Lunchtime Learning: Code Requirements of Local Jurisdictions

  • Date

    Wednesday, March 29 2023

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location


The fire protection and life safety requirements of the model building codes adopted by jurisdictions change during each code cycle, with some changes having a significant impact on balancing occupant safety with design objectives. The requirements of the adopted codes and corresponding amendments differ in the major jurisdictions surrounding and including the District of Columbia. Requirements and impacts of local amendments by counties and cities result in design changes for similar buildings. Recognizing these differences in various jurisdictions provides critical information to designers and owners before and during project design. A building fully compliant with all applicable codes in one jurisdiction, may not be the case in another jurisdiction.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify various fire/life safety codes in the District of Columbia and neighboring jurisdictions
  • Compare major differences in requirements between Maryland, DC, and Virginia
  • Recognizing application of code requirements are interpreted differently in various jurisdictions
  • Describing additional code requirements applicable in one or two cities within a specific county

Presented by:


David Wilmot, PE

Mr. Wilmot has been engaged in fire/life safety code applications in Washington, DC, and surrounding jurisdictions for over 20 years. His notable projects include DC Wharf, Pike & Rose, and all buildings within each development. Other work included Rosslyn Central Place and the repositioning of Ballston Mall. Mr. Wilmot serves on the District of Columbia Building Code Technical Advisory Group.



Morgan Hurley, PE, FSPE

Mr. Hurley works extensively with various A/E teams and ownership entities for sizable mixed-use developments throughout the region. His notable work includes The Boro in Tyson's Virginia, Smithsonian Castle renovation, and various mixed-use projects throughout Arlington County. With 30 years in the industry, Mr. Hurley is recognized as an industry leader in the performance-based design and co-authored the Society of Fire Protection Engineers' Performance Based Fire Safety Design guide.

Organized by:

Jensen Hughes