Recent Changes

On Friday March 13th,  The City of Frederick declared a State of Emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak and initiated operational adjustments to City employees.  Due to these adjustments the Municipal Annex and Building Department is closed to the public.  At this time, the City’s Building Department, Engineering Department and Planning Department will not be accepting plans, applications, or checks while we evaluate how to deliver these services in a safe and modified work environment.  The Building Department is conducting limited inspections by appointment only.  

One-Stop Shop is cancelled until further notice.  Please continue to monitor this webpage for updates.   

The City of Frederick is committed to the health and safety of residents and our City workforce.  To stay up to date on the City’s response, please visit or our social media channels.


Attention: Architects, Engineers, Fire Protection Contractors & Electrical Contractors

Notice: The State of Maryland has Postponed the adoption of the 2018 Edition of the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) 1 and NFPA 101 Codes. As a result the City of Frederick will continue to enforce the 2015 Edition of the NFPAand NFPA 101 Codes until further notice.

Effective January 1, 2019 the City of Frederick will enforce the following codes:

  • 2018 NFPA 1 (Fire Code)
  •  2018 NFPA 101 (Life Safety Code)
  • Standards referenced by these codes will also be effective (including 2016 NFPA 13 and 2016 NFPA 72) - These new codes and standards are applicable to Building and Fire Protection Permits submitted after December 31, 2018.
  • 2017 National Electric Code - This new code is applicable to Building Electrical Permits submitted after December 31, 2018.


Effective July 1, 2018 The City of Frederick has previously offered upon request as a service to private property owners the installation of water and sewer service connections from the main to the property line for a fee. Effective July 1, 2018, this service will no longer be offered. The City will however, continue to make the water and sewer taps. The fee for these taps will be per the fee schedule.

Attention: All Plumbing Contractors

New Backflow Test Form - The backflow test forms have been recently updated. View more details.

Plumbing Code Update:  Effective July 1, 2017

The City of Frederick will adopt the following codes:  

  • 2014 Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code NFPA 58
  • 2015 National Fuel and Gas Code NFPA 54
  • 2015 National Standard Plumbing Code Illustrated

The City of Frederick will apply these codes to all Permit Applications received after June 30, 2017. View current updates to the National Standard Plumbing Code Illustrated. Inspections are code based. The City does not perform a plan review for plumbing or gas.

Building Code Update

Effective January 1, 2016, The 2015 Edition of the International Building Code (IBC), The 2015 Edition of the International Residential Code (IRC), The 2015 Edition of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and the Maryland Building Performance Standards will be applicable to permits applied for after December 31, 2015. These codes will replace the previously enforced 2012 Editions.

Residential Builders Note: If your company currently has a production number for your house designs, be advised that you must apply for a new production number using plans that have been updated to the 2015 codes.