Recent Changes

ATTENTIONArchitects, Engineers, Fire Protection Contractors and Electrical Contractors


:  The State of Maryland has POSTPONED the adoption of the 2018 Edition of the NFPA 1 and NFPA 101 Codes.
As a result the City of Frederick will continue to enforce the 2015 Edition of the NFPA 1 and NFPA 101 Codes until further notice.

Effective January 1,  2019 the City of Frederick will enforce the following codes:

  • 2018 NFPA 1 (Fire Code)
  • 2018 NFPA 101 (Life Safety Code)
  • Standards referenced by these codes will also be effective (including 2016 NFPA 13 and 2016 NFPA 72) - These new codes & standards are applicable to Building & Fire Protection Permits submitted AFTER DECEMBER 31, 2018.

  • 2017 National Electric Code - This new code is applicable to Building  Electrical Permits submitted AFTER DECEMBER 31, 2018.

ATTENTION:  Effective July 1, 2018

The City of Frederick has previously offered upon request as a service to private property owners the installation of water and sewer service connections from the main to the property line for a fee.  Effective July 1, 2018, this service will no longer be offered.  The City will however, continue to make the water and sewer taps.  The fee for these taps will be per the fee schedule.


The backflow test forms have been recently updated.

Click here for details.

  Highlights of New Changes - Effective July 1, 2017:

  • New Commercial Application for - PRIMARY SITE USER for MOBILE FOOD VENDOR (Winery, Brewery or Distillery)
  • Increase of Frederick County School Impact Fees for New Residential Dwellings Units (Single Family, Townhouse/Duplex, Condos/Apts.) for permits issued July 1, 2017 or after.


Beginning in 2017 - The City of Frederick will not be mailing the Contractor Registration (License) Renewal Forms.

PLUMBING CODE UPDATE:  EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2017 The City of Frederick will adopt the following codes:

  • 2015 National Standard Plumbing Code Illustrated
  • 2015 National Fuel and Gas Code NFPA 54
  • 2014 Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code NFPA 58

The City of Frederick will apply these codes to ALL Permit Applications received AFTER JUNE 30, 2017.
For current updates to the National Standard Plumbing Code Illustrated, go to
Inspections are code based.  The City does not perform a plan review for plumbing or gas.

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2016,  The 2015 Edition of of the I.B.C. (International Building Code), The 2015 Edition of the I.R.C. (International Residential Code), The 2015 Edition of the 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.

If your company currently has a production number for your house designs, be advised that you must apply for a new production number using plans that have been updated to the 2015 codes.