Electrical Panel Clearance

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Posted by: from Vaughan
1/26/2022 at 11:37:59 AM

I'm trying to enclose electrical panels with closet-like doors. The doors can be swing-out type or on a track like barn doors. The entire width of the panel would be fully accessible when the doors are open. I am tight for space. How close can the doors be from the electrical panel or wall?

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Date/Time1/26/2022 at 3:09:46 PM

Hi Jeanne

The answer is simple, yet complex. You require to be able to fully access the panel, which includes removing the cover and being able to work the wiring around the sides, top and bottom of the panel.

The doors them selves can be right in front of the panel, in fact the closer the better because what we don't want is anything to be stored in there or the opportunity to kame a shelf, etc.

Many homes, instead of doors just have a decorative panel that is removable, which is a lot easier to build then truing frame and trim a door of sorts.

Hope this helps.


John L. Kuehnl-Cadwell, CD, ME

Master Electrician

Datawise Solutions Inc

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Date/Time1/26/2022 at 3:12:46 PM

Apparently I can't type either...

"... or the opportunity to build a shelf..."

" than building a frame and trimming a door..."



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Date/Time2/1/2022 at 11:45:05 AM

By code a panel enclosure and front doors can be as close as you can I typically frame a enclosure in front or around panels I usually end up 3-4" clearance anyway due to framing/drywall

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