Commissioners decided to keep it that way, which is welcome news to home builders. They say requiring sprinklers in a new home just drives up the cost.
"With the current economic conditions, any increase in price is very difficult for us to pass on," says Smith, pointing out consumers have become very price conscious.
Something that's causing home builders to lose clients to other states that don't have fire sprinkler regulations.
"We've already seen people deciding to go to West Virginia or Pennsylvania because of the reduced impact feed and other state and county fees that Maryland has," says Smith.
While builders are pleased, firefighters are disappointed. Officials from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office discouraged delaying the requirement. They also say they understand there's a cost involved but believe sprinklers are needed in today's construction.