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Electrical Question from Steve about Code Interpretation
Background: Steve, a Homeowner from Succasunna, NJ
Question: I have an existing three season screened in porch off the back of the house. I added lighting and fans onto the ceiling. When the inspector came out to inspect, he said that I also need an outlet on each wall of the porch. There is already an outlet on the back wall of the house. Since I believe this is considered an outdoor living area and not an indoor living area, I would think that the outlet along the back wall of the house would be sufficient. What is the code for an outdoor living area?

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Steve. Terminology is key when it comes to building projects. What you need to do is have the inspector tell you what category the project has been identified as. If this is not correct then you need to discuss this with him. This does not mean that you can cut corners to prevent applicable code requirements. However you do have the ability to designate what the area will be used for, and that may in fact affect not only code requirements but insurance policies,  property tax, fire district and other fees.

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