Building Codes

Current Codes in Effect

Adopted Codes

Building

(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 and Gas Code National Fire Protection Administration (NFPA) 54
  • 2014 Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code NFPA 58

Electrical

  • 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) with local amendments, Effective January 1, 2019 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 January 1, 2016)
  • 2015 Fire Code - NFPA 1 with local amendments- (2015 NFPA 1 effective on January 1, 2016)

Other Local Codes, Ordinances

Maryland State Codes

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

  • Maryland Building Performance Standards (MPBS)
  • Maryland Department of Environment requirements for pollution point sources and fuel tanks
  • 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 Boiler Code
  • Maryland State Elevator Code
  • Maryland State Energy Conservation Code
  • Maryland State Industrialized Building Code
  • Maryland State Rehabilitation Code
  • Maryland State Safety Glazing Code

There are other codes, laws and ordinances that apply, such as the:

  • City Flood Plain Ordinance
  • City Zoning Ordinance
  • Maryland State Boiler Code
  • Maryland State Elevator Code
  • Maryland State Safety Glazing Code
  • MDE requirements for pollution point sources and fuel tanks

Contacts

City of Frederick Phone Numbers

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

Other Phone Numbers & Contact Information