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When did the code change from minimum one receptacle per garage to one receptacle per garage vehicle bay?
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
The change to a minimum of one receptacle per vehicle bay in a garage, from only one receptacle per garage, happened in 2014 edition of the National Electrical Code. But it would be more accurate to say that it began in 2014, which specified one receptacle per “car space,” and then was changed in the 2017 edition to per “vehicle bay” [NEC 210.52(G)(1)].
The update in wording was necessary to clarify what to do in golf cart communities, where many garages have one or two car bays and an additional golf cart bay all in one room—like in the photo above. So “per vehicle bay” would require a receptacle at the golf cart bay too.
It is also specified by code that the required garage receptacles be not more than 5-1/2 feet (66-inches) above the floor and on a dedicated circuit, with the exception that readily accessible exterior receptacles can be included in the circuit.
Also, see our blog posts When were GFCI receptacle outlets first required in the garage? and Is a ceiling receptacle outlet for a garage door opener required to be GFCI protected? and Where are GFCI receptacle outlets required?
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