NEC Requirements for GFCI Protection: Section 210.8 CHEAT SHEET

IAEI Cheat Sheet Guide to GFCI Protection Requirements in Section 210.8.
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Here is a quick navigation guide to Section 210.8 of the 2017 National Electrical Code and the 2020 National Electrical Code. Look for additional Cheat Sheet guides in upcoming issues of IAEI Magazine.

2020 Edition: Section 210.8

Dwelling Units 210.8(A)

All 125- through 250-volt receptacles in the following locations that are supplied by single-phase branch circuits rated 150 volts or less to ground are required to have GFCI protection for personnel.

Bathrooms 210.8(A)(1)
Garages and accessory buildings 210.8(A)(2)
Outdoors 210.8(A)(3)
Crawl Spaces 210.8(A)(4)
Basements (finished and unfinished) 210.8(A)(5)
Kitchens 210.8(A)(6)
Sinks 210.8(A)(7)
Boathouses 210.8(A)(8)
Bathtubs or shower stalls 210.8(A)(9)
Laundry Areas 210.8(A)(10)
Indoor damp and wet locations 210.8(A)(11)
Boat Hoist 555.9

Other Than Dwelling Units 210.8(B)

All 125-volt through 250-volt receptacles supplied by single-phase branch circuits rated 150 volts or less to ground, 50 amperes or less, and all receptacles supplied by three-phase branch circuits rated 150 volts or less to ground, 100 amperes or less, installed in the following locations are required to have GFCI protection for personnel.

Bathrooms 210.8(B)(1)
Kitchens or areas with sink and permanent provisions forfood preparation or cooking 210.8(B)(2)
Rooftops 210.8(B)(3)
Outdoors 210.8(B)(4)
Sinks 210.8(B)(5)
Indoor damp and wet locations 210.8(B)(6)
Locker rooms w/shower facilities 210.8(B)(7)
Garages and accessory buildings 210.8(B)(8)
Crawl spaces — at or below grade 210.8(B)(9)
Unfinished areas of basements 210.8(B)(10)
Laundry areas 210.8(B)(11)
Bathtubs and shower stalls 210.8(B)(12)

Both Dwelling and Other Than Dwelling Units

Crawl Space Lighting Outlets 210.8(C)
Specific Appliances 210.8(D)
Equipment Requiring Servicing 210.8(E) [210.63)
Outdoor Outlets 210.8(F)
Sump Pumps 422.5(A)(6)
Dishwashers 422.5(A)(7)
Swimming Pools and Similar Inst. See Article 680

* Other GFCI requirements scattered throughout the NEC.

2017 Edition: Section 210.8

Dwelling Units 210.8(A)

All 125-volt, single-phase, 15- and 20-ampere receptacles in the following locations are required to have GFCI protection for personnel.

Bathrooms 210.8(A)(1)
Garages and accessory buildings 210.8(A)(2)
Outdoors 210.8(A)(3)
Crawl Spaces 210.8(A)(4)
Unfinished Basements 210.8(A)(5)
Kitchens 210.8(A)(6)
Sinks 210.8(A)(7)
Boathouses 210.8(A)(8)
Bathtubs or shower stalls 210.8(A)(9)
Laundry Areas 210.8(A)(10)
Boat Hoist 210.8(C)
Kitchen Dishwasher Branch Circuit 210.8(D)

Other Than Dwelling Units 210.8(B)

All single-phase receptacles rated 150-volts to ground or less, 50 amperes or less and three-phase receptacles rated 150-volts to ground or less, 100 amperes or less installed in the following locations are required to have GFCI protection for personnel.

Bathrooms 210.8(B)(1)
Kitchens 210.8(B)(2)
Rooftops 210.8(B)(3)
Outdoors 210.8(B)(4)
Sinks 210.8(B)(5)
Indoor wet locations 210.8(B)(6)
Locker rooms w/shower facilities 210.8(B)(7)
Garages and accessory buildings 210.8(B)(8)
Crawl spaces — at or below grade 210.8(B)(9)
Unfinished areas of basements 210.8(B)(10)

Both Dwelling and Other Than Dwelling Units

Crawl Space Lighting Outlets 210.8(E)
Swimming Pools and Similar Inst. See Article 680

* Other GFCI requirements scattered throughout the NEC.

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