On July 1, the 2023 National Electrical Code (NEC), without amendment will go into effect. Despite efforts from Housing First Minnesota, the Minnesota Board of Electricity does not by practice adopt amendments to the NEC.
Notable 2023 NEC Changes
The most significant change consumers will see is that receptacles on kitchen islands must be pop-ups installed on the countertop surface. Side receptible placement is no longer allowed.
All kitchen receptacles must be GFCI, regardless of how far from a water source they may be.
GFCI requirements have been expanded to include all clothes dryers, countertop-mounted cooking equipment, wall-mounted ovens, and microwaves.
All cord- and plug-connected appliances in kitchens must be GFCI protected.
Housing First Minnesota Engagement
Housing First Minnesota was the most active trade group on the adoption of the 2023 NEC and our efforts.
In 2020, Housing First Minnesota challenged the process used to adopt the 2020 NEC.
In July 2022, Housing First Minnesota outlined what it viewed as a more thorough review of the 2023 NEC, the same process used by the Construction Codes and Licensing Division (CCLD) and the Board of Plumbing. This process was used by the Board for this code adoption of the 2023 NEC.
Electrical permits filed before July 1, 2023, must comply with the 2020 NEC, and electrical permits filed on or after July 1, 2023, must comply with the 2023 NEC.