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Code Alert: New Jersey, 25 January 2012


The New Jersey Uniform Construction Code Advisory Board announced the proposed adoption to the 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC). The Board reviewed and approved the proposed amendments to the 2011 NEC recommended by the Electrical Subcode Committee. The recommendation includes the deletion of some existing amendments, which have been incorporated into the 2011 NEC and the addition of others where new requirements were added to the 2011 NEC. Public comments are welcome and should be submitted by March 3, 2012 to:

Amy Fenwick Frank
Division of Codes and Standards
PO Box 802
Trenton, NJ 08625-0802
Fax Number: (609) 633-6729
Email: AFrank@dca.state.nj.us

Following are some of the proposed actions:

Adding a sentence to the current amendment to 210.8(A)(5). The current amendments reverts 210.8(A) (2) and (5) back to the National Electrical Code 2005 text. This proposed amendment will correlate with the existing amendment to 210.8(A)(2), which clarifies receptacles installed under the exceptions to 210.8(A)(5) do not meet the requirements of 210.52(G)."

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

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

Contact: Gil Moniz, gilmoniz@nema.org