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How many receptacle outlets per room required by code?
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
It varies according to the room. First, here’s a list of receptacle requirements for rooms where a simple, minimum number is specified. Click on the links after each citation for more details:
Bathrooms - Minimum of one per bathroom sink, within three feet. What is code for bathroom reptacle outlet spacing? .
Hallways - Minimum of one per hallway if ten feet or longer. How many electrical receptacles (outlets) are required in a hallway?
Garages - Minimum of one receptacle. How far apart should electric receptacle outlets be placed in a garage?
Exterior - Minimum of two receptacles, one each front and back. Is a house required to have outdoor electric receptacle outlets?
Closets - Not required. What is the code requirement for receptacle outlets in a closet?
Now, the more complicated minimum receptacle standards:
Living Room, Dining Room, Bedroom, Den, Sun Room, etc. - The maximum spacing between receptacles in general living areas is 12 feet, with no point along a wall being more than 6-feet from a receptacle. What is code for receptacle outlet spacing?
Kitchens - Minimum two 20-amp circuits for kitchen appliances, and counter receptacles spaced so that no point along the back of counter is more than two-feet from a receptacle. How far apart should kitchen counter receptacles be spaced?
Foyers - Foyers that are not part of a hallway and are greater than 60 square feet require a receptacle outlet on each wall space that is 3 feet or more in width, What is the code requirement for receptacle outlets in a foyer?
To learn more about electrical wiring, devices, and receptacles, see these other blog posts:
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