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The original NEC document was developed in 1897 as a result of the united efforts of various insurance, electrical, archi-
tectural, and other allied interests. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has sponsored the National Electrical
Code since 1911.
The purpose of the Code is the practical safeguarding of persons and property from hazards arising from the use of elec-
tricity. It isn’t intended as a design specification or an instruction manual for untrained persons. It is, in fact, a standard that
contains the minimum requirements for electrical installations. Learning to understand and use the Code is critical to you
working safely, whether you’re training to become an electrician, or are already an electrician, electrical contractor, inspec-
tor, engineer, designer, or instructor.
The NEC was written for those who understand electrical terms, theory, safety procedures, and electrical trade practices.
Learning to use the Code is a lengthy process and can be frustrating if you don’t approach it the right way. First of all, you’ll
need to understand electrical theory and if you don’t have theory as a background when you get into the NEC, you’re going
to be struggling—so take one step back if you need to, and learn electrical theory. You must also understand the con-
cepts and terms, and know grammar and punctuation in order to understand the complex structure of the rules and their
intended purpose(s). Our goal for the next few pages is to give you some guidelines and suggestions on using your Code
book to help you understand what you’re trying to accomplish, and how to get there.

Language Considerations for the NEC Small Words, Grammar, and Punctuation
Terms and Concepts It’s not only the technical words that require close attention since
simple words can make a big difference to the application of a rule.
The NEC contains many technical terms, so it’s crucial for Code users Was there a comma; was it “or,” “and,” “other than,” “greater than,” or
to understand their meanings and applications. If you don’t under- “smaller than”? The word “or” can imply alternate choices for wiring
stand a term used in a rule, it will be impossible to properly apply the methods. A word like “or” gives us choices while the word “and” can
NEC requirement. Article 100 defines the terms that are used in two mean an additional requirement must be met.
or more Code articles; for example, the term “Dwelling Unit” is found
in many articles. If you don’t know the NEC definition for a “dwelling An example of these words being used in the NEC is found in
unit” you can’t properly identify the Code requirements for it. 110.26(C)(2), where it says equipment containing overcurrent, switch-
ing, “or” control devices that are 1,200A or more “and” over 6 ft wide
Many articles have terms unique to that specific article, and the defi- that require a means of egress at each end of the working space. In
nitions of those terms are only applicable to that given article. These this section, the word “or” clarifies that equipment containing any of
definitions are usually found in the beginning of the article. For exam- the three types of devices listed must follow this rule. The word “and”
ple, Section 250.2 contains the definitions of terms that only apply to clarifies that 110.26(C)(2) only applies if the equipment is both 1,200A
Article 250—Grounding and Bonding. or more and over 6 ft wide.

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Grammar and punctuation play an important role in establishing the 1. Table of Contents. The Table of Contents displays the layout of
meaning of a rule. The location of a comma can dramatically change the chapters, articles, and parts as well as the page numbers. It’s an
the requirement of a rule such as in 250.28(A), where it says a main excellent resource and should be referred to periodically to observe
bonding jumper must be a wire, bus, screw, or similar suitable con- the interrelationship of the various NEC components. When attempt-
ductor. If the comma between “bus” and “screw” was removed, only ing to locate the rules for a particular situation, knowledgeable Code
a “bus screw” could be used. That comma makes a big change in the users often go first to the Table of Contents to quickly find the specific
requirements of the rule. NEC rule that applies.

2. Chapters. There are nine chapters, each of which is divided into arti-
Slang Terms or Technical Jargon cles. The articles fall into one of four groupings: General Requirements
(Chapters 1 through 4), Specific Requirements (Chapters 5 through 7),
Trade-related professionals in different areas of the country often use Communications Systems (Chapter 8), and Tables (Chapter 9).
local “slang” terms that aren’t shared by all. This can make it difficult
to communicate if it isn’t clear what the meaning of those slang terms Chapter 1—General
are. Use the proper terms by finding out what their definitions and Chapter 2—Wiring and Protection
applications are before you use them. For example, the term “pigtail” Chapter 3—Wiring Methods and Materials
is often used to describe the short piece of conductor used to connect Chapter 4—Equipment for General Use
a device to a splice, but a “pigtail” is also a term used for a rubberized Chapter 5—Special Occupancies
light socket with pre-terminated conductors. Although the term is the Chapter 6—Special Equipment
same, the meaning is very different and could cause confusion. Chapter 7—Special Conditions
Chapter 8—Communications Systems (Telephone, Data, Satellite,
Cable TV, and Broadband)
NEC Style and Layout Chapter 9—Tables–Conductor and Raceway Specifications

3. Articles. The NEC contains approximately 140 articles, each of

It’s important to understand the structure and writing style of the
which covers a specific subject. It begins with Article 90, the introduc-
Code if you want to use it effectively. The National Electrical Code is
tion to the Code, and contains the purpose of the NEC, what’s covered
organized using eleven major components.
and what isn’t covered, along with how the Code is arranged. It also
1. Table of Contents gives information on enforcement and how mandatory and permis-
2. Chapters—Chapters 1 through 9 (major categories) sive rules are written and how explanatory material is included. Article
3. Articles—Chapter subdivisions that cover specific subjects 90 also includes information on formal interpretations, examination of
4. Parts—Divisions used to organize article subject matter equipment for safety, wiring planning, and information about format-
5. Sections—Divisions used to further organize article sub- ting units of measurement. Here are some other examples of articles
ject matter you’ll find in the NEC:
6. Tables and Figures—Represent the mandatory requirements
Article 110—Requirements for Electrical Installations
of a rule
Article 250—Grounding and Bonding
7. Exceptions—Alternatives to the main Code rule
Article 300—General Requirements for Wiring Methods and
8. Informational Notes—explanatory material for a specific rule
(not a requirement)
Article 430—Motors and Motor Controllers
9. Tables—Applicable as referenced in the NEC
Article 500—Hazardous (Classified) Locations
10. Annexes—Additional explanatory information such as tables
Article 680—Swimming Pools, Fountains, and Similar Installations
and references (not a requirement)
Article 725—Remote-Control, Signaling, and Power-Limited
11. Index
Article 800—Communications Circuits

