Building Codes and Bulletins

The Building Plan Review Division and the Inspections Division will frequently post the current codes and bulletins to inform the building industry of changes, modifications, and/or procedures associated with the building permit process.

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Codes Currently Used by the Prince George's County Government

Fire

Building Codes:

Sprinkler System:

Fire Alarm:

Electrical

Electrical Code:

Structural

Building Code:

Accessibility Code

Mechanical/Energy

Referenced Abbreviations:

  • MBPS – Maryland Building Performance Standards
  • MBRC – Maryland Building Rehabilitation Code
  • IEBC – International Existing Building Code
  • IECC – International Energy Conservation Code

Current Amendments for each code See subtitles 4 (building), 9 (electrical) and 11 (fire). Please visit the Legislative/Zoning Information System.

For Statewide Building Codes please click on the link: http://mdcodes.umbc.edu/

2015

Solar

Bulletin 2015-01 (PDF) - This bulletin establishes Requirements for Third-Party Commercial and Residential Solar System Inspections.

2014

Electrical

Bulletin EC2014-05 (PDF) - This bulletin establishes Electrical Fees for the installation of a Solar Photovoltaic Electrical Energy System in one- and two-family dwellings, townhouses, or commercial/industrial structures.

2013

Building

Bulletin 2013-01 (PDF) - This bulletin clarifies that a construction permit is required and lists the minimum requirements for removal of a swimming pool. 

2010

Building/Structural

Bulletin 2010-4 (PDF) - This bulletin is to correct the bulletin dated May 21, 2010 which announced the suspension of the Building Postcard Permit for residential fences that are up to six feet in height.

2009

Building

2007

Electrical

Bulletin 2007-2 (PDF) - Permitting and inspection practices for unmetered Private Area Lighting (PAL) installations on private property by an electrical utility company (EUC).

Fire

Bulletin F07-01 (PDF) - Amendment to the sprinkler requirements for additions and replacement structures

2006

Building

Bulletin 2006-2 - Building Code Update of the 2003 International Building Code, 2003 International Residential Code, 2003 International Mechanical Code, and 2003 International Energy Conservation Code.

Fire

2005

Building

  • Bulletin 2005-4 – Building Permit Fees for Single Family Dwellings, Townhouses, Apartment and Condominiums
  • Bulletin 2005-2 (PDF) Page 1, Page 2 – Heating System Certification for Single Family Homes
  • Bulletin 2005-1 (PDF) Guidelines Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5 – Stormwater Management Concept and Technical Procedures Update

Electrical

Bulletin EC2005-01 - Equipotential Bonding Grid for permanently installed pools, outdoor spas, and outdoor hot tub decks.

Fire

2004

Building

2003

Building

Bulletin 2003-2 – Plan Screening April 10, 2003 (PDF) – New Single Family Dwellings
A 28-B03 2

2002

Building

Electrical

Bulletin EC2002-01 (PDF) – Arch-Fault Circuit Interrupter Protection October 4, 2002
E 1-EC02-1

Fire

Bulletin F02-01 (PDF) – Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Attachment 1, Attachment 2 – Outdoor Detached Above Ground Storage Tanks, November 18, 2002
F 1-F02-1

2001

Building

Electrical

Bulletin EC2001-01 (PDF) - Arch-Fault Circuit Interrupter Protection, December 19, 2001
A 2-EC01-1
2000

Building

Bulletin 2000-1 – Page 1, Page 2, Page 3 – Restoration Bonds for Grading and Building Permits, July 3, 2000
A 15-B001

Electrical

Bulletin EC2000-01 (PDF) – New Journeyman and Apprentice License Procedures, November 17, 2000
E 3-EC00-1