National Electrical Installation Standards

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Question:

Can a electrical closet and an it closet be in the same room in NYC . I know we need to have 3' clearance from the elec panels but can they be in the same room if its new closet

Tommy Gam

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Answer:

Hey Tommy thanks for your question. The NEC requires working space for electrical equipment as stated in various portions of 110.26, as you mentioned, but does not usually require rooms or separate rooms. The spaces must remain clear and not be used for storage as stated in 110.26(B) so not calling them closets might help a little. Also if the IT room uses the special provisions of Article 645 then all the conditions of 645.4 must be met including 645.4(4). Local rules could be more restrictive.

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