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4. Parts. Larger articles are subdivided into parts. Because the parts 8. Informational Notes. An Informational Note contains explanatory
of a Code article aren’t included in the section numbers, we have a material intended to clarify a rule or give assistance, but it isn’t a
tendency to forget what “part” an NEC rule is relating to. For exam- Code requirement.
ple, Table 110.34(A) contains working space clearances for electrical
9. Tables. Chapter 9 consists of tables applicable as referenced in the
equipment. If we aren’t careful, we might think this table applies to all
NEC. The tables are used to calculate raceway sizing, conductor fill,
electrical installations, but Table 110.34(A) is located in Part III, which
the radius of raceway bends, and conductor voltage drop.
only contains requirements for “Over 1,000 Volts, Nominal” installa-
tions. The rules for working clearances for electrical equipment for 10. Annexes. Annexes aren’t a part of the NEC requirements, and are
systems 1,000V, nominal, or less are contained in Table 110.26(A)(1), included in the Code for informational purposes only.
which is located in Part II—1,000 Volts, Nominal, or Less. Annex A. Product Safety Standards
5. Sections. Each NEC rule is called a “Code Section.” A Code sec- Annex B. Application Information for Ampacity Calculation
tion may be broken down into subsections by letters in parentheses Annex C. Raceway Fill Tables for Conductors and Fixture Wires of
like (A), numbers in parentheses like (1), and lowercase letters like the Same Size
(a), (b), and so on, to further break the rule down to the second and Annex D. Examples
third level. For example, the rule requiring all receptacles in a dwelling Annex E. Types of Construction
unit bathroom to be GFCI protected is contained in Section 210.8(A)(1) Annex F. Critical Operations Power Systems (COPS)
which is located in Chapter 2, Article 210, Section 8, Subsection (A), Annex G. Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)
Sub-subsection (1). Annex H. Administration and Enforcement
Annex I. Recommended Tightening Torques
Many in the industry incorrectly use the term “Article” when refer-
Annex J. ADA Standards for Accessible Design
ring to a Code section. For example, they say “Article 210.8,” when
they should say “Section 210.8.” Section numbers in this textbook are 11. Index. The Index at the back of the Code book is helpful in locat-
shown without the word “Section,” unless they begin a sentence. For ing a specific rule.
example, Section 210.8(A) is shown as simply 210.8(A).
Author’s Comment:
6. Tables and Figures. Many NEC requirements are contained within
tables, which are lists of Code rules placed in a systematic arrange- n Changes in the 2017 Code book are indicated as follows:
ment. The titles of the tables are extremely important; you must read
them carefully in order to understand the contents, applications and  Changed rules are identified by shading the text that
limitations of each table. Many times notes are provided in or below was changed since the previous edition.
 New rules aren’t shaded like a change, instead they
a table; be sure to read them as well since they’re also part of the
requirement. For example, Note 1 for Table 300.5 explains how to have a shaded “N” in the margin to the left of the sec-
measure the cover when burying cables and raceways, and Note 5 tion number.
 Relocated rules are treated like new rules with a shaded
explains what to do if solid rock is encountered.
“N” in the left margin by the section number.
7. Exceptions. Exceptions are Code requirements or permissions that  Deleted rules are indicated by a bullet symbol “•”
provide an alternative method to a specific rule. There are two types
located in the left margin where the rule was in the pre-
of exceptions—mandatory and permissive. When a rule has several
vious edition.
exceptions, those exceptions with mandatory requirements are listed
before the permissive exceptions.

Mandatory Exceptions. A mandatory exception uses the words “shall”

or “shall not.” The word “shall” in an exception means that if you’re
using the exception, you’re required to do it in a particular way. The
phrase “shall not” means it isn’t permitted.

Permissive Exceptions. A permissive exception uses words such as

“shall be permitted,” which means it’s acceptable (but not mandatory)
to do it in this way.

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How to Locate a Specific Requirement Highlighting. As you read through textbooks or find answers to your
questions, be sure you highlight those requirements in the NEC that
How to go about finding what you’re looking for in the Code book are the most important or relevant to you. Use one color, like yellow,
depends, to some degree, on your experience with the NEC. Experts for general interest and a different one for important requirements
typically know the requirements so well that they just go to the correct you want to find quickly. Be sure to highlight terms in the Index and
rule. Very experienced people might only need the Table of Contents the Table of Contents as you use them.
to locate the requirement they’re looking for. On the other hand, aver-
Underlining. Underline or circle key words and phrases in the Code
age users should use all of the tools at their disposal, including the
with a red or blue pen (not a lead pencil) using a short ruler or other
Table of Contents, the Index, and the search feature on electronic ver-
straightedge to keep lines straight and neat. This is a very handy
sions of the Code book.
way to make important requirements stand out. A short ruler or other
Let’s work through a simple example: What NEC rule specifies the straightedge also comes in handy for locating the correct information
maximum number of disconnects permitted for a service? in a table.
Table of Contents. If you’re an experienced Code user, you might use
the Table of Contents. You’ll know Article 230 applies to “Services,”
and because this article is so large, it’s divided up into multiple parts Different Interpretations
(actually eight parts). With this knowledge, you can quickly go to the Industry professionals often enjoy the challenge of discussing the NEC
Table of Contents and see it lists the Service Equipment Disconnecting requirements. This discussion is important to the process of better
Means requirements in Part VI. understanding the Code requirements and application(s). If you decide
you’re going to participate in one of these discussions, don’t spout
Author’s Comment: out what you think without having the actual NEC book in your hand.
The professional way of discussing a Code requirement is by referring
The number 70 precedes all page numbers because the
to a specific section, rather than talking in vague generalities. This
NEC is NFPA Standard Number 70.
will help everyone involved clearly understand the point and become
Index. If you use the Index, which lists subjects in alphabetical order, better educated.
to look up the term “service disconnect,” you’ll see there’s no listing.
If you try “disconnecting means,” then “services,” you’ll find that the
Index indicates the rule is located in Article 230, Part VI. Because the Become Involved in the NEC Process
NEC doesn’t give a page number in the Index, you’ll need to use the The actual process of changing the Code takes about two years and
Table of Contents to find it, or flip through the Code book to Article involves hundreds of individuals making an effort to have the NEC as
230, then continue to flip through pages until you find Part VI. current and accurate as possible. As you study and learn how to use
Many people complain that the NEC only confuses them by taking them it, you’ll find it very interesting, enjoy it more, and realize that you can
in circles. Once you gain experience in using the Code and deepen your also be a part of the process. Rather than sitting back and just reading
understanding of words, terms, principles, and practices, you’ll find the it and learning it, you can participate by making proposals and being
NEC much easier to understand and use than you originally thought. a part of its development. For the 2017 Code, there were 4,000 public
inputs and 1,500 comments. Hundreds of updates and five new arti-
cles were added to keep the NEC up to date with new technologies,
Customizing Your Code Book and pave the way to a safer and more efficient electrical future.

One way to increase your comfort level with the Code book is to Let’s review how this process works:
customize it to meet your needs. You can do this by highlighting and
underlining important NEC requirements. Preprinted adhesive tabs are
also an excellent aid to quickly find important articles and sections that
are regularly referenced. Be aware that if you’re using your Code book
to prepare to take an exam, some exam centers don’t allow markings
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STEP 1—Public Input Stage Second Draft Report Posted. Second Revisions which pass ballot
are ultimately compiled and published as the Second Draft Report on
Public Input. The revision cycle begins with the acceptance of Public
the document’s NFPA website. This report serves as documentation of
Input (PI): the public notice asking for anyone interested to submit
the Comment Stage and is published for public review.
input on an existing standard or a committee-approved new draft
standard. Following the closing date, the Committee conducts a First Once published, the public can review the Second Draft Report
Draft Meeting to respond to all public inputs. to decide whether to submit a Notice of Intent to Make a Motion
(NITMAM) for further consideration.
First Draft Meeting. At the First Draft (FD) Meeting, the Technical
Committee considers and provides a response to all Public Input. The
Technical Committee may use the input to develop First Revisions to STEP 3—NFPA Technical Meeting (Tech Session)
the standard. The First Draft documents consist of the initial meet-
ing consensus of the committee by simple majority. However, the final Following completion of the Public Input and Public Comment stages,
position of the Technical Committee must be established by a ballot there’s further opportunity for debate and discussion of issues through
which follows. the NFPA Technical Meeting that takes place at the NFPA Conference
& Expo®. These motions are attempts to change the resulting final
Committee Ballot on First Draft. The First Draft developed at the Standard from the committee’s recommendations published as the
First Draft Meeting is balloted: to appear in the First Draft, a revision Second Draft.
must be approved by at least two-thirds of the Technical Committee.

