GFCI exceptions?

Because this outlet is on the side of the island is it exempt from being a GFCI? As you can see it is within 6’.



I believe, all kitchen outlets are required to be GFCI now.


Thanks fellas!

it’s required to be GFCI protected.

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Above Kitchen countertops are required to be GFCI protected.

If it serves the countertop then GFCI protection is required even if it’s physically below the countertop.


All kitchen, bathroom, dining, garage, exterior, utility outlets are required to be gfci protected.

What are utility outlets?

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Laundry area.
Also unfinished basements, I believe

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Laundry room

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You are correct sir.

Does the training still call for within 6’ of the kitchen sink or the correct determinant of does it serve the countertop? It has not been within 6’ in a kitchen for a long time. The 6 foot does apply for other sink types.

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GFCI protection is not required for the receptacles supplying only a permanently installed fire alarm or burglar alarm system, receptacles that are not readily accessible, or receptacles on a dedicated branch circuit and labeled for use with plug-in equipment (ex: sump pump).

Do you have a code reference?

I would also be interested in seeing the code reference to your statement

As you know… GFCI requirement is area/location dependent… he is referring to earlier exceptions, for places like unfinished basements, garages, removed in NEC 2008 and is no longer the case. This is why people shouldn’t just copy something from the Internet :slight_smile: Or why they have CE:

What he mentioned is stated here;

and here, which was part of the 2002 NEC

NEC Requirements for Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI …


2020 Code Language:

210.8(A) Dwelling Units.* All 125-volt through 250-volt receptacles installed in the locations specified in 210.8(A)(1) through (A) *(11) and supplied by single-phase branch circuits rated 150 volts or less to ground shall have ground-fault circuit-interrupter protection for personnel.

(1) Bathrooms

(2) Garages and also accessory buildings that have a floor located at or below grade level not intended as habitable rooms and limited to storage areas, work areas, and areas of similar use

(3) Outdoors

Exception to (3): Receptacles that are not readily accessible and are supplied by a branch circuit dedicated to electric snow-melting, deicing, or pipeline and vessel heating equipment shall be permitted to be installed in accordance with 426.28 or 427.22, as applicable.

(4) Crawl spaces — at or below grade level

(5) Basements

Exception to (5): A receptacle supplying only a permanently installed fire alarm or burglar alarm system shall not be required to have ground-fault circuit-interrupter protection.

Informational Note: See 760.41(B) and 760.121(B) for power supply requirements for fire alarm systems.

Receptacles installed under the exception to 210.8(A)* *⁠(5) shall not be considered as meeting the requirements of 210.52(G).

(6) Kitchens — where the receptacles are installed to serve the countertop surfaces

(7) Sinks — where receptacles are installed within 1.8 m (6 ft) from the top inside edge of the bowl of the sink

(8) Boathouses

(9) Bathtubs or shower stalls — where receptacles are installed within 1.8 m (6 ft) of the outside edge of the bathtub or shower stall

(10) Laundry areas

Exception to (1) through (3), (5) through (8), and (10): Listed locking support and mounting receptacles utilized in combination with compatible attachment fittings installed for the purpose of serving a ceiling luminaire or ceiling fan shall not be required to be ground-fault circuit-interrupter protected. If a general-purpose convenience receptacle is integral to the ceiling luminaire or ceiling fan, GFCI protection shall be provided.

(11) Indoor damp and wet locations "