What is the code minimum height for an electrical panel?
Monday, November 8, 2021
The National Electrical Code (NEC) does not specify a minimum height for an electrical panel, although practical access for service should always be considered. But there is a maximum height allowed for an electrical panel, which is based on the height of the highest breaker switch in the panel. It’s set at 6’-7” above the floor, with an exception allowed for supplementary breakers that are necessary for major applianes (utilization equipment). See our article What is the maximum allowed height of a circuit breaker (OCPD) above the floor? for more on this.
Also, see our blog posts What is the code required clearance in front of an electric panel? and Can you mount an electrical panel face up? and What is the maximum number of circuit breakers allowed in an electric panel? and Can an electric panel be located in a bathroom? and Can a washer or dryer be located in front of an electric panel? and Can an electric panel be located in a closet? and Can an electric panel be mounted sideways-horizontally? and Can an electric panel be mounted over stairs?
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