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Receptacle Location By A Bathtub Or Shower Stall

December 5, 2005

Q: Is it permissible to install receptacles at a distance of 3 feet or less from a bathtub or shower stall?

A: Receptacles cannot be installed in bathtub and shower spaces, but they can be installed within 3 feet of these locations. All 15 and 20A, 125V receptacles installed in bathrooms of dwelling-type occupancies must have ground-fault circuit-interrupter protection. This is required by 210.8(A)(8). Where a hydro-massage bathtub is involved, any 125V receptacles rated 30A or less that are within 5 feet of the inside walls of a hydro-massage bathtub must have GFCI protection. This requirement appears in 680.71. At least one receptacle rated 15 or 20A, 125V must be installed not closer than 5 feet and not more than 10 feet from the inside walls of a hot tub. Also, receptacles rated 30A or less location within 10 feet of the hot tub must be protected by a GFCI. These requirements are found in 680.43.

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