First Draft Report Posted. First revisions which pass ballot are ulti-
STEP 4—Council Appeals and Issuance of Standard
mately compiled and published as the First Draft Report on the docu-
ment’s NFPA web page. This report serves as documentation for the Issuance of Standards. When the Standards Council convenes to
Input Stage and is published for review and comment. The public may issue an NFPA standard, it also hears any related appeals. Appeals
review the First Draft Report to determine whether to submit Public are an important part of assuring that all NFPA rules have been fol-
Comments on the First Draft. lowed and that due process and fairness have continued throughout
the standards development process. The Standards Council consid-
ers appeals based on the written record and by conducting live hear-
STEP 2—Public Comment Stage ings during which all interested parties can participate. Appeals are
Public Comment. Once the First Draft Report becomes available, decided on the entire record of the process, as well as all submissions
there’s a public comment period during which anyone can submit a and statements presented.
Public Comment on the First Draft. After the Public Comment clos- After deciding all appeals related to a standard, the Standards
ing date, the Technical Committee conducts/holds their Second Draft Council, if appropriate, proceeds to issue the Standard as an official
Meeting. NFPA Standard. The decision of the Standards Council is final subject
Second Draft Meeting. After the Public Comment closing date, if Public only to limited review by the NFPA Board of Directors. The new NFPA
Comments are received or the committee has additional proposed revi- standard becomes effective twenty days following the Standards
sions, a Second Draft Meeting is held. At the Second Draft Meeting, the Council’s action of issuance.
Technical Committee reviews the First Draft and may make additional
revisions to the draft Standard. All Public Comments are considered, Author’s Comment:
and the Technical Committee provides an action and response to each
 Proposals and comments can be submitted online at the
Public Comment. These actions result in the Second Draft.
NFPA website at (for NFPA 70, go to
Committee Ballot on Second Draft. The Second Revisions devel- for example). From the homepage, look for
oped at the Second Draft Meeting are balloted. To appear in the “Codes & Standards,” then find “How the Process Works.”
Second Draft, a revision must be approved by at least two-thirds of If you’d like to see something changed in the Code, you’re
the Technical Committee. encouraged to participate in the process.

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2017 INDEX
Description Rule
Description Rule

Agricultural Buildings Space for Conductors 422.19
Definitions 547.2 Storage Water Heaters 422.13
Equipotential Planes 547.1 Support of Ceiling Paddle Fans 422.18
Luminaires 547.8
Scope 547.1 Appliances—Disconnect
Wiring Methods 547.5 Cord-and-Plug-Connected Appliance Disconnects 422.33
General 422.30
Air-Conditioning Equipment Permanently Connected Appliance Disconnects 422.31
Ampacity and Rating 440.6 Unit Switches as Disconnects 422.34
Conductor Size for Single Motor-Compressors 440.32
Definitions 440.2 Armored Cable
Marking on Hermetic Refrigerant Motor-Compressors and Bends 320.24
Equipment 440.4 Boxes and Fittings 320.4
Other Articles 440.3 Conductor Ampacity 320.8
Scope 440.1 Construction 320.1
Short-Circuit and Ground-Fault Overcurrent Device Size 440.22 Definition 320.2
Equipment Grounding Conductor 320.108
Air-Conditioning Equipment Disconnect Exposed Work 320.15
Cord-Connected Equipment 440.13 In Accessible Attics or Roof Spaces 320.23
Location 440.14 Scope 320.1
Rating and Interrupting Capacity 440.12 Securing and Supporting 320.3
Through or Parallel to Framing Members 320.17
Appliances Uses Not Permitted 320.12
Branch-Circuit Rating 422.10
Uses Permitted 320.1
Central Heating Equipment (Furnaces) 422.12
Central Vacuums 422.15 Assembly Occupancies
Covering of Combustible Material at Outlet Boxes 422.21 General Classifications 518.2
Definition 422.2 Other Articles 518.3
Flexible Cords 422.16 Scope 518.1
Ground-Fault Circuit-Interrupter (GFCI) Protection 422.5 Wiring Methods 518.4
Other Articles 422.3
Outlet Boxes to Be Covered 422.20
Overcurrent Protection 422.11
Scope 422.1

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Audio Signal Processing, Amplification, and Boxes
Reproduction Equipment Boxes and Conduit Bodies for Conductors 4 AWG
Audio Systems Near Bodies of Water 640.1 and Larger 314.28
Definitions 640.2 Boxes Recessed in Walls or Ceilings 314.2
Grounding and Bonding 640.7 Conductors That Enter Boxes or Conduit Bodies 314.17
Locations and Other Articles 640.3 Covers and Canopies 314.25
Loudspeakers Fire-Resistance-Rated Walls, and Ceilings 640.25 Damp or Wet Locations 314.15
Mechanical Execution of Work 640.6 Handhole Enclosures 314.3
Number of Conductors in a Raceway 640.23 Metal Boxes 314.4
Protection of Electrical Equipment 640.4 Nonmetallic Boxes 314.3
Scope 640.1 Number of 6 AWG and Smaller Conductors in Boxes
Use of Flexible Cords and Flexible Cables 640.21 and Conduit Bodies 314.16
Wiring Methods 640.9 Outlet Box 314.27
Repairing Noncombustible Surfaces 314.21
B Scope 314.1
Bonding Support of Boxes and Conduit Bodies 314.23
Bonding Conductors and Jumpers 250.102 Surface Extensions 314.22
Bonding Equipment for Services 250.92 Wiring to be Accessible 314.29
Bonding in Hazardous (Classified) Locations 250.1 Branch Circuits
Bonding Loosely Jointed Metal Raceways 250.98 Arc-Fault Circuit-Interrupter Protection 210.12
Bonding Metal Parts Containing 277V and 480V Circuits 250.97 Branch Circuits in Buildings with Multiple Occupancies 210.25
Bonding of Piping Systems and Exposed Structural Metal 250.104 Branch Circuits Required 210.11
Bonding Other Enclosures 250.96 Branch-Circuit Rating 210.3
General 250.9 Branch-Circuit Voltage Limitations 210.6
Intersystem Bonding Termination 250.94 Conductor Sizing 210.19
Lightning Protection System 250.106 Electric Vehicle Branch Circuit 210.17
GFCI Protection 210.8
Guest Rooms and Guest Suites 210.18
Identification for Branch Circuits 210.5
Multiple Branch Circuits 210.7
Multiwire Branch Circuits 210.4
Other Articles 210.2
Outlet Device Rating 210.21
Overcurrent Protection 210.20
Permissible Loads, Individual Branch Circuits 210.22
Permissible Loads, Multiple-Outlet Branch Circuits 210.23
Scope 210.1

