The Department of Labor and Industry is moving closer to the final adoption of the 2017 National Electric Code. BATC staff was present at the March 16 meeting of the Construction Code Advisory Council and the April 11 meeting of the Board of Electricity where the respective boards discussed the 2017 update.
No major changes affecting residential home construction are included in the 2017 National Electric Code.
Earlier this year, Board of Electricity sought request for a public hearing on the 2017 Code and the Board did not receive any requests for hearings by the end of the comment period on March 6, 2017.
The 2017 National Energy Code will next go before the Office of Administrative Hearings for review, after which the Code, along with the final effective date, will be filed with the Secretary of State.
The 2017 National Electric Code is slated to take effect in Minnesota on July 1, 2017.
Nicholas Erickson, regulatory affairs manager, serves as Housing First Minnesota's point of contact for the housing industry's regulatory agencies and local government entities. He also leads the Housing Affordability Institute's research programs. Follow Nicholas on Twitter: @nserickson