NEC Code Snippets

These timely snippets will inform you on important NEC 2014 code sections that will affect your daily electrical work.
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This Month's Snippet: GFCI / AFCI Changes for NJ
NJ adopted the NEC 2014 on 9/21/15 with changes....

Important changes in NEC section 210:

GFCI Protection

210.8 (A)(2) Dwelling Unit Garages. GFCI protection required for all 15 & 20 amp 125 volt receptacles. NJ added back the exceptions that were in the NEC 2005:

Receptacles that are not readily accessible do not require GFCI protection.

Single receptacles serving a fixed appliance or duplex receptacles serving two fixed appliances in the appliance dedicated space, do not require GFCI protection.


210.8 (A)(5) Dwelling Unit Unfinished Basements. GFCI protection is required for all 15 & 20 amp 125 volt receptacles, with the exception of receptacles for permanent fire alarm or burglar alarm systems. NJ added back the other exceptions that were in the NEC 2005:

Receptacles that are not readily accessible do not require GFCI protection.

Single receptacles serving a fixed appliance or duplex receptacles serving two fixed appliances in the appliance dedicated space, do not require GFCI protection.


210.8 (A)(10) Dwelling Unit Laundry Areas. GFCI protection is required for all 15 & 20 amp 125 volt receptacles in "laundry area" locations. NJ deleted this requirement.

AFCI Protection

210.12(A) AFCI Protection for Dwelling Units. The NEC 2014 added 3 new items requiring AFCI protection on the branch circuits serving them: Devices, Kitchens, and Laundry Areas. NJ deleted the requirement for Kitchens and Laundry Areas. 

210.12(B) Branch Circuit Extensions or Modifications. In any of the areas specified in 210.12(A), where branch-circuit wiring is modified, replaced, or extended, the branch circuit shall be AFCI protected. NJ deleted this requirement in its entirety.      

Additional Note: In the NJ UCC Rehabilitation Code (Chapter 6):

As specified in Section 210.12 of the electrical subcode, AFCI Protection shall be required for all newly installed (not replacement) branch circuits in dwelling units provided a listed combination type arc fault circuit interrupter breaker is available.

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