Code Q&A: GFCIs in Unfinished Basements

NEC rules for GFCIs in unfinished basements

Q. Is GFCI protection required for a sump pump installed in an unfinished basement of a dwelling unit?

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A. GFCI protection is required for all 15A and 20A, 125V receptacles located in the unfinished portion of a basement not intended as a habitable room and limited to storage and work areas [210.8(A)(5)].

Exception: A receptacle supplying only a permanently installed fire alarm or burg

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