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Code Quiz: Panelboard Installation Requirements

Aug. 17, 2023
Test your knowledge of the NEC with this challenging question.

Based on the 2023 NEC.

Question: Does the NEC permit a panelboard to be installed in the bathroom of a commercial office building?

See answer below.

Answer: No

Explanation: In the 2020 NEC, Sec. 240.24(E) prohibited overcurrent devices, other than supplementary overcurrent devices, from being installed in bathrooms of dwelling units and guest rooms or guest suites, so a commercial office bathroom installation would be okay. However, a change in the 2023 NEC prohibits the installation in any bathrooms, shower facilities, or locker rooms with shower facilities. This change was made to eliminate the difficulty of accessing the overcurrent devices while the facility was occupied.

Lupacchino is a senior design engineer with Gaylor Electric, Inc. in Noblesville, Ind. and serves as an alternate on NEC Code-Making Panel No. 3. He is currently licensed in more than 80 jurisdictions. He can be reached at [email protected]

About the Author

John Lupacchino | Senior Design Engineer

John began his career in electrical construction as an apprentice and worked his way through the trade. He is currently licensed in more than 80 jurisdictions. With more than 35 years of experience, he now plays a vital role in Gaylor Electric’s Engineering Department, where he serves as a senior design engineer. With a focus on design engineering, quality assurance, and code compliance, he has earned the highest level of respect from industry professionals alike. John currently serves as an alternate on NFPA 70 Code Making Panel No. 3. In addition, he enjoys sharing his electrical knowledge through education. As an Associated Builders and Contractors instructor, he continues to help grow a new generation of high-performing construction leaders.

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