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Transfer of Administration
During the 2018 session of the Maryland General Assembly, House Bill 694 passed. The bill authorized the transfer of the Maryland Building Codes Administration to the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, effective July 1, 2018.

Adoption of 2018 edition of International Building Code, International Residential Code, International Energy Conservation Code, and Other Applicable Codes

State of Maryland adoption of 2018 edition of I-codes and other codes, under Maryland Building Performance Standards and Model Performance Code, has become final in the Maryland Register, Volume 46, Issue 6, March 15, 2019 with an effective date of March 25, 2019.

Newly Adopted Building Code-Related Regulations (COMAR)
COMAR 09.12.50: Model Performance Code
COMAR 09.12.51: Maryland Building Performance Standards
COMAR 09.12.52: Industrialized Buildings and Manufactured Homes
COMAR 09.12.53: Maryland accessibility Code
COMAR 09.12.54: Minimum Livability Code
COMAR 09.12.55: Safety Glazing
COMAR 09.12.58: Maryland Rehabilitation Code Regulations

In summary, this rule-making performed three regulatory actions, including:

  1. Re-codify/move the regulations from what was formerly adopted into Title 05 Department of Housing and Community Development to Title 09 Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation; and
  2. Adopt the 2018 edition of the applicable codes published by International Codes Council and the 2017 edition of National Electric Code, published by NFPA; and
  3. Amend the 2018 edition of International Energy Conservation Code to allow for flexibility in the measured air exchange in the performance compliance path as long as the baseline design criteria remain unchanged from the prescribed standard.

For additional information, contact:
Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
Division of Labor and Industry
Building Codes Administration

1100 N. Eutaw Street, Room 606
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-767-2185
e-mail: dldlibuildingcodes-dllr@maryland.gov