State Electrical Code and Interpretations
The North Carolina State Electrical Code consists of an adopted version of the National Electrical Code (NEC) supplemented by State Amendments. The dates corresponding to the edition of the NEC in effect during specific intervals, including links to the electrical amendments for that edition are provided below.
All editions of the NEC can be accessed through the NFPA website at NEC Access.
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2020 State Electrical Code
(2020 NEC with State Amendments; excluding one- and two-family dwellings, see Amendments 10.1 & 10.2)
Effective: November 1, 2021
The 2020 State Electrical Code (2020 NEC with State Amendments) was accepted by the Building Code Council on June 8, 2021 and accepted by the Rules Review Commission on October 21, 2021. Below are the State Amendments for the 2020 NEC.
2020 State Electrical Code Amendments Compact Version - v3
2020 Electrical Code Interpretations
Sections 10.1 and 10.2 - One- and Two-Family Exception Scope
Section 210.11(C) - Required v. Non-Required Receptacles
Section 314.27(C) - Ceiling Boxes for Paddle Fans
2017 State Electrical Code
(2017 NEC with State Amendments)
Effective: June 12, 2018 - October 31, 2021
2017 NEC State Amendments (Original Code Adoption)
2017 Additional NEC State Amendments (Post Code Adoption)
2017 Electrical Interpretations
Effective: April 1, 2016 through June 11, 2018
Effective: June 1, 2008 through July 2, 2012
Effective: March 1, 2005 through May 31, 2008
2005 Electrical Interpretations (send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org)