Building Codes & 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 Protection and Life Safety Review Codes


  • 2018 International Building Code (IBC) and Subtitle 4
  • 2018 International Existing Building Code (IEBC)
  • 2018 NFPA 101 Life Safety Code and Subtitle 11
  • 2018 NFPA 1 Fire Code
  • Maryland State Fire Prevention Code

Sprinkler System


  • 2016 NFPA 13 Installation of Sprinkler Systems
  • 2016 NFPA 13D Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One and Two Family Dwellings
  • 2016 NFPA 13R Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Residential Occupancies up to 4 stories in height

Fire Alarm


  • 2016 NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code


Electrical Code


Building/Structural Code


  • 2018 International Residential Code
  • 2018 International Building Code and Subtitle 4 Prince George’s County Building Code
  • 2018 International Existing Building Code
  • 2018 IECC International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2018 The International Swimming Pool and Spa Code

Accessibility Code


Mechanical/Energy Code

Health Codes


  • Prince George’s County Health/Food Service Facilities Code, Subtitle 12
  • Prince George’s County Health Public Swimming Pool/Spa Code, Subtitle 5
  • Prince George’s County On-Site Sewage Disposal Systems Code, Subtitle 22
  • COMAR (Code of Maryland Regulations) Title 26 Department of the Environment, Subtitle 04 Regulation of Water Supply, Sewage Disposal and Solid Waste, Chapter 01 Quality of Drinking Water in Maryland
  • COMAR 26.04 Chapter 02 Sewage Disposal and Certain Water Systems for Homes and Other Establishments in the Counties of Maryland Where a Public Sewage Systems is Not Available
  • COMAR 26.04 Chapter 03 Water Supply and Sewerage Systems in the Subdivision of Land in MD
  • COMAR 26.04 Chapter 04 Well Construction
  • COMAR 26, Subtitle11 Air Quality, Chapter 21 Control of Asbestos
  • COMAR Title 10 Department of Health, Subtitle 15 Food, Chapter 03 Food Service Facilities 
  • COMAR Title 10 Department of Health, Subtitle 17 Swimming Pools and Spas, Chapter 01 Public Swimming Pools and Spas

Referenced Abbreviations


  • MBPS – Maryland Building Performance Standards
  • MBRC – Maryland Building Rehabilitation Code
  • IEBC – International Existing Building Code
  • IECC – International Energy Conservation Code
  • IBC – International Building Code
  • IRC – International Residential Code
  • ADA – American Disability Act

For 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 to the Maryland Codes Administration.

2020


Utilities

Bulletin 2020-02, Rev 5-2020 (PDF) - This bulletin updates Bulletin 2020-02 regarding third-party site/road inspections. 

Bulletin 2020-02 (PDF) - This bulletin clarifies that DPIE now requires all utilities, or their contractors doing compaction, right-of-way and roadway restoration and repaving work under a utility or small wireless facility permit or a maintenance permit to provide for a an independent third-party inspector; whom must be approved by the County to perform an inspection to ensure that the permitted compaction, right of way and roadway restoration and repaving work is in compliance with the Prince George's County Code Subtitle 23, and Specifications in effect at the time of permit issuance.

2015


  • Solar Bulletin 2015-02 (PDF) - This bulletin establishes DPIE allows County approved Third-Party Electrical inspectors to perform solar system inspections under DPIE’s Third-Party Inspections Program (TPIP).
  • Solar Bulletin 2015-01 (PDF) - This bulletin establishes Requirements for Third-Party Commercial and Residential Solar System Inspections.

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.

Fences


Bulletin 2013-01 (PDF) - This bulletin establishes the permit requirement for fences that encroach within a public road right-of-way or a public easement such as a storm drain, conservation, surface drainage and a floodplain.

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).
 

2006


Building


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

Fire

 
  • Bulletin F06-01 (PDF) - Policy guidelines for third-party inspection of underground water pipes serving fire protection systems.
  • Bulletin F06-02 (PDF) - Amendment to the 2003 International Residential Code, Section R312.2, Guard opening limitations:  required guards shall not be constructed with horizontal rails or other ornamental patterns that result in a ladder effect.

2005


Building

  • Bulletin 2005-4 (PDF) - Building Permit Fees for Single Family Dwellings, Townhouses, Apartments and Condominiums
  • Bulletin 2005-2 (PDF) Page 1 (PDF)Page 2 (PDF) - 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

2004


Building

 

2003


Building


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

2002


Building

2001


Building

2000


Building


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