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where can we research ontario electrical code regulations that govern the positioning of a breaker panel within a residential home?

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Bathroom is a room with a toilet, a sink and a shower or tub. Washroom has no shower or tub.
Some good info can found at the ESASAFE FAQ page

http://www.esasafe.com/faqs.htm

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Does the Ontario Electrical Safety Code permit the service panelboard to be located in a bathroom (defined as a room containing bathing or showering facilities)?
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No. The electrical code does not permit an electrical service panelboard to be located in a bathroom.

Rules 6-206, 26-402.

Ontario Electrical Safety Code 25th Edition/2012.
A panelboard is permitted in a washroom.



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I am renovating an older home including having the electrical service upgraded and wiring replaced. Can the electrical service panel be located in the kitchen?
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Yes, provided it is not in an undesirable location such as above the stove or sink, or inside a kitchen cabinet. Kitchen cabinets or appliances cannot be placed over or in front of the panel as the Code requires a minimum working space of 1 m with secure footing to be provided and maintained in front of the panel. The electrical code also requires unobstructed access to and exit from the working space in front of the panel and that working space around electrical panel shall not be used for storage and shall be kept clear of obstruction.

Rules 2-308, 2-312, 6-206, and 26-402.

Ontario Electrical Safety Code 25th Edition/2012.
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My existing fusible service entrance panel is located in a stairway. I would like to upgrade my service and convert to circuit breakers, can the service go back in the same location?
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No. The electrical code does not permit the installation of a service or panelboard in clothes closets, bathrooms, stairways, rooms in which the temperature normally exceeds 30C, dangerous or hazardous locations, locations where the headroom clearance is less than 2 m, nor in any similar undesirable locations.

The new service shall be located so as to be Code compliant.

Rules 6-206, 26-402.

Ontario Electrical Safety Code 25th Edition/2012.
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How close can a water heater be placed to an electrical panel?
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The code does not have any specific requirements for the minimum distance between a water heater and a panel board. Having said that, the following is the minimum code requirements around electrical panel:
- Rule 2-308 of the electrical code requires a minimum working space of 1 m with secure footing be provided and maintained in front of electrical equipment such as panelboards. This is interpreted as meaning a space that is 1m in depth in front of the panel, 2 m in height and at least the width of the panel board or 1m, whichever is greater. The panel board does not have to be centered in the width of the working space, it can be off center.
- The electrical code also requires that there be unobstructed access to and exit from the working space in front of the panel and that working space around electrical equipment shall not be used for storage and shall be kept clear of obstruction. (Rules 2-308, 2-310, 2-312, 6-206)

Ontario Electrical Safety Code 24th Edition/200
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Does the Code permit installation of an enclosure over top of my electrical panel to enhance its visual appearance?
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Yes, provided the enclosure is constructed so as not to permit its use for storage purposes and the enclosure provides full access to the electrical panel including removal of the panel cover for maintenance purposes.

Rules 2-308, 2-312 and 6-206.

Ontario Electrical Safety Code 25th Edition/2012.

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