NEC for kitchen circuits

Old 04-05-15, 09:13 AM
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NEC for kitchen circuits

Currently underway with my kitchen remodel [contractor] and have a range hood* and gas stove receptacle on the same circuit as a bathroom and the master bedroom.

From what I understand, this circuit will need to be split up into at least 2 circuits [1 for bath and 1 for MBed to bring up to code [will have electrician do this with new sub-panel] but because of the above do I also need to have the two kitchen electrics split away [and tied into a kitchen circuit]?

Or, if there is a comprehensive source that I could access online to see the code changes then I could look it up. My code book is AWOL [and from 2003].


* range hood is only up to 430CFM
Old 04-05-15, 10:29 AM
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Your electrician should know what is required in your area,however I will try an send a link ,if it works.
In the kitchen, pantry, breakfast room, dining room, or similar area of a dwelling unit, the two or more 20-ampere small-appliance branch circuits required by 210.11(C)(1) shall serve all wall and floor receptacle outlets covered by 210.52(A), all countertop outlets covered by 210.52(C), and receptacle outlets for refrigeration equipment.
Exception No. 1: In addition to the required receptacles specified by 210.52, switched receptacles supplied from a general-purpose branch circuit as defined in 210.70(A)(1), Exception No. 1, shall be permitted.
Exception No. 2: The receptacle outlet for refrigeration equipment shall be permitted to be supplied from an individual branch circuit rated 15 amperes or greater.
(2) No Other Outlets. The two or more small-appliance branch circuits specified in 210.52(B)(1) shall have no other outlets.
Exception No. 1: A receptacle installed solely for the electrical supply to and support of an electric clock in any of the rooms specified in 210.52(B)(1).
Exception No. 2: Receptacles installed to provide power for supplemental equipment and lighting on gas-fired ranges, ovens, or counter-mounted cooking units.
(3) Kitchen Receptacle Requirements. Receptacles installed in a kitchen to serve countertop[…]”

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Old 04-06-15, 07:28 PM
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Thanks for the info.

Now to put a bit of a twist on it -- I am turning the kitchen and living room into a 'great room' so does this affect the code req's since it is not a kitchen, per se.

In particular, do the lighting circuits still need to be separate?
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A "kitchen" is pretty much any room where food is prepared on a regular basis. Since a dining room may have a coffee pot or any of several other "kitchen" type appliances used at one time or another the dining room receptacles are also considered to be "small appliance branch circuit receptacles just as the counter top receptacles in the kitchen proper.

Small appliance branch circuits can never have lighting.

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