Building Disconnects
Access to Occupants 225.35
Disconnect Construction 225.38
Disconnect Location 225.32
Disconnecting Means 225.31
Grouping of Disconnects 225.34

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Identification of Multiple Feeders 225.37 Circuit Breakers
Maximum Number of Disconnects 225.33 Applications 240.85
Number of Supplies 225.30 Indicating 240.81
Rating of Disconnecting Means 225.39 Markings 240.83
Type 225.36 Method of Operation 240.80
Nontamperable 240.82
C Coaxial Cable
Cabinets Abandoned Cable 820.25
Cabinets Containing Splices, Taps, and Feed-Through Access to Electrical Equipment Behind Panels Designed
Conductors 312.8 to Allow Access 820.21
Damp or Wet Locations 312.2 Applications of Coaxial Cables 820.154
Deflection of Conductors 312.6 Bonding and Grounding Methods 820.100
Enclosures 312.5 Definitions 820.2
Installed in Walls 312.3 Grounding of the Outer Conductive Shield of
Repairing Gaps 312.4 Coaxial Cables 820.93
Scope 312.1 Installation of Coaxial Cables 820.113
Cable Trays Installation of Coaxial Cables and Equipment 820.133
Ampacity of Conductors 392.80 Listing and Marking of Coaxial Cables 820.179
Bushed Raceway 392.46 Mechanical Execution of Work 820.24
Cable and Conductor Installation 392.20 Metallic Entrance Conduit Grounding 820.49
Cable Splices 392.56 Power Limitations 820.15
Cable Tray Installations 392.18 Raceways and Cable Routing Assemblies for
Definition 392.2 Coaxial Cables 820.110
Equipment Grounding Conductor 392.60 Scope 820.1
Number of Conductors or Cables 392.22 Spread of Fire or Products of Combustion 820.26
Scope 392.1 Supports 820.44
Securing and Supporting 392.30 Underground Coaxial Cables Entering Buildings 820.47
Uses Not Permitted 392.12 Unlisted Cables and Raceways Entering Building 820.48
Uses Permitted 392.10
Commercial Garages, Repair, and Storage
Carnivals, Circuses, Fairs, and Similar Events Classification of Hazardous Areas 511.3
Definitions 525.2 Definitions 511.2
Equipment Bonding 525.30 GFCI-Protected Receptacles 511.12
Equipment Grounding 525.31 Scope 511.1
GFCI-Protected Receptacles and Equipment 525.23 Seals 511.9
Multiple Sources of Supply 525.11 Special Equipment 511.10
Other Articles 525.3 Wiring and Equipment Above Hazardous (Classified)
Outdoor Portable Distribution or Termination Boxes 525.22 Locations 511.7
Overhead Conductor Clearances 525.5 Wiring and Equipment in Hazardous (Classified)
Portable Equipment Grounding Conductor Continuity 525.32 Locations 511.4
Protection of Electrical Equipment 525.6
Rides, Tents, and Concessions 525.21 Communications Circuits
Scope 525.1 Abandoned Cable 800.25
Services 525.10 Access to Electrical Equipment Behind Panels 800.21
Wiring Methods 525.20

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Cables, Communications Raceways, and Cable Routing Portable or Mobile Signs 600.10
Assemblies 800.154 Scope 600.1
Cable and Primary Protector Bonding and Grounding 800.100
Electric Space Heating
Definitions 800.2
Branch Circuits 424.3
Dwelling Unit Communications Outlet 800.156
Disconnecting Means 424.19
Innerduct 800.12
Permanently Installed Electric Baseboard Heaters with
Installation of Cables, Raceways, and Cable Routing
Receptacles 424.9
Assemblies 800.113
Scope 424.1
Installation of Wires, Cables, and Equipment 800.133
Installation of Equipment 800.18 Electric Space Heating—Duct Heaters
Lightning Conductors 800.53 Disconnect for Electric Duct Heater Controllers 424.65
Listing and Marking of Communications Raceways 800.182 Installation 424.66
Listing and Marking of Communications Wires and Cables 800.179
Mechanical Execution of Work 800.24
Electric Space Heating Cable
Area Restrictions 424.38
Metallic Entrance Conduit Grounding 800.49
Clearance from Other Objects and Openings 424.39
Overhead (Aerial) Communications Wires and Cables 800.44
Clearances of Wiring in Ceilings 424.36
Primary Protection 800.90
Installation of Cables in Concrete or Poured Masonry Floors 424.44
Raceways and Cable Routing Assemblies 800.110
Scope 800.1 Electric Vehicle Charging System
Spread of Fire or Products of Combustion 800.26 Definitions 625.2
Underground Communications Wires and Cables Disconnecting Means 625.42
Entering Buildings 800.47 Listed 625.5
Unlisted Cables Entering Buildings 800.48 Location 625.50
Markings 625.15
Overcurrent Protection 625.40
Conductor Ampacity 310.15
Personnel Protection System 625.22
Conductor Construction and Application 310.104
Rating 625.41
Conductor Identification 310.110
Scope 625.1
Conductors 310.106
Ventilation 625.52
Scope 310.1
Uses Permitted 310.10 Electrical Metallic Tubing
Bends 358.24
E Couplings and Connectors 358.42
Electric Signs and Outline Lighting Definition 358.2
Ballasts, Transformers, Class 2 Power Sources, and Grounding 358.60
Electronic Power Supplies 600.21 Listing Requirement 358.6
Branch Circuits 600.5 Number of Bends (360°) 358.26
Class 2 Power Sources 600.24 Number of Conductors 358.22
Definitions 600.2 Reaming and Threading 358.28
Disconnecting Means 600.6 Scope 358.1
Grounding and Bonding 600.7 Securing and Supporting 358.30
LED Sign Illumination Systems, Secondary Wiring 600.33 Trade Size 358.20
Listing 600.3 Uses Not Permitted 358.12
Location 600.9 Uses Permitted 358.10
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Electrical Nonmetallic Tubing Cord-and-Plug-Connected Equipment 250.138
Bends 362.24 Equipment Connected by Permanent Wiring Methods 250.134
Bushings 362.46 Equipment Considered Grounded 250.136
Definition 362.2 Equipment Grounding Conductor Connections 250.130
Equipment Grounding Conductor 362.60 Equipment Grounding Conductor Installation 250.120
Joints 362.48 Fixed Equipment Connected by Permanent
Number of Bends (360°) 362.26 Wiring Methods—General 250.110
Number of Conductors 362.22 Identification of Equipment Grounding Conductors 250.119
Scope 362.1 Ranges, Ovens, and Clothes Dryers 250.140
Securing and Supporting 362.30 Sizing Equipment Grounding Conductor 250.122
Trade Sizes 362.20 Specific Equipment Fastened in Place 250.112
Trimming 362.28 Types of Equipment Grounding Conductors 250.118
Uses Not Permitted 362.12 Use of Equipment Grounding Conductors 250.121
Uses Permitted 362.10 Use of Neutral Conductor for Equipment Grounding 250.142

