Building two bedrooms in basement, electrical panel is where one will be. Is this allowed or do I need to pay to move the panel to the laundry room?

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Posted by: from Waterloo
1/14/2023 at 8:11:53 PM

Hello, I wish to build two bedrooms in my basement. Presently it is unfinished. Where one bedroom needs to go the present electrical panel will be in that room.

Am I allowed to leave it? Or do I need to move it? Understood that moving it I would need a new cable pulled from the power line, as it does not look like there is any slack to move this panel.

Panel needs to be moved only 5 feet to the right to be in the laundry room.

Any help is greatly appreciated. Was hoping to build 2 bedrooms. The second room can't go anywhere else design wise.



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Richard in Edmonton
Date/Time1/16/2023 at 1:06:13 AM

There's no reason you can't leave it in the bedroom unless you were planning to have a basement suite or you were planning to somehow rent the room.

The following articles are from the 2015 Canadian Electrical Code; perhaps another reader can quote the current code.

Panelboards shall not be located in coal bins, clothes closets, bathrooms, stairways, high ambient rooms,

dangerous or hazardous locations, nor in any similar undesirable places.

(2) Panelboards in dwelling units shall be installed as high as possible, with no overcurrent device operating

handle positioned more than 1.7 m above the finished floor level

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Date/Time1/17/2023 at 5:27:43 PM

electrical panels can be anywhere in a bsmt. regardless if personal or rented use, I am amazed at some of the bad places Developers put them??...however! they must meet code "for height & panel". You have to enclose the panel as well, I typically build a nice little box or jog the wall with a cabinet door on it to allow full access. You must also use a licensed electrician to move or install a new panel

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Robert from ElecTriLight Ltd. in Oakville
Date/Time2/3/2023 at 7:53:51 PM

JOhn from Pisces is not correct, there is no rule about enclosures, and no they cannot be installed anywhere!

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Nick in Waterloo
Date/Time2/4/2023 at 10:42:33 AM

Thanks for the responses guys, not planning on renting for now, but I don't want to limit myself in the future and would like to plan ahead. If this will become a rental room or duplex down the road does it need to be moved? Not seeing it in the code clearly

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