Maryland Building Codes and Contacts

The following information is reprinted with permission from the Building Codes Assistance Project:
Maryland climate zones
Current Commercial Code

Maryland Building Performance Standards, based on the 2015 IECC
Effective January 1, 2015

Current Residential Code

Maryland Building Performance Standards, based on the 2015 IECC
Effective January 1, 2015

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Climate Zones: 4A, 5A

Code Adoption and Change Process

Code Change Process

Regulatory:Updates to the MBPS and MPC proceed through the rulemaking authority of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Codes Administration. Public notice, public hearings, and a public comment period are all required before a new rule updating the codes can be published in the Maryland Register.

Enforcement of the MBPS is the responsibility of the local jurisdiction where the building or structure is located. Energy and accessibility codes are exempt from the state’s home rule provisions; municipalities may only implement amendments that increase code stringency. Local jurisdictions are expected to adopt and implement any amendments to the current MBPS within six months of DHCD adoption.

Code Change Cycle

Per Senate Bill 625, passed in May 2009, the DHCD must update the MBPS to incorporate the latest applicable I-codes within 12 months of publication of the new code editions.

Next Code Update

Unknown

Maryland Code Contacts

Jim Magliano
Code Enforcement Officer
Maryland Codes Administration
Email: james.magliano@maryland.gov

David St. Jean
Program Manager
Maryland Energy Administration
Email: david.stjean@maryland.gov

Carolyn Sarno Goldthwaite
Senior Program Manager, High Performance Buildings
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)
Email: cgoldthwaite@neep.org

This information was compiled by the Building Codes Assistance Project, and used with their permission.