Main electrical panel placement - Newfoundland

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Posted by: from St. John's
7/18/2017 at 1:52:06 PM

Hi; I have a question pertaining to the placement of the main electrical panel in a new home build and the restrictions in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Can the panel be placed in a laundry room? If not, what are the most common areas for placement?


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Vasyl from V.M.Electric in Surrey
Date/Time7/18/2017 at 3:53:50 PM


The Panelboards shall be located

According Canadian Electrical Code 2015 (Section 26)and Canadian Building code.

The main considerations should be that the minimum working space is 1m , easy accessibility and illumination(Section 2).

The homes with attached garages is the perfect place for installing a breaker panel.

For details see changes adopted by local authority.

Hope this helps.

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Robert from ElecTriLight Ltd. in Oakville
Date/Time7/18/2017 at 4:08:30 PM

I am not sure if you have a deviation to the Canadian Electrical Code as we do here in Ontario, but there is no stipulation for having an electrical panel located within a laundry room, providing it is not mounted behind your appliances, sinks, or other damp locations where water and humidity can become excessive. You must have a minimum of 2 metre headroom, stable footing and 1 square metre of clear access and working space where the breakers wont be mounted higher than 1.75 metres above floor level. Ask a few local Electrical Contractors in your area for your space to be approved before planning.

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Date/Time7/24/2017 at 9:43:56 AM

The short answer is yes, it can be located there. The detailed answer is what the poster have said in the previous messages; there are restrictions on where it can be located in that room.

Most provinces will allow a deviation for a "replacement" so that if your panel is behind a sink or above a washer in the original install, they will allow a replacement to go there.

A reputable electrical contractor will want to put it in a better location (to need today's code if that is possible; you should know that can substantially increase the price if they have to extend all the circuits to another location in the home.


John Kuehnl-Cadwell

Master Electrician

Datawise Solutions Inc

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