Electrical Code


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 Revision Managing Committee
  • The Electrical Code Revision and Interpretation Committee (ECRIC)

Electrical Plan Review

Electrical Plan Review is required for electrical installations 1000 Kilo-Volt Amperes (KVA) or greater, or new or revised installations above 600 volts, and must be submitted to DOB by a New York State Licensed and Registered Professional Engineer or a New York State Licensed and Registered Architect.


Electrical Equipment Review

Electrical Equipment Review is required for electrical equipment not specifically addressed in the Electrical Code Technical Standards and any other electrical equipment not bearing an acceptable label of approval of an electrical testing laboratory. The review will be processed by the DOB’s Office of Technical Certification and Research (OTCR).


Electrical Code Variation / Special Permission Request

Determination is required for electrical code variance / special permission request. Requests must demonstrate practical difficulty and provide supporting documentation and include proposed equally safe alternative methods that meet code intent.


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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