Elevators, Escalators, and Moving Walks

Branch Circuit for Hoistway Pit 620.24 F
Branch Circuit for Machine Room/Machinery Space 620.23 Feeder Calculations
Disconnecting Means 620.51 Commercial—Kitchen Equipment Load 220.56
GFCI-Protected Receptacles 620.85 Commercial—Show Window and Track Lighting Load 220.43
Scope 620.1 Dwelling Unit— Small-Appliance and Laundry Load 220.52
Wiring in Elevator Hoistways and Machine Rooms 620.37 Dwelling Unit—Appliance Load 220.53
Dwelling Unit—Electric Clothes Dryer Load 220.54
Emergency Systems Electric Ranges and Cooking Appliances in Dwelling Units 220.55
Accessibility 700.26 Feeder/Service Neutral Unbalanced Load 220.61
Capacity 700.4 Fixed Electric Space-Heating Load 220.51
Definitions 700.2 General 220.40
Emergency Illumination 700.16 General Lighting Demand Factors 220.42
General Requirements 700.12 Motor Load 220.50
Ground-Fault Protection of Equipment 700.27 Noncoincident Loads 220.60
Loads on Emergency Branch Circuits 700.15 Other than Dwelling Unit—Receptacle Load 220.44
Multiwire Branch Circuits 700.19
Scope 700.1 Feeders
Selective Coordination 700.28 Conductor Identification 215.12
Signs 700.7 Equipment Grounding Conductor 215.6
Surge Protection 700.8 Feeders with Common Neutral Conductor 215.4
Tests and Maintenance 700.3 Ground-Fault Protection of Equipment 215.10
Transfer Equipment 700.5 Minimum Rating 215.2
Wiring 700.10 Overcurrent Protection Sizing 215.3
Scope 215.1
Equipment Grounding Conductor
Connecting Receptacle Grounding Terminal to Metal Fire Alarm Systems—General
Enclosure 250.146 Abandoned Cable 760.25
Continuity and Attachment of Equipment Grounding Access to Electrical Equipment Behind Panels Designed
Conductors in Metal Boxes 250.148 to Allow Access 760.21
Cord-and-Plug-Connected Equipment 250.114 Applications of Power-Limited Fire Alarm Cables (PLFA) 760.154

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Fire Alarm Systems—General (continued) Transformers 695.5
Definitions 760.2 Voltage Drop 695.7
Equipment Marking 760.124
Fixture Wire
Fire Alarm Circuit Cables Extending Beyond a Building 760.32
Allowable Ampacity of Fixture Wires 402.5
Fire Alarm Circuit Identification 760.30
Minimum Size 402.6
Fire Alarm Circuit Requirements 760.35
Neutral Conductor 402.8
Installation of PLFA Cables in Buildings 760.135
Overcurrent Protection 402.12
Listing and Marking of Power-Limited Fire Alarm
Raceway Size 402.7
Cables (PLFA) 760.179
Scope 402.1
Mechanical Execution of Work 760.24
Types 402.3
Other Articles 760.3
Uses Not Permitted 402.11
Power Sources for Power-Limited Fire Alarm Circuits 760.121
Uses Permitted 402.10
Power-Limited Fire Alarm Circuits, Class 2, Class 3, and
Communications Circuits 760.139 Flexible Cords and Flexible Cables
Scope 760.1 Ampacity of Flexible Cords and Flexible Cables 400.5
Separation from Power Conductors 760.136 Equipment Grounding Conductor Identification 400.23
Support 760.143 Protection from Damage 400.14
Wiring Methods on Load Side of Power-Limited Fire Pull at Joints and Terminals 400.10
Alarm Power Source 760.130 Scope 400.1
Suitability 400.3
Fire Pumps
Types of Flexible Cords and Flexible Cables 400.4
Continuity of Power 695.4
Uses Not Permitted 400.8
Control Wiring 695.14
Uses Permitted 400.7
Power Source(s) 695.3
Power Wiring 695.6 Flexible Metal Conduit
Scope 695.1 Bends 348.24
Definition 348.2
Fittings 348.42
Grounding and Bonding 348.60
Listing Requirements 348.6
Number of Bends (360°) 348.26
Number of Conductors 348.22
Scope 348.1
Scope 350.1
Securing and Supporting 348.30
Trade Size 348.20
Trimming 348.28
Uses Not Permitted 348.12
Uses Permitted 348.10

Bonding 680.53
Cord-and-Plug-Connected Equipment 680.56
General 680.50
GFCI-Protected Receptacles 680.58

