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Interpretation Committee - November 18, 2014

MBOA Committee Issues Second Formal Interpretation Please see members tab/committees/ interpretations.


Anne Arundel County Job Opportunity - November 14, 2014




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Job Opportunity - November 05, 2014

American Wood Council   Position


Manager, Building Codes and Regulations

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AWC is recruiting for a Manager of Building Codes and Regulations for the northeast region. If selected, you may conveniently work from your home in the Annapolis or Baltimore area.


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Annual Meeting - October 30, 2014

MBOA hits a trifecta at the ICC Annual Meeting - October 03, 2014

MBOA members should be proud of what our members and organization accomplished at this year’s ICC Annual Conference. First, Rich Truitt was elected to his second term as a Board member for ICC. Secondly, George Martin was inducted as an Honorary Member, and finally Region VII, which MBOA Executive Board participates, won the regional spotlight award. The Region VII meetings are held in Hagerstown Maryland. Congratulations to Rich Truitt, George Martin and hats off to all those involved at the ABM as well as all active members in Region VII. Stay tuned for more pictures and information concerning our participation at the ICC Annual Business Meeting.

New and re-elected ICC Board Directors are (from left): William J. Bechtel, Senior Building Official for Kenton County, Ky.; Richard C. Truitt, Sr., Deputy Code Director for Harford County, Md.; James E. Morganson, Code Enforcement Officer, Fire Marshal and Zoning Administrator for the city of Lake Placid, N.Y.; Jay Elbettar, PE, CBO, Building Official for the city of Mission Viejo, Calif.; Alan Boswell, CBO, MCP, Chief Building Official for the city of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and M. Donny Phipps, CBO, CFM, Director of Inspections and Building Official for Richland County, S.C.

George Martin newly selected as an ICC Honorary Member with the Honorary Members in attendance at the ICC Annual Business Meeting. George is in the second row, second from the right.

A list of ICC Honorary Members is available at: www.iccsafe.org/HonoraryMembers


From left: International Code Council Board of Directors Member and Awards Committee Chairman Greg Wheeler; Code Council Board of Directors Vice President Guy Tomberlin; Chapter Secretary Kris Bridges, accepting on behalf of ICC Region VII; and Code Council Board of Directors President Stephen D. Jones.


Potovolaic System News from SFMO - August 26, 2014






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Brian S. Geraci

State Fire Marshal

August 25, 2014


Members of the Fire Marshal’s Subcommittee

Local Fire Code and Building Code Officials


RE:  Photovoltaic Systems For Single Family Homes


Dear Fire and Building Code AHJ’s


I recently had the opportunity to meet with representatives of the Maryland, DC and Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA) to discuss Photovoltaic system installations in Maryland.  It is clear that the use of photovoltaic system is increasing throughout the State and the technology is evolving.  These systems are addressed in the State Fire Code, COMAR Regulation which references the 2012 edition of NFPA 1, Fire Code.  NFPA 1, Section 11.12 addresses photovoltaic systems.  The provisions of COMAR NN amend the provisions of NFPA 1, Paragraph to specifically exclude detached parking shade structures, carports, solar trellises and similar structures from needing to meet the requirements. 


MDV-SEIA also expressed concern that the provisions of NFPA 1 are being applied in some jurisdictions to one-and two- family dwellings, particularly with respect to the three foot setback provisions found in NFPA 1, Section  Please note that COMAR regulation clearly specifies that the State Fire Prevention Code does not apply to one- and two family dwellings.   Therefore, the provisions of the State Fire Code may not be used to regulate photovoltaic systems being installed on single family homes. 


Local jurisdictions are permitted to adopt regulations which are more strict than the minimum State Fire Code and may enforce locally adopted fire code or building code requirements for regulating photovoltaic systems on one- and two family dwellings, however the State Fire Prevention Code may not be used as a basis for regulating these installations.  The MDV-SEIA is presently looking at the possibility of addressing the Fire Marshal’s Subcommittee at an upcoming meeting to discuss solar technologies. 


Please feel free to contact me if there are any questions. 





A.Larry Iseminger, Jr., P.E.

Chief Fire Protection Engineer


cc:  Dana Sleeper, Executive Director, MDV-SEIA

Press Release - May 05, 2014

The Maryland Board of Officials Association (MBOA) is pleased to announce the reintroduction of the Interpretation Committee


The MBOA Executive Board recently re-instituted an Interpretation Committee in an attempt to get our members involved, and to provide consistent enforcement and interpretations.   This committee will review and publish interpretations based upon the current edition of the adopted codes in the State of Maryland.  The concept was originally developed in the late 1970’s with the creation of the MBOA Interpretations Committee.  During the inception of this committee, it made several interpretations. This committee went inactive many years ago. The MBOA Executive Committee decided to reactivate this committee last year. The Board felt that with the changes in technology since the early 1980’s (email and computers) it was time to start the program.  Bill Funk (Cecil County) was charged with the formation and development of the Committee.  A call for committee members was sent to the membership and we had numerous respondents to the request which resulted in a 10 member committee representing 10 major jurisdictions.  The interpretations which are issued from this committee are non-binding and meant to be advisory in nature. The MBOA Executive Board believes this will provide for more consistent enforcement of the codes and standards throughout the State of Maryland. All requests for interpretation can be submitted through any of the MBOA Board Members.  In the future  all interpretations will be posted on our Code Compliance Committee page and will only be accessible to members of MBOA


We are pleased to release the first requested interpretation for this year.



In a structure built of Type II B Construction, with an A-2 use group, can the bar be constructed of combustible material?  See IBC Section 603.1 Exceptions 6, 8, 9, 12 and 14.


The Committee was unanimous in the following opinion:


The bar is considered to be millwork and would be permitted to be constructed of combustible material.

2013 MBOA Board Meeting - March 29, 2013


The next meeting of 2014 will be held in Howard County on Thursday October 16, 2014 at 11:00 am

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