door near panel


Old 01-29-08, 07:53 AM
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door near panel

i am wondering if anyone knows of any restrictions for putting a door near my main panel.

Here is a picture of what I am talking about.

the space between the walls is about 4 feet and if I put a door in there the edge of it will be right next to (but not covering) the electrical panel.

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Old 01-29-08, 09:02 AM
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The rule is that you must have a clear space in front of the panel that is 30" wide and 36" out from the panel. Basically, you need to be able to slide a refrigerator box up to the panel without obstructions. If the door can be opened or closed to maintain these clearances, it's okay.

If the door encloses the panel into a closet, then that closet may contain only the panel (or other electrical equipment) and must be designated as an "electrical closet" with no storage.
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i just measured in front of the panel and yes, I could get a 30" wide by 36" deep box in front of the panel. But the 30" isn't cenered to the panel. Meaning, that if I was to put in the door and door jamb I could measure from the inside of the jamb, which would be the left side of the panel in the picture, to the wall on the right side of the panel and I could get a few more than 30".

Is this a grey area or is the code clear that the 30" needs to be measured from the center of the panel?

thanks for the help.
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The panel does NOT need to be centered in the 30". It can be at one edge of the 30" space or any place in between.

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