Washington County officially updates building and electrical codes

28 February 2024- The Washington County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to announce the adoption of the 2021 Building Code and the 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC), effective July 1, 2024. This significant decision was made on February 27, 2024, following careful consideration and review by the BOCC.

To ensure transparency and provide valuable information to the public regarding the new building code, the Director of Permits and Inspections/Code Official and staff will be hosting two community meetings. These meetings will focus on informing residents and stakeholders about the important code changes.

The community meetings will be held at the Washington County Public Safety Training Center, 18350 Public Safety Pl, Hagerstown, MD 21740.



  • Meeting 1: Friday, April 19, 2024, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
  • Meeting 2: Wednesday, May 15, 2024, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

To register for either community meeting, please contact Jennifer Mellott at 240-313-2434 or via email at jmellott@washco-md.net. When registering, please provide your contact information and the number of persons attending with you.

This proactive approach underscores Washington County’s commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of its residents through the implementation of up-to-date building codes.

For additional information, please contact Washington County’s Public Relations and Marketing Department at pr@washco-md.net.