On average, listings lease in the $30's per square foot per year. The Ellicott City submarket is going through a decrease in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate fell $1 per sqft per year. That's a 2% decrease in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Greater Baltimore market, the Ellicott City region has more expensive rates, and you'll need to make a great offer to be in this hot submarket.
In the last 90 days, 28 listings have been made available, which means new listings most likley are going fast. You'll want to be prepared to tour spaces as quick as possible. About 7% of the available leases in the Ellicott City are subleases, so you will probably have to consider a longer term lease. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet available, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
The standard measurement for office space in this area is around 1,000 sqft. Most buildings in this region are close to 2 stories. Most buildings in this region were built in 1986 and are Class B.