The several jurisdictions in Southern Nevada have begun enforcement of the next edition of construction codes, including the Southern Nevada Electrical Code, based on the 2008 National Electrical Code. The process to update the codes began in 2009 with formation of the Code sub-committees by the Southern Nevada Building Officials. The jurisdictions represented include the City of Las Vegas, Clark County, the City of North Las Vegas, City of Henderson, Boulder City, the City of Mesquite, Pahrump Regional Planning District, and the Clark County School District. Each sub-committee reviewed the new editions of the assigned codes and the proposed amendments submitted to modify the model code. The stated desire of the Building Officials was to minimize amendments and they asked for documentation and rational for any amendments.
For the electrical code, several existing amendments were eliminated, and there was in-depth discussion on many other modifications. Additionally, some new NEC requirements were reviewed. Two provisions that generated significant discussion were the AFCI expansion and tamper resistant receptacles. Based on the direction from the Building Officials, it was found that there was little or no justification to alter or remove these provisions, and they were not touched during this process.
While the reduction in local amendments and inclusion of major revisions to the 2008 Edition should be seen as a large step towards meeting NEMAs goal of adoption without amendment, it should be noted that adoption of this set of codes is advisory. Each individual jurisdiction must adopt the codes separately. In the name of consistency, the Building Officials strongly recommend adoption of the codes as recognized by SNBO. As a word of caution, there are reports that some of the local jurisdictions might modify some of the SNBO recommended provisions, notably the tamper resistant receptacle requirements. NEMA will continue to monitor the local adoption activities in the area and will report on any new developments.
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