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Luminaires, Submersible Pumps, and Other Submersible Lockable Disconnecting Means 110.25
Equipment 680.51 Mandatory Requirements and Explanatory Material 90.5
Methods of Equipment Grounding. 680.55 Markings 110.21
Signs in or Adjacent to Fountains 680.57 Maximum Load on a Branch Circuit 220.18
Mechanical Continuity 300.12
Fuses Mechanical Execution of Work 110.12
Classification 240.61 Mounting and Cooling of Equipment 110.13
Edison-Base Fuseholders 240.52 Not Permitted in Raceways 300.8
Edison-Base Fuses 240.51 Panels Designed to Allow Access 300.23
General 240.50 Protection Against Corrosion and Deterioration 300.6
General 240.60 Protection Against Physical Damage 300.4
Type S Fuses 240.53 Purpose of the NEC 90.1
Type S Fuses, Adapters, and Fuseholders 240.54 Raceway or Cable to Open or Concealed Wiring 300.16
Raceway Sizing 300.17
G Raceways Exposed to Different Temperatures 300.7
General Requirements Raceways in Wet Locations Above Grade 300.9
Approval of Conductors and Equipment 110.2 Scope 110.1
Arc-Flash Hazard Warning 110.16 Scope 300.1
Available Fault Current 110.24 Scope of the NEC 90.2
Available Short-Circuit Current 53 Securing and Supporting 300.11
Boxes or Conduit Bodies 300.15 Spaces About Electrical Equipment 110.26
Circuit Impedance, Short-Circuit Current Rating 110.10 Splices and Pigtails 300.13
Code Arrangement 90.3 Spread of Fire or Products of Combustion 300.21
Conductor Sizes 110.6 Suitable Wiring Methods 110.8
Conductor Termination and Splicing 110.14 Supporting Conductors in Vertical Raceways 300.19
Conductors 300.3 Underground Installations 300.5
Copper Conductors 110.5 Units of Measurement 90.9
Definitions Voltages 110.4
Deteriorating Agents 110.11 Wiring in Ducts and Plenums Spaces 300.22
Electrical Continuity 300.10 Wiring Integrity 110.7
Enclosure Types 110.28 Generators
Enforcement 90.4 Ampacity of Conductors 445.13
Examination of Equipment for Product Safety 90.7 Disconnecting Means 445.18
Examination, Identification, Installation, and Use GFCI Protection 15 kW or Smaller Portable Generators 445.20
of Equipment 110.3 Marking 445.11
Formal Interpretations 90.6 Overcurrent Protection 445.12
Guarding 110.27 Scope 445.1
High-Leg Conductor Identification 110.15
Grounding and Bonding
Identification of Disconnecting Means 110.22
Buildings Supplied by a Feeder 250.32
Induced Currents in Ferrous Metal Enclosures and
Clean Surfaces 250.12
Raceways 300.20
Dangers of Objectionable Current 219
Inserting Conductors in Raceways 300.18
Definition 250.2
Interrupting Protection Rating 110.9
Earth Shells 214
Length of Free Conductors 300.14
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Grounding and Bonding (continued) Enclosures 501.115
Generators—Portable and Vehicle-Mounted 250.34 Flexible Cords 501.140
High-Impedance Grounded Systems 250.36 Grounding and Bonding 501.30
Main Bonding Jumper and System Bonding Jumper 250.28 Limited-Energy and Communications Systems 501.150
Objectionable Current 250.6 Luminaires 501.130
Other Enclosures 250.86 Meters, Instruments, and Relays 501.105
Permanently Installed Generators 250.35 Motors 501.125
Protection of Fittings 250.10 Raceway and Cable Seals 501.15
Scope 250.1 Receptacles and Attachment Plugs 501.145
Separately Derived Systems—Grounding and Bonding 250.30 Scope 501.1
Service Equipment—Grounding and Bonding 250.24 Transformers and Capacitors 501.100
Service Raceways and Enclosures 250.80 Utilization Equipment 501.135
Systems Required to be Grounded 250.20 Wiring Methods 501.10
Termination of Grounding and Bonding Conductors 250.8
Ungrounded Systems 250.21 Hazardous (Classified) Locations—Class II
Control Transformers 502.120
Grounding Electrode Conductor
Explosionproof Equipment 502.5
Grounding Electrode Conductor 250.62
Flexible Cords 502.140
Grounding Electrode Conductor Installation 250.64
Grounding and Bonding 502.30
Grounding Electrode Conductor Termination Fittings 250.70
Limited-Energy and Communications Systems 502.150
Lightning Protection Electrode 250.60
Luminaires 502.130
Sizing Grounding Electrode Conductor 250.66
Motors 502.125
Termination to the Grounding Electrode 250.68
Receptacles and Attachment Plugs 502.145
Grounding Electrode System Scope 502.1
Auxiliary Grounding Electrodes 250.54 Seals 502.15
Grounding Electrode Installation Requirements 250.53 Switches, Circuit Breakers, Motor Controllers, and Fuses 502.115
Grounding Electrode System 250.50 Wiring Methods 502.10
Grounding Electrode Types 250.52
Measuring the Ground Resistance 246 Hazardous (Classified) Locations—Class III
Soil Resistivity 248 Control Transformers 503.120
Flexible Cords 503.140
H General 503.5
Hazardous (Classified) Locations Grounding and Bonding 503.30
Classifications of Locations 500.5 Limited-Energy and Communications Systems 503.150
Definitions 500.2 Luminaires 503.130
Equipment 500.8 Motors 503.125
General 500.4 Receptacles and Attachment Plugs 503.145
Material Groups 500.6 Scope 503.1
Other Articles 500.3 Switches, Circuit Breakers, Motor Controllers,
Protection Techniques 500.7 and Fuses 503.115
Scope—Articles 500 Through 504 500.1 Wiring Methods 503.10
Specific Occupancies 500.9
Health Care Facilities
Hazardous (Classified) Locations—Class I Applicability 517.10
Conductor Insulation 501.20 Definitions 517.2
Control Transformers and Relays 501.120 General Care Areas 517.18

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Grounding of Equipment in Patient Care Spaces 517.13 Legally Required Standby Systems
Isolated Ground Receptacles 517.16 Accessibility 701.25
Scope 517.1 Capacity and Rating 701.4
Wiring Methods 517.12 Definitions 701.2
General Requirements 701.12
Hydromassage Bathtubs
Ground-Fault Protection of Equipment 701.26
General 680.70
Scope 701.1
Accessibility 680.73
Selective Coordination 701.27
Equipotential Bonding 680.74
Signs 701.7
GFCI Protection 680.71
Tests and Maintenance 701.3
Other Electrical Equipment 680.72 Transfer Equipment 701.5
Wiring 701.10
Liquidtight Flexible Metal Conduit
Information Technology Equipment Bends 350.24
Cables Not in Information Technology Equipment Room 645.6
Definition 350.2
Definitions 645.2 Fittings 350.42
Disconnecting Means 645.10 Grounding and Bonding 350.60
Equipment Grounding and Bonding 645.15 Listing Requirements 350.6
Information Technology Equipment Room 645.4 Number of Bends (360°) 350.26
Other Articles 645.3 Number of Conductors 350.22
Scope 645.1 Securing and Supporting 350.30
Supply Circuits and Interconnecting Cables 645.5 Trade Size 350.20
System Grounding 645.14 Uses Not Permitted 350.12
Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) 645.11 Uses Permitted 350.10
Intermediate Metal Conduit Liquidtight Flexible Nonetallic Conduit
Bends 342.24 Bends 356.24
Bushings 342.46 Definition 356.2
Couplings and Connectors 342.42 Equipment Grounding Conductor 356.60
Definition 342.2 Fittings 356.42
Dissimilar Metals 342.14 Listing Requirement 356.6
Listing Requirements 342.6 Number of Bends (360°) 356.26
Number of Bends (360°) 342.26 Number of Conductors 356.22
Number of Conductors 342.22 Scope 356.1
Reaming 342.28 Securing and Supporting 356.30
Scope 342.1 Trade Size 356.20
Securing and Supporting 342.30 Uses Not Permitted 356.12
Trade Size 342.20 Uses Permitted 356.10
Uses Permitted 342.10
Low-Voltage Lighting
Branch Circuit 411.7
L Listing Required 411.4
Lampholders Low-Voltage Lighting Systems 411.3
Lampholders in Wet or Damp Locations 410.96 Scope 411.1
Lampholders Near Combustible Material 410.97 Secondary Circuits 411.6
Screw-Shell Lampholders 410.90 Specific Location Requirements 411.5

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Luminaires Metal Clad Cable
Conductors and Ballasts 410.68 Bends 330.24
Connection of Electric-Discharge and LED Luminaires 410.24 Conductor Ampacities 330.80
Cord-Connected Luminaires 410.62 Definition 330.2
Definitions 410.2 Equipment Grounding Conductor 330.108
Listing Required 410.6 Fittings 330.40
Luminaires as Raceways 410.64 In Accessible Attics or Roof Spaces 330.23
Luminaires in Clothes Closets 410.16 Scope 330.1
Luminaires in Specific Locations 410.10 Securing and Supporting 330.30
Luminaires Near Combustible Material 410.11 Through or Parallel to Framing Members 330.17
Means of Support 410.36 Uses Not Permitted 330.12
Methods of Grounding 410.44 Uses Permitted 330.10
Outlet Boxes to be Covered 410.22
Polarization of Luminaires 410.50 Mobile Homes, Manufactured Homes, and Mobile Home
Scope 410.1 Parks
Space for Cove Lighting 410.18 AFCI Protection 550.25
Supports 410.30 Allowable Demand Factors 550.31
Definitions 550.2
Luminaires—Recessed Disconnect 550.32
General 410.110 Distribution Systems 550.30
Recessed Luminaire Clearances 410.116 Feeder 550.33
Thermally Protected 410.115 General Requirements 550.4
Wiring 410.117 Receptacle Outlets 550.13
Scope 550.1
Motor Control
Manufactured Wiring Systems
Disconnect for Control Circuits 430.75
Construction 604.6
Overcurrent Protection for Control Circuits 430.72
Definition 604.2
Protection of Conductors from Physical Damage 430.73
Scope 604.1
Securing and Supporting 604.7 Motor Controllers
Uses Permitted 604.4 Controller for Each Motor 430.87
Controller Rating 430.83
Marinas and Boatyards
Need Not Open All Conductors of the Circuit 430.84
Boat Receptacle Disconnecting Means 555.17
Definitions 555.2 Motor Disconnect
Electrical Connections 555.9 Combination Controller and Disconnect 430.111
Electrical Equipment Enclosures 555.10 Disconnect Requirement 430.102
Ground-Fault Protection 555.3 Disconnecting Means Rating 430.109
Grounding 555.15 Marking and Mounting 430.104
Load Calculations for Service and Feeder Conductors 555.12 Operation of Disconnect 430.103
Location of Service Equipment 555.7 Readily Accessible 430.107
Receptacles 555.19
Repair Facilities 555.22 Motors
Scope 555.1 Branch-Circuit Short-Circuit and Ground-Fault Protection 430.52
Transformers 555.5 Definitions 430.2
Wiring Methods and Installation 555.13 Feeder Protection 430.62

