The Office of Law is responsible for indexing, codifying and publishing the legislation adopted by the County Council to the Baltimore County Code, 2003 and the Baltimore County Zoning Regulations. The Office of Law is also responsible for compiling and maintaining the Code of Baltimore County Regulations (COBAR). This page also contains links to Miscellaneous Codes, such as the Building Code of Baltimore County.
The 2003 Baltimore County Code, which also contains the Baltimore County Charter, is online.
The County Code has been supplemented through Bill 20-13 (Supplement 30). To stay up to date, be sure to also review legislation recently enacted by the County Council.
American Legal Publishing Corporation is the official publisher of Baltimore County's recodified, 2003 County Code. To purchase a hard copy of the County Code, please visit the American Legal Publishing Corporation online or call 800-445-5588.
The County Code is also available through public libraries.
General Code, LLC is the official publisher of the Baltimore County Zoning Regulations. In December 2008, General Code published a new version of the Zoning Regulations that replaces and supersedes any other version of the Zoning Regulations. To purchase a hard copy of the new Baltimore County Zoning Regulations, please visit General Code, LLC online or call 800-836-8834.
Please direct other inquiries related to the Zoning Regulations to the Zoning Review Bureau, Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections.
The Baltimore County Code provides for the creation of a Code of Baltimore County Regulations (COBAR), which is to be maintained by the Office of Law. The office envisions eventually creating and publishing a volume of COBAR that is similar to the State of Maryland's Code of Maryland Regulations.
This page will contain links to COBAR regulations as they are adopted by agencies of the County government. In some cases, you will be directed to agency web pages that contain links to PDF copies of the regulations; in other cases, you will be directed directly from this page to PDF copies of the regulations. In all cases, the links below refer only to regulations that have been specifically drafted or revised for the COBAR project. The county has many other regulations that have not yet been revised for the COBAR project but nevertheless remain in effect.
Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS) (COBAR Title 1)
- Agricultural land preservation
- Food services facilities
- Grading Regulations
- Ground Water Management Regulations
- Swimming pools and bathing beaches
Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections (PAI) (COBAR Title 2)
- Skating rinks and amusement hall regulations
- Police-initiated towing regulations
- Trespass towing regulations
Department of Planning (COBAR Title 3)
- Adequate Public School Facilities Regulations and Forms
Department of Public Works (DPW) (COBAR Title 4)
Office of Budget and Finance (COBAR Title 5)
Various County agencies also adopt and publish Codes and requirements that have the effect of law. In many cases, the Codes are formally adopted by legislative act of the County Council. As they become available, links to the web pages of the agencies that adopt these Codes or links to PDF copies of the documents themselves will be added to this page.
Currently, we have links to Miscellaneous Codes of:
Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections
- The Plumbing and Gasfitting Code of Baltimore County (PDF) was adopted in Bill 17-13. This bill adopts the 2012 National Standard Plumbing Code Illustrated.
- The Baltimore County Building Code was adopted in Bill 40-12.
Revised November 5, 2013