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?
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.
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.
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.
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