Thursday, January 12, 2006
COMAR Section 05.02.07 (referred to as the Maryland Building Performance Standards (MBPS)) adopts the International Building Code (IBC) and the International Residential Code as the basis for construction law in Maryland. Maryland does, however, make some modifications to the IBC. These modifications are listed in COMAR Section 05.02.07.04. The IBC is also incorporated into county codes, although each of the counties also make further modifications that relate to the laws of their specific county. These local modifications are collected and presented in a page from the Maryland Codes Administration. The only “county” whose IBC modifications have not been presented here is Baltimore City. The Baltimore City Building Code can be found at this page. The full text of the IBC can be obtained from the International Code Council, or from a number of local libraries, including the Maryland State Law Library.