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Code Alert: New Jersey, 15 May 2012


The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Division of Codes and Standards have completed the Electrical Subcode review process. Effective May 7, 2001, the 2011 National Electrical Code with amendments became the electrical standard for all new electrical installations in the state.

A summary of the 2011 amendments are as follows:

Section 210.12(B) Branch Circuit Extensions or Modifications Dwelling Units will be deleted, because it is regulated by the Rehabilitation Subcode.

The amendment to NEC 334.10(1), which permits the use of Type NM cable in accessory buildings or structures of dwellings will be deleted, because the text is now included in the 2011 NEC.

The amendment to 300.4(A)(1) will be retained. This amendment references the building subcode for the placement of cable- or raceway-type wiring methods installed through bored holes in joists, rafters, or other wood members.

The amendment to 334.12(A)(2) will be retained. This amendment deletes this item and permits exposed Type NM cable in dropped or suspended ceilings in other than one- and two-family and multifamily dwellings.

The amendments to the support requirements in 342.30(C) Intermediate Metal Conduit, 344.30.(C) Rigid Metal Conduit, 352.30(C) Rigid Polyvinyl Chloride Conduit, 355.30(C) Metallic Tubing Reinforced Thermosetting Resin Conduit and 358.30(C) Electrical Metallic Tubing, will be deleted, because the 2011 deleted these requirements.

Section 406.4(D)(4), which requires arc-fault circuit-interrupter (AFCI) receptacles to be installed when receptacles are being replaced in a dwelling unit will be deleted, because additions, alterations and modifications are regulated by the Rehabilitation Subcode.

All amendments to Chapter 5 Special Occupancies will be retained.

The amendment to 645.17, Power Distribution Units will be deleted, because the text is contained in the 2011NEC.

Section 680.42(B) will be deleted and replaced with the text from Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) issued by the NFPA. This section addresses the bonding requirements for spas and hot tubs. The amendments will not require equipotential bonding of perimeter surfaces for listed self-contained spas or hot tubs that meet certain conditions.

The amendment to 800.156 will be retained. This amendment deletes the requirement for a communications outlet in dwelling units.

Informative Annex H entitled "Administration and Enforcement," will be retained. This amendment deletes this Annex in its entirety.

Contact: Gil Moniz at gilmoniz@nema.org