Enclosing an Electric Panel in Basement Bathroom

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Posted by: from Richmond Hill
12/1/2019 at 8:32:58 AM

If a breaker panel is located in the corner of a basement bathroom and the space can be framed like a closet with its own door (about 3x4 feet) would this make it legal?

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Date/Time12/1/2019 at 3:27:57 PM

Not permissible in Canada.

See CEC 2018 RULE 26-700.

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Andrew from A2Z Intact LTD in Edmonton
Date/Time12/1/2019 at 3:33:51 PM

Not in accordance with the CEC

See rule 26-600

Enclosing an Electric Panel in Basement Bathroom
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Date/Time12/1/2019 at 5:00:59 PM

As far as I'm aware yes as long as it's framed in and has its own door then it's a okay. However I'm not licensed Carpenter not a licensed electrician so I recommend you contact a trusted Pro electrician contractor in your local area to confirm

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Peyman from Electra Power Inc. in Thornhill
Date/Time12/1/2019 at 7:37:34 PM

OESC 2018 Rule 06-206

The Electrical service is not permitted to be installed in the bathroom and minimum space has to be 1* 1 meter

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Date/Time12/2/2019 at 1:15:54 PM

check with the electrical inspection group in your area. There is a thing called special permission.

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Date/Time12/3/2019 at 9:31:31 AM

This is a grey area actually, while it is clear in the code, the does not address what a room is. The code prohibits you from putting a panel in a closet , but the panel can be put in a utility room; or other area associated such a laundry room. So the trick is, if I can use that term, is that the room needs to be bigger then a closet, but small enough that you do not lose too much space for your bathroom (still need the 1 metre clearance) and cannot block the panel by storing material, shelves etc in front of it.

I have found usually the easiest way is to flip the room around if possible so you have to enter the utility room before going to the bathroom.


J.L. Kuehnl-Cadwell, CD, ME

Master Electrician

Datawise Solutions Inc

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