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Building Codes

Adopted Codes

(Note:  Effective July 1, 2012, The 2012 Edition of the IBC, The 2012 Edition of the IRC, The 2012 IECC (International Energy Conservation Code) and the Maryland Building Performance Standards will be applicable to permits applied for after June 30, 2012.  These codes will replace the previously enforced 2009 Editions.)

Plumbing / Gas 
  • 2012 National Standard Plumbing Code Illustrated with local amendments
  • 2012 National Fuel Gas Code
  • 2011 Liquefield Petroleum Gas Code NFPA 58

  • 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC) with local amendments

Fire Prevention 
  • Maryland State Fire Prevention Code
  • 2012 Life Safety Code - NFPA 101 with local amendments
  • 2012 Fire Code - NFPA 1 with local amendments

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