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Land Development Services

Posted on: September 17, 2020

Automatic Residential Sprinkler Systems

Pursuant to notification received by the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal, the County’s Land Development Services’ office will forward copies of all building permit applications submitted for one and two-family dwellings to the Office of the State Fire Marshal in Hagerstown. This policy revision will be engaged October 1, 2020. Any potential Applicant is encouraged to review correspondence dated August 30, 2020, from the Fire Marshal’s office as well as a copy of HB 823 (2020 Maryland State Legislative Session) prior to submitting a building permit application for a dwelling unit to the County. Website links to the aforementioned documents are noted below. Should any potential Applicants have questions regarding automatic residential sprinkler systems design or installation requirements, they are encouraged contact the Maryland State Office of the Fire Marshal, directly, at the Western Regional Office, as follows: 

Maryland State Office of the Fire Marshal Western Region Operations Center 1

8345 Colonel Henry K. Douglas Drive - Suite 240

Hagerstown, MD 21740 

Phone: 301-766-3885, (3892), (3880) 

Fax: 301-766-3889 


Please be advised that this permits program policy change affects both field constructed and industrialized dwelling units. The Land Development Services website will be updated to reflect this scheduled change of the County’s policy. One may view the LDS website through the following link at 

Document links: Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal correspondence of August 30th, 2020 HB 823 (2020 Maryland State Legislative Session) 

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