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Monday, June 8, 2020

Question:

Good Morning Code Friends,

Best to you and all involved. Well this is a 2020 NEC question, Art 210.8(F), Outdoor Outlets, so the big discussion with inspectors here in the office, is a well, irrigation pump, or septic lift an outdoor outlet, if so, now for dwellings that have these will require GFCI protection, what do you say.

Thanks and Best,

Butch Gosselin

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Answer:

Hi Butch,

Thanks for the question. Yes. Big changes happened regarding GFCI protection requirements for all outdoor outlets for dwellings, other than those covered in 210.8(A)(3) Exception to (3), that are supplied by single-phase branch circuits rated 150 volts to ground or less, 50 amperes or less. This includes a lot of outlets. As a reminder the definition of "Outlet" in Article 100 provides significant clarity here. The outlets you mentioned in the question appear to fall under the GFCI requirement in the 2020 NEC.

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