Maryland Building Codes

Building Codes References

Maryland's law related to building codes is called the Maryland Building Performance Standards (MBPS). It requires each jurisdiction in Maryland to use the same edition of the same building codes that are the International Building Code (IBC) and the International Residential Code (IRC). The State has modified the IBC and the IRC to coincide with other Maryland laws. The International Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC) with modifications by the State constitute the Maryland Building Performance Standards (MBPS).
Code TypeCode ModelAmendment Contact
Building/Dwelling CodeIBC & IRC 2012 [Maryland Building Performance Standards (MBPS)]w/the Dept of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) modificationsCodes Administration, Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD), (410) 514-7220
Structural CodeIBC & IRC 2012 [Maryland Building Performance Standards (MBPS)]w/the Dept of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) modificationsCodes Administration, DHCD, (410) 514-7220
Plumbing Code2006 National Standard Plumbing Code with 2007 Supplement & NFGCState of Maryland Plumbing Code
Mechanical Code2006 IMC with modifications State of Maryland Mechanical Code
Applies to state buildings
Electrical Code2011 NECState of Maryland Electrical Code
Fire/Life Safety Code2009 NFPA 101 Life Safety CodeState of Maryland Fire Code
Accessibility Code2012 Maryland Accessibility CodeState of Maryland Accessibility Code
Energy Code2012 IECCEnergy Conservation Building Standards
Elevator Code2012 IBCDiv. Of Industry, Dept. of Licensing & Regulation, (410) 767-2350
Gas Code2006 National Fuel Gas Code State of Maryland Fuel Gas Code
Other CodesMaryland Building Rehabilitation Code: 2009 IEBC

Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)

Authorities Having Jurisdiction are those government officials who are the final authority on questions in a particular area (or jurisdiction).
Jurisdictional AreaContact
StructuralKanti Patel
Manager, MBPS, DHCD
Phone: (410) 514-7220
Fax: (410) 987-8902
PlumbingJoseph D Sliwka
Phone: (410) 230-6160
Fax: (410) 333-6314
MechanicalJoseph D Sliwka
Phone: (410) 230-6160
Fax: (410) 333-6314
ElectricalJohn Bender
Chief Fire Protection Engineer
Phone: (410) 339-4200
Fax: (410) 339-4215
AccessibilitySteven Shen
Chief, Compliance, Enforcement & Training (DHCD)
Phone: (410) 514-7214
Fax: (410) 987-8902
EnergySteven Shen
Chief, Compliance, Enforcement & Training (DHCD)
Phone: (410) 514-7214
Fax: (410) 987-8902
Fire MarshalJohn Bender
Chief Fire Protection Engineer
Phone: (410) 339-4200
Fax: (410) 339-4215
Elevator InspectorRudolph Gondeck
Chief Elevator Inspector, Dept. of Labor, Lic. & R
Phone: (410) 767-2350
Fax: (410) 333-7721
Building codes are also available for these other Maryland municipalities: