I recently inspected a property where the basement had been remodeled. The service and sub panels created an obstacle as far as an eye sore for finishing the basement. The homeowner’s solution was to enclose the panels in a closet door and frame.
When closed, there is absolutely no clearance (OK maybe an inch or two) between the door face and the deadfront.
This remodel took place within the last few years. An electrician stated in his estimate that clearance was acceptable at time of installation.
That is exactly the way my electric closet is. With the door open I have working space with an inch or so to spare. The door swing tends to enforce the depth of the working space as long as you don’t block the door
A stack of storage containers in front of a service panel isn’t permenant either. Is this allowed?
Let me add to my first post that due to poor installation, the door required a great deal of effort and strength to open. After toying with it for a while, I discovered that by lifting up on the knob, the door would open easily. Does this change the barrier requirements?