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That's not how the code works. A building is up to code if the work done in it meets the code of the cycle when it was built and there hasn't been a renovation to it involving electrical that took place after the rule was brought into effect. Changing devices doesn't count as a reno.
 
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Wow, that was fast!

Thanks for the reply.

Oh, after reading this below I would have thought that buildings would have been required to adjust seeing as the potential risk still exists:

"The word "enclosed" was deleted to require that a receptacle be installed in
any balcony or porch to eliminate running appliance or extension cords through windows or doorways for various portable electrical equipment, such as rotisseries, radios, TV, etc."
 

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If that were true we'd all be spending a fortune in tamper proof receptacles and arc fault breakers. It would be to hard to police that everyone makes the changes. In this case its really not a safety issue persay unless you leave an extension cord out through an open door on the deck while it raining and most people have more sense than that.

I'd actually have to check that but there's a good chance that rule may only apply to houses. Not apartments and condos.
 

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Ok....well if that's the way code works so be it, it obviously works different than the laws of the land.

Would it be difficult to have a receptacle installed on a balcony in an older building?
 

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Apartment or condo? All depends on the building materials used. Could be a concrete wall, block wall, or plain old studded wood. If its an apartment I would say they won't let you do it. If its a condo then you need approval from the building first.
 

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Talk to your landlord. They may allow it. Especially when it increases the selling aspect of it when you move out. They'll want you to pay of course :laughing:
 

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This from the current ESA site.

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

Question
Does the Code require installation of a receptacle on a balcony or porch?
Answer

Yes. The current edition of the Code requires that at least one duplex receptacle be provided in each area such as a balcony or porch.

Prior to 1990 the Code did not require receptacles at balconies or porches. Between 1990 and 2002 the Code required a receptacle in an enclosed area such as a porch or balcony that was not classified as a finished area. The 2002 edition of the Code removed the word "enclosed", which means that both open porches or balconies and enclosed porches and balconies require a receptacle.

Rule 26-712.

Ontario Electrical Safety Code 25th Edition/2012
 
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