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Q. Can a 15A or 20A, 125V receptacle on an elevated dwelling unit porch serve as the required outdoor receptacle outlet?

A. No. According to 210.52(E), one 15A or 20A, 125V receptacle outlet is required at the front and back of a dwelling unit. Such receptacles must be accessible “at grade level.” Receptacles installed above a porch or deck that’s elevated aren’t considered accessible “at grade level.” They’re accessible “from grade level” and don’t meet the requirements of this section.

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