Building Codes


Adopted Codes


(Note: Effective January 1, 2016, The 2015 Edition of the IBC, The 2015 Edition of the IRC, The 2015 IECC (International Energy Conservation Code) and the Maryland Building Performance Standards will be applicable to permits applied for after December 31, 2015. These codes will replace the previously enforced 2012 Editions.)

Plumbing / Gas
  • 2015 National Standard Plumbing Code Illustrated with local amendments
  • 2015 National Fuel & Gas Code NFPA 54
  • 2014 Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code NFPA 58

  • 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) with local amendments, Effective 1/1/19 applicable to permits applied after December 31, 2018

    Fire Prevention
    • Maryland State Fire Prevention Code
    • 2015 Life Safety Code - NFPA 101 with local amendments - (2015 NFPA 101 effective on 01-01-16)
    • 2015 Fire Code - NFPA 1 with local amendments- (2015 NFPA 1 effective on 01-01-16)

    Other Local Codes, Ordinances

    Maryland State Codes
    (Visit the Maryland Codes Administration website to download copies of the MD State Codes)

    • Maryland Building Performance Standards (MPBS)
    • Maryland State Accessibility Code which references ADA Architectural Guidelines (ADAAG) for Commerical Buildings and the Fair Housing act, as Amended Architectural Guidelines (FHAAG) for residential buildings containing more than 4 units
    • Maryland State Energy Conservation Code
    • Maryland State Rehabilitation Code
    • Maryland State Industrialized Building Code
    • Maryland State Safety Glazing Code
    • Maryland State Elevator Code
    • Maryland State Boiler Code
    • Maryland Dept. of Environment requirements for pollution point sources and fuel tanks

    There are other codes, laws and ordinances that apply, such as the City Zoning Ordinance, City Flood Plain Ordinance, Maryland State Boiler Code, Maryland State Elevator Code, Maryland State Safety Glazing Code and MDE requirements for pollution point sources and fuel tanks.


    City of Frederick
    • Building Department: 301-600-3808
    • Planning Department: 301-600-1499
    • Engineering Department: 301-600-1405

    Frederick County Permits & Inspections – 301-600-2313
    Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services - 301-600-1536
    Frederick County Health Department - 301-600-1029
    Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office (Hagerstown) - 301-791-4758
    Maryland Department of the Environment
    Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene