City Building Codes

Building Codes & Standards

The City of Laurel has adopted the following codes and standards by reference with amendments:

  • 2017 NFPA 70 National Electrical Code
  • 2017 NFPA 70 E Electrical Safety in the Workplace
  • 2018 NFPA 101 Life Safety Code
  • 2018 NFPA 1
  • 2018 International Residential Code IRC
  • 2018 International Building Code IBC
  • 2018 International Energy Conservation Code IECC
  • 2018 International Mechanical Code IMC
  • 2018 PROPERTY Maintenance Code IPC
  • 2010 American Disabilities Act ADA (Maryland Accessibility Code)

View the City of Laurel, Chapter 18 - Building and Building Regulations.

Design Criteria for Plans

  • Ground Snow Load: 35psf
  • Wind Speed: 115 V(ult)
  • Seismic: Category B
  • Frost Line: 30 inches
  • Note: All new residential and commercial buildings constructed within the City of Laurel are required to be fully sprinklered.

Permit Category

  • Building and Development