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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, 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.

Baltimore County Code, 2003

The 2003 Baltimore County Code is now online.

The County Code has been supplemented through Bill 26-07 (Supplement 10).  To stay as up-to-date as possible, be sure to review more recently enacted legislation that has not yet been supplemented into the County Code.

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 publisher's web site at http//www.amlegal.com/products/printed_code.shtml. American Legal Publishing Corporation call also be reached at 800-445-5588.

The County Code also will be available through public libraries.

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Baltimore County Zoning Regulations

The Baltimore County Zoning Regulations are now online.

The Zoning Regulations have been supplemented through Bill 143-06 (Supplement 17).  To stay as up-to-date as possible, be sure to review more recently enacted legislation that has not yet been supplemented to the Zoning Regulations.

General Code is the official publisher of the 1998 Baltimore County Zoning Regulations. To purchase a hard copy of the Zoning Regulations, please visit the publisher's web site at http://www.generalcode.com/bczr.html. General Code can also be reached at 800-836-8834.

Please direct other inquiries related to the Zoning Regulations to the Zoning Review Bureau, Department of Permits and Development Management.

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Code of Baltimore County Regulations

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 the various agencies of the county government.  In some cases, the reader will be linked to the web pages of the agencies that contain links to PDF copies of the regulations; in other cases, the reader will be linked directly from this page to PDF copies of the regulations.  In all cases, the links below are 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.

Currently, we have links to COBAR regulations adopted by:

Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management (COBAR Title 1)

Office of Planning (COBAR Title 3)

Office of Budget and Finance (COBAR Title 5)

If you wish to receive notification by e-mail whenever COBAR material is added to this page, please contact us at .

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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 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:

Fire Department

Department of Permits and Development Management

  • The Building Code of Baltimore County (PDF) was adopted in Bill 49-07.  This bill adopts the ICC International Building Code, 2006 Edition, the ICC International Residential Code, 2006 Edition, the ICC International Mechanical Code, 2006 Edition, and the ICC International Energy Conservation Code, 2006 Edition.
  • The Baltimore County Plumbing Code (PDF) was adopted in Bill 149-05. This bill adopts the 2003 National Standard Plumbing Code and additions to the 2004 National Standard Plumbing.

If you wish to receive notification by e-mail whenever Miscellaneous Codes are added to this page, contact us at .

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