Florida State Electrical Regulations
April 02, 2018
Electricity and various electrical installations are an essential part of any home or dwelling in the state of
Florida. Without electricity, you would not be able to light your home, use your appliances, run your TV
or computer, and do just about anything that makes your daily life functional. Having an electrical
system in your home is essential yet many people are not well educated about the codes that residential
dwellings have to adhere to. You should know if your Florida home is meeting the standards of the
state’s electrical regulations, as well as the NEC (National Electrical Code) guidelines.
NFPA 70A: National Electrical Code® Requirements for One- and Two-Family Dwellings
The state of Florida uses an official regulatory document called “NFPA 70A: National Electrical Code
Requirements for One and Two-Family Dwellings” to establish the standards for electric equipment
installed in one or two-family homes in Florida. This code regulates houses, mobile homes recreational
vehicles, and yards. It covers the rules and regulations of any electrical features you may have in your
house, including – wiring material, installation methods, lighting fixtures, electrical appliances, space
heating, generators, swimming pools and hot tubs, solar panels, and more.
Regulations You Need to Know
- GFCI outlets are required in bathrooms, kitchens, garages, outdoors, crawl spaces, unfinished
basements, and boathouses. If you are not familiar, GFCI outlets, are “ground fault circuit
interrupters” are special outlets that prevent electrical current from flowing where it is not
intended and protect your home from dangerous electrical surges.
- No point in your home’s walls should be located more than 6 feet from an electrical outlet.
- To prevent circuit overload, the electrical load wherever you plug something in (an appliance,
a lighting fixture, etc.) should not be greater than 50% of the branch-circuit ampere rating.
- Branch-circuit requirements outline the minimum conductor size required for each circuit in
your home, which may vary depending on the electrical load of your home.
Contact A Professional at Empowered Global to Get Your Home Up to Code Today
These are just a few of the rules and regulations that are outlined in the document. Not following
Florida’s electric code is not only violating state regulations but puts yourself at risk for electrical
problems in your home with potentially dangerous effects. There is a lot of information to unpack in the
NFPA 70A document to fully understand Florida electrical code, so we make it easy, so you don’t have
The professionals at Empowered Global have expertise in this area. Empowered Global Inc. Is an
electrical contractor specializing in residential service work, residential remodels, and commercial
service work. We can help you with all your needs for your home or business, to make sure your
electrical job is done correctly, on time, and up to code.
We are located in Bonita Springs, Florida, and service in the Southwest Florida area. Call us at (239) 970-
8267 or contact us today for a free inspection for any of your electrician needs.