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Location of Motors 430.14 Underground Wiring 514.8
Marking on Controllers 430.8 Wiring and Equipment Above Class I Locations 514.7
Motor Controller Terminal Requirements 430.9 Wiring and Equipment Within Class I Locations 514.4
Motor Feeder Taps 430.28
Number of Overload Devices 430.37 Multioutlet Assemblies
Scope 380.1
Overload 430.31
Through Partitions 380.76
Overload Sizing for Continuous-Duty Motors 430.32
Uses Not Permitted 380.12
Scope 430.1
Uses Permitted 380.10
Several Motors—Conductor Size 430.24
Single Motor Conductor Size 430.22
Single Overcurrent Device 430.55 N
Table FLC versus Motor Nameplate Current Rating 430.6 Neutral
The Highest Rated Motor 430.17 General 200.2
Use of Fuses for Overload Protection 430.36 Identification of Terminals 200.10
Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities Neutral Conductor Identification 200.6
Circuit Disconnect 514.11 Neutral Conductors 200.4
Classification of Locations 514.3 Polarity 200.11
Definition 514.2 Scope 200.1
Grounding and Bonding 514.16 Terminal Identification 200.9
Maintenance and Service of Dispensing Equipment 514.13 Use of White or Gray Color 200.7
Raceway Seal 514.9
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Nonmetallic Sheath Cable Optional Standby Systems
Attics and Roof Spaces 334.23 Capacity and Rating 702.4
Bends 334.24 Definition 702.2
Boxes and Fittings 334.40 Outdoor Generator Sets 702.12
Conductor Ampacity 334.80 Scope 702.1
Conductors 334.104 Signs 702.7
Construction 334.100 Transfer Equipment 702.5
Definition 334.2 Wiring 702.10
Equipment Grounding Conductor 334.108
Exposed 334.15 Outlets
Dwelling Unit Receptacle Outlet Requirements 210.52
Insulation 334.112
Electrical Service Areas 210.64
Listed 334.6
General 210.50
Scope 334.1
Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HACR)
Securing and Supporting 334.30
Equipment 210.63
Through or Parallel to Framing Members 334.17
Lighting Outlet Requirements 210.70
Uses Not Permitted 334.12
Receptacles in Guest Rooms, Guest Suites, Dormitories,
Uses Permitted 334.10
and Similar Occupancies 210.60
Show Windows 210.62
Optical Fiber Cables and Raceways Outside Circuits
Abandoned Cable 770.25 Attachment 225.16
Access to Electrical Equipment Behind Panels Clearance for Overhead Conductors 225.18
Designed to Allow Access 770.21 Clearances from Buildings 225.19
Applications of Listed Optical Fiber Cables 770.154 Luminaires Installed Outdoors 225.7
Definitions 770.2 Masts as Supports 225.17
Innerduct 770.12 Minimum Size of Conductors 225.6
Installation of Optical Fiber Cables 770.113 Other Articles 225.2
Installation of Optical Fiber Cables and Electrical Raceway Seals 225.27
Conductors 770.133 Raceways on Exterior Surfaces of Buildings or Other
Listing and Marking of Optical Fiber Cables 770.179 Structures 225.22
Mechanical Execution of Work 770.24 Scope 225.1
Metallic Entrance Conduit Grounding 770.49 Supports Over Buildings 225.15
Other Articles 770.3 Trees for Conductor Support 225.26
Raceways and Cable Routing Assemblies for Optical
Overcurrent Protection
Fiber Cables 770.110
Damp or Wet Locations 240.32
Scope 770.1
Definitions 240.2
Spread of Fire or Products of Combustion 770.26
Ground-Fault Protection of Equipment 240.13
Unlisted Cables and Raceways Entering Buildings 770.48
Location of Overcurrent Devices 240.24
Optional Feeder Calculations Overcurrent Protection Location in Circuit 240.21
Determining Existing Loads 220.87 Protection of Conductors 240.4
Dwelling Unit—Optional Load Calculation 220.82 Protection of Equipment 240.3
Existing Dwelling Unit Calculations 220.83 Protection of Flexible Cords and Fixture Wires 240.5
Multifamily—Optional Load Calculation 220.84 Scope 240.1
Optional Calculation—Two Dwelling Units 220.85 Standard Ampere Ratings 240.6

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Supplementary Overcurrent Protection 240.10 Bonding Conductor and Grounding Electrode Conductors 810.21
Ungrounded Conductors 240.15 Clearances 810.18
Vertical Position 240.33 Metal Antenna Supports—Grounding 810.15
Supports 810.12

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Panelboards Attachment Plugs, Cord Connectors, and Flanged
Arrangement of Busbars and Conductors 408.3 Surface Devices 406.7
Clearance for Conductors Entering Bus Enclosures 408.5 Connecting Receptacle Grounding Terminal to
Equipment Grounding Conductor 408.40 Equipment Grounding Conductor 406.11
Field Identification 408.4 Definitions 406.2
Maximum Number of Overcurrent Devices 408.54 Dimmer-Controlled Receptacles 406.15
Neutral Conductor Terminations 408.41 General Installation Requirements 406.4
Overcurrent Protection of Panelboards 408.36 Receptacle Faceplates 406.6
Panelboards in Damp or Wet Locations 408.37 Receptacle Mounting 406.5
Scope 408.1 Receptacle Rating and Type 406.3
Unused Openings 408.7 Receptacles in Damp or Wet Locations 406.9
Scope 406.1
PVC Tamper-Resistant Receptacles 406.12
Bends 352.24
Bushings 352.46 Remote-Control, Signaling, and Power-Limited Circuits—
Definition 352.2 General
Equipment Grounding Conductor 352.60 Abandoned Cable 725.25
Expansion Fittings 352.44 Circuit Requirements 725.35
Joints 352.48 Definitions 725.2
Number of Bends (360°) 352.26 Electrical Equipment Behind Access Panels 725.21
Number of Conductors 352.22 Mechanical Execution of Work 725.24
Scope 352.1 Other Articles 725.3
Securing and Supporting 352.30 Safety-Control Equipment 725.31
Trade Size 352.20 Scope 725.1
Trimming 352.28
Uses Not Permitted 352.12 Remote-Control, Signaling, and Power-Limited Circuits—
Uses Permitted 352.10 Class 1 Circuit Requirements
Class 1 Circuit Classifications and Power-Supply
Requirements 725.41
R Class 1 Circuit Conductors 725.49
Radio and Television Equipment Class 1 Circuit Overcurrent Protection 725.43
Antenna Lead-In Protectors 810.6 Class 1 Circuit Wiring Methods 725.46
Community Television Antenna 810.4 Conductors of Different Circuits in Same Cable,
Grounding Devices 810.7 Cable Tray, Enclosure, or Raceway 725.48
Other Articles 810.3 Number of Conductors in a Raceway 725.51
Scope 810.1
Remote-Control, Signaling, and Power-Limited Circuits—
Receiving Equipment—Antenna Systems Class 2 and Class 3 Circuit Requirements
Antenna Discharge Unit 810.20 Applications of Class 2, Class 3, and PLTC Cables 725.154
Avoid Contact with Conductors of Other Systems 810.13 Conductors of Different Circuits in Same Enclosure 725.139

