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Wednesday, August 15, 2018


Re 210.11 bathroom receptacles. In addition to the required 20a receptacle(s) within 3' of the sink, can other receptacles be installed on 15a circuits?

Barry J Yeslow



Hey Barry thanks for your question. The requirement for a bathroom receptacle outlet to be located within 3 feet of the outside edge of each basin is in 210.52(D). At least one 20 ampere branch circuit must be provided to supply bathroom receptacle outlets in dwelling units as stated in 210.11(C)(3). That circuit can have multiple receptacle outlets in one or multiple bathrooms but is not allowed to have other outlets - such as in other areas or for lighting outlets. The Exception to 210.11(C)(3) allows other outlets if the 20 ampere branch circuit only supplies a single bathroom and 210.23(A)(1) and (A)(3) is complied with.

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