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), the International Residential
Code (IRC), and the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). The
State has modified the IBC and the IRC to coincide with other Maryland
laws. The International Building Code (IBC), the International
Residential Code (IRC), and the International Energy Conservation Code
(IECC), with modifications by the State constitute the Maryland Building
Performance Standards (MBPS).
Each local jurisdiction in Maryland may modify these codes to suite
local conditions with exception to the 2015 International Energy
Conservation Code (IECC - The Energy Code)) and Maryland Accessibility
Code (MAC - The Accessibility Code). The Energy Code and the
Accessibility Code can be made more stringent but not less by the local
jurisdictions. Please refer to the local jurisdictions listed under
"Local Ordinances and Contacts" on this web-page to view local
ordinances that may contain their modifications. Since ordinances change
and are modified from time to time, please contact the local
jurisdictions to obtain their current building code information.
Model Performance Code provides standards for the construction of the Industrialized/Modular buildings and construction, alteration, remodeling, and renovation of the buildings that are owned, leased, operated and controlled by the State. The Model Performance Code is not binding on any subdivision of the State unless specifically adopted by it.