GFCI's code changes history chart

Does anyone have the chart that goes back to I believe 73 when GFCI’s were first required on the exterior and tracks all the changes with their years up till now?

Here is a list I found somewhere…


1971 Receptacles within 15 feet of pool walls
1971 All equipment used with storable swimming pools
1973 All outdoor receptacles
1974 Construction Sites
1975 Bathrooms, 120-volt pool lights, and fountain equipment
1978 Garages, spas, and hydromassage tubs
1978 Outdoor receptacles above 6ft.6in. grade access exempted
1984 Replacement of non-grounding receptacles with no grounding conductor allowed
1984 Pool cover motors
1984 Distance of GFCI protection extended to 20 feet from pool walls
1987 Unfinished basements
1987 Kitchen countertop receptacles within 6 feet of sink
1987 Boathouses
1990 Crawlspaces (with exception for sump pumps or other dedicated equip.)
1993 Wet bar countertops within 6 feet of sink
1993 Any receptacle replaced in an area presently requiring GFCI
1996 All kitchen counters – not just those within 6 feet of sink
1996 All exterior receptacles except dedicated de-icing tape receptacle
1996 Unfinished accessory buildings at or below grade
1999 Exemption for dedicated equipment in crawlspace removed

Here is a chart someone posted last year.

Thanks fellas. That was quite quick on the draw! :smiley:

I had a realtor asking me this morning when the requirement changed from 6ft of sink to all countertop receptacles. I am thankful for this great resource :slight_smile:

There is a newer version that includes 2014

Here it is

While we’re at it, here’s the most current** AFCI** chart…

It wasn’t changed from / to. Either situation requires GFCI protection.

Under some earlier editions (before 2014 like the 2008, 2011 editions, maybe a few others) of the NEC receptacles within 6’ of the sink that did not serve the counter top did not require GFCI protection.

Aha. Thanks for the correction. It’s been part of my state SOP so I always treated it as a standard. I know it’s in the 2014.

Thank you.

It’s interesting that the charts do not mention crawlspaces

Second or third column (whichever chart you are looking at) from the right.


Wow. Pretty sweet to dig up a 9 yr old thread.


Here is one through 2014. I use it all the time.


OK, what about whirlpool Tubs?

whirlpool is a brand name
i think what you’re referring to is called hydrotherapy tubs 1987
if you need the most current chart email me on my website