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Remote-Control, Signaling, and Power-Limited Circuits— Scope 344.1
Class 2 and Class 3 Circuit Requirements (continued) Securing and Supporting 344.30
Equipment Marking 725.124 Standard Lengths 344.130
Installation of Class 2 and Class 3 Cables 725.135 Trade Size 344.20
Listing and Marking of Class 2 and Class 3 Cables 725.179 Uses Permitted 344.10
Power Sources for Class 2 and Class 3 Circuits 725.121
Separation from Power Conductors 725.136
Support 725.143
Service-Entrance Conductors
Wiring Methods on Load Side of the Class 2 or
Cable Supports 230.51
Class 3 Power Source 725.130
High-Leg Identification 230.56
Wiring Methods on Supply Side of the Class 2 or
Number of Service-Entrance Conductor Sets 230.40
Class 3 Power Source 725.127
Overhead Service Locations 230.54
Rigid Metal Conduit Protection Against Physical Damage 230.50
Bends 344.24 Size and Rating 230.42
Bushings 344.46 Spliced Conductors 230.46
Construction 344.100 Wiring Methods 230.43
Couplings and Connectors 344.42
Service Conductors—Overhead
Definition 344.2
Means of Attachment 230.27
Dissimilar Metals 344.14
Overhead Service Conductor Size and Rating 230.23
Listing Requirements 344.6
Point of Attachment 230.26
Number of Bends (360°) 344.26
Service Masts Used as Supports 230.28
Number of Conductors 344.22
Vertical Clearance for Overhead Service Conductors 230.24
Reaming 344.28
Service Conductors—Underground
Protection Against Damage 230.32
Underground Service Conductor Size and Rating 230.31

Service Disconnect
Connected on Supply Side of the Service Disconnect 230.82
Connection to Terminals 230.81
Disconnect Requirements 230.70
Grouping of Disconnects 230.72
Indicating 230.77
Manual or Power Operated 230.76
Number of Disconnects 230.71
Rating of Disconnect 230.79

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Bends 338.24
Definitions 338.2
Scope 338.1
Uses Not Permitted 338.12
Uses Permitted 338.1

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Services Type 2 SPD—Feeder Circuits 285.24
Clearance from Building Openings 230.9 Type 3 SPDs—Branch Circuits 285.25
Conductors Considered Outside a Building 230.6 Type 4 and Other Component Type SPDs 285.13
Not to Pass Through a Building 230.3 Uses Not Permitted 285.3
Number of Services 230.2
Swimming Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs, Fountains, and Similar
Raceway Seals 230.8
Scope 230.1
Cord-and-Plug-Connected Equipment 680.7
Service Conductors Separate from Other Conductors 230.7
Definitions 680.2
Vegetation as Support 230.10
Electric Water Heaters 680.9
Spas and Hot Tubs Equipment Rooms and Pits 680.11
Emergency Switch for Spas and Hot Tubs 680.41 Equipotential Bonding 680.26
General 680.40 Feeders 680.25
GFCI Protection 680.44 General 680.20
Indoor Installations 680.43 Junction Box, Transformer, or GFCI Enclosure 680.24
Outdoor Installations 680.42 Lighting, Receptacles, and Equipment 680.22
Maintenance Disconnecting Means 680.12
Storage Batteries Motors 680.21
Battery and Cell Terminations 480.3 Other Articles 680.3
Battery Locations 480.9 Overhead Conductor Clearance 680.8
Definitions 480.2 Scope 680.1
Racks and Trays 480.8 Specialized Equipment 680.27
Scope 480.1 Underground Wiring 680.10
Wiring and Equipment Supplied from Batteries 480.4 Underwater Luminaires 680.23
Surface Metal Raceways Swimming Storable Pools, Storable Spas, and
Definition 386.2 Storable Hot Tubs
Equipment Grounding Conductor 386.60 General 680.30
Listing Requirements 386.6 GFCI-Protected Receptacles 680.32
Number of Conductors 386.22 Pumps 680.31
Scope 386.1 Receptacle Locations 680.34
Securing and Supporting 386.30
Separate Compartments 386.70 Switches
Size of Conductors 386.21 Accessibility and Grouping 404.8
Splices and Taps 386.56 Circuit Breakers Used as Switches 404.11
Uses Not Permitted 386.12 Damp or Wet Locations 404.4
Uses Permitted 386.10 Grounding of Enclosures 404.12
Indicating 404.7
Surge Protection Mounting Snap Switches 404.10
Listing 285.5 Position of Knife Switches 404.6
Location 285.11 Rating and Use of Snap Switches 404.14
Number Required 285.4 Scope 404.1
Routing of Conductors 285.12 Switch Connections 404.2
Scope 285.1 Switch Enclosures 404.3
Short-Circuit Current Rating 285.6 Switch Faceplates 404.9
Type 1 SPD—Line Side of Service Equipment 285.23 Switch Marking 404.15

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Description Rule
Description Rule

Temporary Installations Underground Feeder Cable
All Installations 590.2 Ampacity 340.80
General 590.4 Bends 340.24
Ground-Fault Protection for Personnel 590.6 Definition 340.2
Listing of Decorative Lighting 590.5 Insulation 340.112
Scope 590.1 Listing Requirements 340.6
Time Constraints 590.3 Scope 340.1
Uses Not Permitted 340.12
Track Lighting
Uses Permitted 340.10
Fastening 410.154
Installation 410.151
Disconnecting Means 450.14
Conductors—Maximum Size 376.21
Grounding and Bonding 450.10
Definition 376.2
Marking 450.11
Number of Conductors and Ampacity 376.22
Overcurrent Protection 450.3
Scope 376.1
Scope 450.1
Splices, Taps, and Power Distribution Blocks 376.56
Transformer Accessibility 450.13
Supports 376.30
Ventilation 450.9
Uses Not Permitted 376.12
Uses Permitted 376.10
Wireway Sizing 376.23

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