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NEMA Announces Code Alert Updates

NEMA releases updates to codes and standards in Colorado, Minnesota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has announced recent changes, adoptions and updates in five states:


1. Statement of Basis and Purpose

  • 1.1 Following are the adopted changes to the rules and regulations of the Colorado State Electrical Board ("the Board") for general clarification, for efficient management and expeditious procedures of the Board, and for the safeguarding of the general public in compliance with Title 12, Article 23, of the Colorado Revised Statutes.
  • 1.2 The Board adopts the following rules pursuant to the authority granted to the Board by § 12-23-104(2)(a), C.R.S. and hereby repeals all previous rules with the same number.
  • 1.3 These Rules shall be binding on every person and legal entity authorized to practice, offer to practice, or perform electrical or electrical contracting in Colorado. All licensees and registrants under Title 12, Article 23 of the Colorado Revised Statutes are charged with having knowledge of the existence of these rules and shall be deemed to be familiar with their provisions and to understand the rules. In these Rules, the word "licensee" shall mean any person holding a master electrician license, journeyman electrician license, or residential wireman license. In these Rules, the word "registrant" shall mean any person registered as an electrical apprentice and any person or legal entity registered with the Board as an electrical contractor.

These Rules are severable. If one rule or portion of a rule is found to be invalid, all other rules or portions of rules that can be enforced without the invalid rules shall be enforced and shall remain valid.

2. Standards

  •  2.1 The Board hereby adopts the National Fire Protection Association standard number 70, hereafter known as the National Electrical Code, 2017 Edition, and as may be amended by the Board. These standards are adopted as the minimum standards governing the planning, laying out, and installing or the making of additions, alterations, and repairs in the installation of wiring apparatus and equipment for electric light, heat, and power in this state. This rule does not include later amendments to or editions of the National Electrical Code, 2017 Edition. The effective date shall be July 1, 2017.
  • 2.2 A copy of the provisions of the National Electrical Code, 2017 edition is available for public inspection during regular business hours at the Board office at the Division of Professions and Occupations, Department of Regulatory Agencies, 1560 Broadway, Suite 110, Denver, Colo., 80202, and at any state publications depository library. For further information regarding how this material can be obtained or examined, contact the Program Director for the Board ("Program Director") at 1560 Broadway, Suite 110, Denver, Colo., 80202, (303) 894-2300. The NEC, 2017 Edition, is available directly from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, Mass., 02169-7471, phone 1-800-344-3555. Copies are also available from the NFPA website at, as well as most online and retail book vendors.


The State of Minnesota Board of Electricity adopted the 2017 NEC without amendment with an effective date of July 1, 2017.


At its meeting on May 26, 2017, the Board of Building Standards adopted updates to the Ohio Building, Plumbing and Mechanical Codes based on 2015 I-Codes effective Nov. 1, 2017. Also included in this rules package is the adoption of the 2017 NEC which governs all occupancies, excluding 1-, 2-, and 3-family dwellings.

The Board initiated the rule change process in October 2016 and the rules have been available in draft form on the Board's website. The final adopted rules with summaries can be found at the following links:

Any non-residential project submitted to a building department on or after Nov. 1, 2017 shall comply with the above rules. Any non-residential project submitted before Nov. 1, 2017 shall comply with the current Ohio Building, Plumbing & Mechanical Codes based on the 2009 I-Codes as amended.

The Residential Code of Ohio (RCO), which regulates 1-, 2- & 3- family dwellings, is not affected by these code updates. The RCO remains based on the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) as amended. The Residential Construction Advisory Committee and the Board continue to review newer editions of the IRC for possible adoption at a later date.

If you have questions related to these amendments, please contact the Board Office at (614) 644-2613 or [email protected].

South Dakota

On May 4, 2017, the Commission considered changes to Administrative Rule of South Dakota. Included in the rules package is the adoption of the 2015 edition of the International Building Code (IBC) along with the 2017 NEC with amendments. See the link to the proposed rule changes (Adobe PDF format). The rules committee approved the rules on June 5, 2017; the changes will take effect July 1, 2017.


The State of Wyoming Fire Marshall office updated NFPA 70 Standard from the 2014 NEC to the 2017 edition without amendment with an effective date of July 1, 2017.

For questions or comments on any of the changes noted in this article, email Don Iverson at [email protected]

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