I don't know what code is, but I see electrical panels in closets, in
cupboards all the time.
I have an electrical panel in a room that will become a bedroom, it will get
something simular to a shallow cupboard over it before I am done!
As long as it is easily accessable I don't see a problem.
Codes change all the time, what may have been done before may not be allowed
now. Check your local code listings.
It may seem not a big deal if you are doing the work yourself, but in some
locations insurance may refuse to pay on a claim if a fire for instance was
caused by improper work not to code and/or not done by a licensed
The basic rules on working space have not changed that much and that is the
As long as he has 30" wide and 80" high, clear in front of the panel out to 3
feet, (with the door open) he is OK.
As long as he is not encroaching on working space the "boxing in" is not an
Unless his "box" gets so deep it's now considered a closet, in which case,
Do not add any shelves or closet rods, or even think about leaning a broom
inside this space if it's ever inspected.
Only if this is a "Clothes" closet
240.24(D) Not in Vicinity of Easily Ignitible Material. Overcurrent devices
shall not be located in the vicinity of easily ignitible material, such as in
Examples of locations where combustible materials may be stored are linen
closets, paper storage closets, and clothes closets.
How flammable is your broom? Just don't put your your moonshine stash in there.
When I remodeled our bedroom I built a small closet around my panel and the
rest of the utilities that come in there (phone and cable). Now I have a place
for a phone punch block, Cat 5 hub/router, cable modem, TV cable amp/splitter
and all the tools to maintain this stuff. Put in some lighting and receptacles
for your stuff. The closet itself is only a few inches deeper than the panel.
Just be sure you use at least a 32" door so you have 30" of unrestricted
working space in front of the panel with the door open.
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