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Laundry Room Receptacles

December 3, 2005

Q: Does the NEC permit more than one laundry room receptacle in the laundry area of a one family dwelling unit?

A: Yes, it does. 210.11(c)(2) requires a 20-ampere branch circuit for laundry receptacle outlets. This branch circuit may supply more than one receptacle, but it cannot supply any loads other than receptacles in the laundry. 210.52(5) states “In dwelling units, at least one receptacle outlet shall be installed for the laundry.” The two exceptions do not apply to single family dwelling units.

There is a change in the 2005 NEC that requires GFCI protection for all 15- and 20-ampere, 125-volt receptacles located within six feet of the laundry tub or sink (210.8(A)(7).

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