Electrical Code Guidelines

Some electric code violation guidelines of interest include:

Bathrooms

  • You can only install GFCI (ground fault current interrupter) receptacles in bathrooms.
  • There must be a receptacle within 3 feet of the outside edge of sink basin.
  • No receptacles face-up on countertops.
  • Because some receptacles power high-wattage devices like hair dryers, there must be at least one separate 20 amp. branch circuit.

General Rooms

  • There should be wall receptacles every 12 feet.
  • Receptacles should be on any wall space that is more than 24 inches wide.
  • Hallways more than 10 feet in length must have at least one receptacle.

Kitchens

  • All countertops receptacles must be GFCI.
  • There can be no receptacles more than 20 inches above countertops. (Exceptions are for the physically handicapped and for islands or peninsulas where this is not possible).
  • There should be receptacles above all countertops that are 12 inches or wider.
  • No face-up receptacles.
  • At least one receptacle should be located on islands or peninsulas.

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