The State of Maryland adopted the 2018 editions of the International Building Code (IBC) and the International Residential Code (IRC) with modifications to coincide with other Maryland laws. These constitute the Maryland Building Performance Standards (MBPS). Each jurisdiction in Maryland use the same edition of the same building codes, but can modify them to suit local conditions.
Public Comments are currently being accepted through February 27, 2023, by the Division of Labor and Industry regarding the incorporation by reference of the 2021 International Building Code (IBC) and the 2021 International Residential Code (IRC) into the Maryland Building Performance Standards.
Building Code Compliance Software for Maryland
Plan Analyst code compliance software programs make it easy for building officials, architects and other designers to quickly perform commercial and residential building code plan reviews / code studies. Plan Analyst for the 2018 IBC and Plan Analyst for the 2018 IRC simplifies the plan review / code study process enabling compliance to specific code years. This proven software allows modifications to accommodate local amendments, where applicable. Users have the ability to add code requirements and to add to the checklist. Changes can be made permanent by changing the data file using the setup section of Plan Analyst, or specific reports can be edited for special conditions.
Plan Analyst Calculators: Deck – Sign – Beam & Column
Plan Analyst Deck, Sign and Beam & Column Calculators are additional simple and effective design and code review software tools that will quickly become your go-to resources when working on associated tasks.
Users of Plan Analyst in Maryland have included:
|City of Salisbury||Arel Architects|
|Montgomery County||Broadway Renovations, LLC|
|Town of Elkton||Creative Access, Inc.|
|Town of Ocean City||Notari Associates|
|Washington County||The Cleo Group|
|Wicomico County||Triangle Sign & Service|
Building and Residential Code Resources in Maryland
- Maryland Building Officials Association
- Maryland code administration news
- Purchase code books
- Purchase Plan Analyst for the IBC and or IRC to automate and simplify your plan reviews / code studies plananalyst.com.
- The ICC General Code website provides access to some municipal codes.
Energy Code Compliance Software for Maryland
Visit the U.S. Department of Energy website to see the latest on energy code adoption in Maryland, including the use of COMcheck and REScheck Energy Code compliance software. COMcheck enables architects, builders, designers, and contractors to determine whether new commercial or high-rise residential buildings, additions, and alterations meet the requirements of the IECC and ASHRAE Standard 90.1. REScheck product enables builders, designers, and contractors to determine whether new homes, additions, and alterations meet the requirements of the IECC or a number of state energy codes.
The “Building Codes Assistance Project” also provides information on Maryland’s building energy codes.
FEMA Building Code Adoption Tracking
The FEMA Building Code Adoption Tracking program reports on the status of hazard-resistant building code adoption in each state. Maryland is in FEMA Region 3. Read the 2022 Region 3 fact sheet showing the annual metric of the percent of communities adopting hazard-resistant building codes in Maryland.
AIA and ICC
American Institute of Architects – AIA Maryland represents architects in the state. There are over 6,000 registered and reciprocal architects in Maryland.
Maryland has a central ICC Chapter administered by the Maryland Building Officials Association. ICC also maintains a list of their chapters.
Maryland code adoption status on the ICC website