National Electrical Installation Standards

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Question:

After designing and having built over 900 dealerships in 45 years I have never had this field review by a local electrical inspector: that states: "ALL DOMESTIC POWER PLUGS IN THE COMPLETE SHOWROOM AREA AND IN THE LANDSCAPE FURNITURE MUST 18" OFF FLOOR AND NO FLOOR PLUG ARE ALLOWED"

Stanley Tkacz

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Answer:

Hey Stanley thanks for your question. Like the saying goes, guess there is a first time for everything. I suspect they actually mean "receptacle outlets" instead of "plugs' but even with the correct terms it is not required for vehicle showrooms. It is possible the local inspector is getting the 18-inch dimension from Table 511(3)(C). But the scope Article is for service and repair garages, not showrooms as stated in 511.1. Ask the inspector to give you a reference for their requirement before you share this one.

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