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Baltimore County Codes

The Office of Law is responsible for:

  • Indexing, codifying and publishing the legislation adopted by the County Council to the Baltimore County Code, 2015 (BCC) and Baltimore County Zoning Regulations (BCZR)
  • Compiling and maintaining the Code of Baltimore County Regulations (COBAR)
  • Miscellaneous Codes, such as the Building Code of Baltimore County

County Code and Zoning Regulations

The Municipal Code Corporation (Municode) is the official publisher of the BCC and BCZR.

Search County Code or Zoning Regulations

To purchase a hard copy of the Code or Zoning Regulations, go to Municode's product sitePrinted versions of the BCC and BCZR are also available at Baltimore County Public Library branches.

For inquiries related to the Zoning Regulations, contact the Zoning Review Bureau.

Code of Baltimore County Regulations

The BCC 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.

Links to COBAR regulations are posted below as they are adopted by agencies of the County government and 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.

Title 1—Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability

Title 2—Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections

Title 3—Department of Planning

Title 4—Department of Public Works

Title 5—Office of Budget and Finance

Note: The Office of Budget and Finance has additional information about these and other tax credits.

Title 8—Office of Information Technology

Miscellaneous Codes

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 acts of the County Council. View miscellaneous codes for:

Fire Department

Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections

  • The Plumbing and Gasfitting Code of Baltimore County (PDF) was adopted in Bill 41-15 (PDF). This bill adopts, with certain deletions, replacements, amendments and additions, the National Standard Plumbing Code, PHCC, 2015 Edition; the National Fuel Gas Code, NFPA 54/ANSI Z223.1, 2015 Edition; and the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code, NFPA 58, 2014 Edition.
  • The Baltimore County Building Code (PDF) was adopted in Bill 40-15 (PDF). This bill adopts, with certain amendments, deletions and additions, the ICC International Building Code, 2015 Edition; the ICC International Residential Code, 2015 Edition; the ICC International Mechanical Code, 2015 Edition; and the ICC International Energy Conservation Code, 2015 Edition.
  • Current Building and Fire Codes in Effect


Revised May 20, 2019         


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