Building Codes and 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)

City of Laurel, Chapter 18 - Building & 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

Fire Marshal & Permit Services

The Department of the Fire Marshal and Permit Services (FMPS) is divided into two Divisions who are responsible for the management and enforcement of the City’s codes and ordinances as it relates to wide range of areas, to include building and property standards, fire and life safety standards, rental housing licenses and permitting services.