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What is the minimum height for an exterior receptacle outlet?
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
The National Electric Code (NEC) now requires a minimum of two exterior receptacles for a home, located at the front and back and usually on the wall of the house, and they must be GFCI-protected for shock prevention and have an in-use or weatherproof cover. The required receptacles cannot be higher than six foot six inches (6’-6”). But there is no minimum height requirement and additional receptacles beyond the two required can be higher than the six foot six inches maximum.
The receptacle located on the ground, in the photo above, is obviously not a good idea. A height of a least one foot off the ground would have been better, but there is no code requirement we know of that mandates a minimum height.
Also, see our blog post What is a "while-in-use" weatherproof electrical receptacle outlet cover?
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