Fireworks Display Inspections
State law (Maryland Public Safety Article, Title 10, 10-103 and 104.) requires a permit for the discharge of fireworks. Those wishing to obtain a permit for a public display must apply to the Maryland Fire Marshal at least 10 days prior to the display date.
Once the Maryland Fire Marshal issues a permit, the Baltimore County Fire Marshal's Office inspects the display site for compliance with state and local fire codes. Contact the local Fire Marshal at 410-887-4880 to schedule an inspector to meet a representative at the site.
On the date of the display, the Baltimore County Fire Marshal will inspect to ensure that:
- The shooter is certified by the Maryland Fire Marshal.
- The site approved at the time of application is the site that actually will be used.
- The site, shooter and procedures all comply with National Fire Protection Association standards.
- Weather conditions are appropriate for fireworks discharge.
Some ground-based and hand-held sparklers are legal in certain Maryland counties, including Baltimore County. Our fact sheet on fireworks provides details on the laws regulating these devices.
Schedules of Fireworks Displays
A schedule of legal, public fireworks displays in Baltimore County is available online.
The State Fire Marshal provides a schedule of all fireworks displays in Maryland.
Revised November 14, 2013