Electrical Code

UPDATE: New York City Electrical Code Revision Committee Application Period is Closed

The 2018 New York City Electrical Code Revision committees are anticipated to begin their work in Summer 2018. For more information regarding the process, see the 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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