Can someone advise please what the code requirement is for the number of
outlets per foot for counter backsplash. I will have an L-shaped counter
179"total on one leg and 128" total on the other. Any specs for distances
from either side of the sink or standard stove? All outlets will be GFCI
protected at the outlet. Thanks.
code is minimum, closer is better for kitchen countertops. what with so
many electrical appliances in use today.
many of which take longer to clean than using a knife, but my wife
loves all that junk.....
i would rather chop onions with a knife it only takes a couple minutes
Per NEC 2002-
(3) Kitchen Receptacle Requirements. Receptacles installed in a kitchen to
serve countertop surfaces shall be supplied by not fewer than two
small-appliance branch circuits, either or both of which shall also be
permitted to supply receptacle outlets in the same kitchen and in other
rooms specified in 210.52(B)(1). Additional small-appliance branch circuits
shall be permitted to supply receptacle outlets in the kitchen and other
rooms specified in 210.52(B)(1). No small-appliance branch circuit shall
serve more than one kitchen.
(C) Countertops. In kitchens and dining rooms of dwelling units, receptacle
outlets for counter spaces shall be installed in accordance with
210.52(C)(1) through (5).
(1) Wall Counter Spaces. A receptacle outlet shall be installed at each wall
counter space that is 300 mm (12 in.) or wider. Receptacle outlets shall be
installed so that no point along the wall line is more than 600 mm (24 in.)
measured horizontally from a receptacle outlet in that space.
(2) Island Counter Spaces. At least one receptacle outlet shall be installed
at each island counter space with a long dimension of 600 mm (24 in.) or
greater and a short dimension of 300 mm (12 in.) or greater.
(3) Peninsular Counter Spaces. At least one receptacle outlet shall be
installed at each peninsular counter space with a long dimension of 600 mm
(24 in.) or greater and a short dimension of 300 mm (12 in.) or greater. A
peninsular countertop is measured from the connecting edge.
(4) Separate Spaces. Countertop spaces separated by range tops,
refrigerators, or sinks shall be considered as separate countertop spaces in
applying the requirements of 210.52(C)(1), (2), and (3).
(5) Receptacle Outlet Location. Receptacle outlets shall be located above,
but not more than 500 mm (20 in.) above, the countertop. Receptacle outlets
rendered not readily accessible by appliances fastened in place, appliance
garages, or appliances occupying dedicated space shall not be considered as
these required outlets.
Exception: To comply with the conditions specified in (a) or (b), receptacle
outlets shall be permitted to be mounted not more than 300 mm (12 in.) below
the countertop. Receptacles mounted below a countertop in accordance with
this exception shall not be located where the countertop extends more than
150 mm (6 in.) beyond its support base.
(a) Construction for the physically impaired.
(b) On island and peninsular countertops where the countertop is flat across
its entire surface (no backsplashes, dividers, etc.) and there are no means
to mount a receptacle within 500 mm (20 in.) above the countertop, such as
an overhead cabinet.
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