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What version of the National Electrical Code should I follow in New York state?

As of January 2011, the New York State Building Code specifies that the 2008 NEC (National Electrical Code) is to be followed in ALL construction, residential and commercial. As of this writing (January 2013), the state is expecting to adopt the 2011 NEC by the end of the first quarter of 2013, but for now, 2008 should still be followed.
Municipalities within the state are allowed to make their own local code more restrictive, but it is a complicated process that includes receiving advance permission from the state – they cannot simply create their own rules on a whim. Also, NO MUNICIPALITY is allowed to follow less stringent codes that what is currently specified in the NYS Building Code and no permission is ever given by the state to do so.


This requirement to follow the 2008 NEC is for all new construction; any projects currently underway with a valid building permit in force are usually allowed to follow the code cycle that was in place when the project was initially started. 
A note about the 2011 NEC: there are many changes that will be implemented when the 2011 NEC is adopted that will have an impact on residential construction, such as widespread use of arc-fault (AFCI) circuit breakers and tamper proof receptacles throughout the home. We estimate that for an average sized home, the builder should expect an increase of about $1,000.00 to $1,500.00 in electrical construction costs.

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