction is complete, pending weather/materials.

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Circuit Court

Check updates on information regarding Circuit Court.

Floodplain Information

Are you in a Floodplain?  Do you need information about building in the Floodplain?  Are you interested in further protecting your home from flooding?  Why should you purchase Flood Insurance?  Where is the Floodplain in Dorchester County?  Click here to find information about these questions and Dorchester County’s Floodplain Management Program.

Hotel Tax for Short-term Rentals and Hotels

Dorchester County imposes a hotel rental tax of 5% on any establishment that offers sleeping accommodations for compensation.  A “hotel” includes: an apartment, a cottage, a hostelry, an inn, a motel, rooming house or a tourist home (commonly referred to as short-term rentals).  To register and pay hotel rental taxes up to $10,000, please contact the Finance Office at 410-228-7291.  To pay hotel rental taxes over $10,000, a hotel tax form and remittance instructions can be found here.  Please contact the Finance Office if you have any questions 410-228-7291.

Dorchester County Charter Review Commission

TAKE NOTICE: The County Council has reconvened the Charter Review Commission and it is currently meeting twice per month (see meeting schedule below under Public Notices).  The Commission is seeking suggestions from Dorchester County residents for proposed changes to the County Charter.  Suggestions may be emailed to or via mail Attn: Charter Review Commission, 501 Court Lane, Cambridge, MD 21613.  Suggestions may be submitted anonymously.



Regional Technology Park

Let our natural beauty and signature Eastern Shore lifestyle move you to Dorchester’s Technology Park. Conveniently located off U.S. Route 50, the Tech Park is a full-service business enterprise zone with 12 competitively priced, builder-ready lots. With prices beginning at $23,000/acre, our building lots range from 2.2 to 5.5 acres. Our economic development team is headquartered at the Eastern Shore Innovation Center, the Tech Park’s flagship business incubator. As business neighbors, our network ensures you real-time advice, assistance and advocacy. Learn more here .