Electrical Code

UPDATE: New York City Electrical Code Revision Committee Accepting Applications for Members

The Department is seeking applicants to serve on the 2018 Electrical Code Revision Committees. To be considered for committee membership, a completed application must be submitted, including any required attachments to the Department by February 9, 2018.

Completed applications can be submitted by email to codeapp@buildings.nyc.gov or mailed to:

New York City Department of Buildings
Code Development Unit
Attn: Committee Selection
280 Broadway, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10007

Submission details can be found in Part F of the application. A background check will be performed by the NYC Department of Investigation for all applicants.

Committee work assignments and appointments will be determined by the Department, and will be based on subject matter expertise.  Space is limited; please apply for committee membership today.  Once selected, committee members must comply with guidelines described in the 2018 Electrical Code Revision Handbook.

Electrical Code Revision Process & Committee Organization

The Electrical Code revision cycle will include six Technical Committees and one Managing Committee. The technical committees will be responsible for reviewing and developing amendments to the technical provisions of the Electrical Code by consensus. The administrative provisions of the Electrical Code will also be reviewed by the technical committees in an advisory capacity. The Managing Committee is responsible for finalizing all proposed amendments.

Technical Committees

  • Wiring Methods & Materials
  • Wiring Protection, Switchboards, & Panels
  • Equipment for General Use
  • Special Occupancies & Equipment
  • Fire Pumps and Alarms, & Special Conditions
  • Remote Control, Signaling, & Power

Managing Committee

Managing Committee members will include the chairs and co-chairs of the Technical Committees, as well as representatives of construction, labor, real estate, government, professional and other stakeholder organizations.

Current Electrical Code

The New York City 2011 Electrical Code (Local Law 39 of 2011) took full effect on July 1, 2011 including Sections 27-3018(j) and 27-3021.2 of the Electrical Code. Under the NYC 2011 Electrical Code, the Department may issue OATH (Office of Administrative Trials & Hearings) violations for Electrical Code violations.

Electrical Code Revision and Interpretation Committees

  • The Electrical Code Advisory Committee (ECAC)
  • The Electrical Code Revision and Interpretation Committee (ECRIC)


Electrical Advisory Board

The Electrical Advisory Board is a requirement of the NYC Electrical Code. The Board meets approximately once a month to review submittals that are:

  • Service installations of over 1000 KVA and all high voltage (over 600 volts) jobs.
  • Special permissions, variances and concept reviews.
  • Electrical equipment and material for use in New York City.


Learn more

Copies of the NYC 2011 Electrical Code (only the amendments to the NEC 2008 Electrical Code) and the New York City Electrical Code  (the amendments and the NEC 2008 Electrical Code) can be purchased at the CityStore.

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