Building and Safety Codes

To ensure the safety and comfort of all buildings and structures in Rockville, the Inspection Services Division is charged with reviewing their design and construction in compliance with Chapter 5 of the Rockville City Code and the Maryland Fire Prevention Code. The Division also enforces the following codes and amendments:

Codes adopted as of January 1, 2016

State of Maryland Fire Prevention Code to include:

  • 2015 NFPA 1 Fire Code
  • 2015 NFPA 101 Life Safety Code
  • 2013 NFPA 13, 13R, 13D Fire Sprinkler Codes
  • 2013 NFPA 72 Fire Alarm Code
  • City of Rockville Amendments

Codes adopted as of July 1, 2015

Maryland Building Performance Standards to include:

  • 2015 International Residential Code (IRC)
  • 2015 International Building Code (IBC)
  • 2015 International Plumbing Code (IPC)
  • 2015 International Mechanical Code (IMC)
  • 2015 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC)
  • 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
  • 2015 International Existing Building Code (IEBC)
  • 2014 National Electrical Code (NFPA 70)
  • 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC)
  • 2010 ADA Standards
  • City of Rockville Amendments

2015 Adopted Chapter 5, Buildings and Building Regulations Amendments

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development updated the Maryland Building Performance Standards to adopt the 2015 International Code Council codes. Local jurisdictions began enforcing these codes July 1, 2015. The 2015 adopted code is available below. Copies are available for review at the Inspection Services Counter at City Hall, 111 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850.

2015 Adopted Chapter 5, Buildings and Building Regulations

2015 Adopted Chapter 5, Buildings and Building Regulations Amendments
***Effective July 10, 2017, sections 903.2.1.1 thru 903.2.9.1 of Chapter 5, Section V have been repealed.*** 


Effective January 1, 2015, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development updated the Maryland Building Performance Standards to adopt the 2015 International Code Council codes. Local jurisdictions began enforcing these codes July 1, 2015. The 2015 adopted code is available below. Copies are available for review at the Inspection Services Counter at City Hall, 111 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850.

ArticleSubject
Articles I through IVGeneral, Building Restriction Lines, Numbering of Buildings, Dangerous Buildings
Article VBasic Building Code
Article VIOne- and Two-Family Dwelling Code
Article VIIElectrical Code
Article VIIIEnergy Conservation Code
Article IXGas Code
Article XMechanical Code
Article XIPlumbing Code
Article XIIProperty Maintenance Code
Article XIIIExisting Building Code
Article XIVGreen Building Regulations


Administrative Interpretations

The following administrative interpretations are available to provide commentary on the intent of specific code sections. The request an administrative interpretation, please submit a Request for Administrative Interpretation form to the Inspection Services Division.

Interpretations:

Previous Building and Safety Codes

The City maintains a list of superseded building code amendments that are useful for reviewing construction completed prior to the adoption of the current code sections. View the previous Rockville building code amendments (Articles I through XIV).