210.52 Dwelling unit receptacle outlets

210.52 Dwelling Unit Receptacle Outlets

This section is split into the following first level sub-divisions:
(A) General Provisions
(B) Small Appliances
(C) Countertops and Work Surfaces
(D) Bathrooms
(E) Outdoor Outlets
(F) Laundry Areas
(G) Basements, Garages, and Accessory Buildings
(H) Hallways
(I) Foyers

NEC 2017 Changes
There are a few significant changes to this section during the 2017 cycle.  The first is the introduction of “and work surfaces” to help address the issue of receptacles for these areas in a dwelling unit.  References to work surfaces was peppered through 210.52.  Next we have a change to Exception No. 2 of 210.52(B)(1) that let’s the installer pull a 15A circuit dedicated to any appliance in the kitchen, pantry, breakfast room, dining room, or similar area of a dwelling unit.  Finally we have some changes to Peninsular Countertop spaces in 210.52(C)(3) where we tried to address issues on Peninsular Counterop Spaces but didn’t quite hit the mark.  You’ll see we fixed the issue there in the 2020 version of the Code.  Some minor tweaks in garages moved from car spaces to vehicle bays to address the concerns about types of vehicles. 

NEC 2020 Changes
The listed wall mounted control device was introduced to replace previous language of “wall switch”.  slight changes to Exception No. 1 for 210.52(B)(1).Clarification made in 210.52(C) that the receptacle outlets installed for the counterop or work surfaces are not permitted to satisfy the requirement for receptacle outlet placement as required in 210.52(A).  There were considerable changes in peninsular and island receptacle placements.  This section now goes by square footage with guidance on placement of one receptacle but open to the designer on the remainder.

Solutions to meet these requirements


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