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Plumbing and Gasfitting Board

The Plumbing and Gasfitting Board is established by Section 3-3-1501 et seq. of the Baltimore County Code. The Board advises and assists the Director of the Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections (PAI) regarding the administration of Article 21, Title 15, of the Baltimore County Code governing Plumbers, Gasfitters, Disposal System Contractors, Water Pump Contractors and Drain and Sewer Cleaners, including licensing.

The County Executive appoints the chairman of the Plumbing and Gasfitting Board.

The Chief Plumbing Inspector serves as the secretary of the Board.

The Buildings Engineer for the Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections, Donald E. Brand, P.E., is responsible for the interpretation and enforcement of the County building (PDF), fire and related codes. He oversees the Plumbing Boards as well as the Plumbing Code Committee.

The Plumbing and Gasfitting Code of Baltimore County (PDF) was adopted in Bill 41-15. The bill adopts the 2015 National Standard Plumbing Code.


The Plumbing Board meets as the need arises on the second and fourth Friday of each month beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Board Room, which is located in the basement of the County Office Building, 111 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21204. The meeting is open to the public. Copies of the Board’s meeting agendas, minutes and answers to questions on related matters such as the date of the next scheduled meeting, may be obtained by contacting Ina Ramanoop at 410 887-3620 or by emailing

Board Members

There are six members on the board appointed by the County Executive. Representatives are to be from specific related fields. Members serve one-year terms. There are no term limits. Apply for a vacancy online.


Date Appointed

Current Term

Appointed By

Kevin Elko



Chief Plumbing Inspector

William Ensor Jr.



Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability Representative

Kenneth Kahl



County Executive
Journeyman Representative

George Nitzel



County Executive
Master Plumber Representative

Leonard "Bud" Shuler



County Executive
Master Plumber Representative

John C. Smyth



County Executive
Master Plumber Representative

J. Richard Wagner



County Executive
Mechanical Engineer Representative

Revised April 27, 2020         


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