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NEC Code Adoptions by State

StateAdoption ByNEC CodeExam CodeDate
Alabama State 201420142014-06-01
Alaska State 201120112012-10-16
 The state Division of Labor Standards and Safety enforces the electrical codes; The Mechanical Inspection Section has jurisdiction over the electrical inspection and adoption process. The electrical code may be found at:
Arizona Local Jurisdiction 2008
 Not adopted by the state. Phoenix and surrounding communities enforcing 2008 NEC.
Arkansas State 201420112014-11-24
 Adopted without amendment.
California State 201120112014-01-01
 The State adopts all construction codes through the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC). Input is received form several state agencies with involvement in construction: artichect, health, housing, and fire marshal. Each of these agencies might change the code only for those structures under its jurisdiction. Local jurisdictions enforce the adopted codes and may not alter the California codes without approval from the CBSC based on local geographic, climactic, or geologic conditions.
Colorado State 201420142014-07-01
Connecticut State 201120112014-02-28
Delaware State 201120112012-12-11
 The 2011 NEC is adopted in its entirety with the exception of two amendments regarding the installation of smoke alarms on branch circuits protected by Arc-Fault Circuit-Interrupters. The amendments are the same as those made with the adoption of the 2005 and 2008 NEC. Sections 210.12(B) and 550.25(B).
Florida State 201120112015-01-05
 The 2011 NEC was adopted on January 5, 2015 with the 5th Edition of the Florida Building Code. The effective date is July 1, 2015. The NEC is adopted in Florida with no state amendments.
Georgia State 201420142015-01-01
 Adopted without amendment.
HawaiiLocal Counties200820082010-04-16
 The State Building Code Council is currently (as of October 2014) considering adoption of the 2014 NEC. If approved, Hawaii would skip the 2011 NEC.
Idaho State 201420142014-07-01
 The State Building Code Council is currently (as of October 2014) considering adoption of the 2014 NEC. If approved, Hawaii would skip the 2011 NEC.
IllinoisLocal2008No Licensing at state level
 There is no statewide adoption of the NEC. The state adopted the 2008 NEC statewide effective July 1, 2011 for non-building code jurisdictions.The following local jurisdictions have adopted the 2008 NEC: Bloomington, Danville, Decatur, Glenn Ellyn, Normal, Rock Island, State of Illinois Capital Development, Washington.
IndianaState2008No Licensing at state level2009-09-26
 The state of Indiana adopted the 2008 NEC with amendmends by deleting any requirements for Tamper Resistant and by deleting AFCI. However, Indiana has not adopted the latest edition of the IRC even though proposals have been sent to the Residential Committee. The 2008 NEC adoption was implemented September 26, 2009.
Iowa State 201420142015-01-01
 Adopted without amendment.
KansasLocalNo Licensing at state level
 There is no statewide adoption of the NEC in Kansas. 2008 NEC was adopted by the state for state-owned buildings, but local jurisdictions can adopt and enforce different codes.
 Adopted without amendment.
 The 2011 NEC was adopted on 12/28/12 with an effective date of 1/1/13. The 2012 IRC went into effect on January 1, 2014. The 2014 is expected to be adopted on January 1, 2016.
MarylandState/Local Jurisdiction201420142015-01-01
 State of Michigan The State of Michigan Department of LARA, Bureau of Construction Codes adopted the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC) with an effective date of June 18, 2015. This code adoption affects commercial & three and larger multi-family structures in the state. There are also several state-specific amendments.
MississippiLocal Jurisdiction, Except Building Codes in five Coastal Counties20052005
 There is no statewide adoption of the NEC. Electrical Codes are mainly the 2005 and 2008 adopted on local basis.
MissouriLocal Adoption2005No Licensing at state level
 The State of Missouri is a local adoption state. However, the City of St. Louis adopted the 2011 NEC without amendment on February 3, 2011.
 The State of Montana adopted the 2014 NEC without significant amendment. Cities and counties have 90 days from October 23, 2014 to adopt the 2014 NEC as adopted by the State. Cities and counties are not permitted to amend the NEC as adopted by the State.
NevadaLocal Jurisdiction20112011
 Nevada does not adopt or enforce building codes by state law.
New HampshireState201420142015-01-01
 The 2014 NEC will be adopted on 1-1-2015. This adoption date coincides with a new Ruling of the State Electrical Board (RSA 319-C:6-c) to require all licensed Electricians to acquire all Continuing Education hours (15) relating to the 2014 NEC before January 1, 2015.
New JerseyState201120142012-03-30
 The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Division of Codes and Standards has completed the Electrical SubCode review process. Effective May 7, 2012, the 2011 National Electrical Code with amendments became the electrical standard for all new electrical installations in the state.
New MexicoState201420142014-08-01
New YorkState2008No Licensing at state level2010-07-01
 On July 10, 2012 the State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council gave conditional approval to move to the 2011 NEC. The DCEA has completed the legal documents, text etc. for submission to the Governor’s Office for their approval to go to the public comment period. Once submitted the process should take a few months. The public comment period and hearings will be posted on the DCEA web site ( It is anticipated that there will be enough time for a transition period to go to the 2011 NEC.
North CarolinaState201120112012-07-03
 2011 NEC Effective 7/3/2012. The 2014 NEC is expected to me adopted in 2015.
North DakotaState201420142014-09-01
OhioState2014 - on Commercial Bldgs only2008/20112015-01-01
 2011 NEC (Commercial Bldg only) Nov 1, 2011 . Residential code for 1-2 &3 family dwellings was adopted with an effective date of January 1, 2013. 3/31/14 - the 2014 NEC adoption (Commercial code only) process is moving along without admendment. Next step is for the OBBS to vote and begin the CSI review. The adoption is still on track to have an effective date of 1/1/15 or sooner.
OklahomaState Adoption - But Local adoption is allowed201420112015-09-30
PennsylvaniaState2008No Licensing at state level
 2009 ICC Codes NEC by reference in IBC.
Rhode IslandState201420142014-07-01
South CarolinaState Adopted - But with the IRC also prominent.201120112013-07-01
South DakotaState201420142014-07-01
TennesseeState, Except for 34 Local Jurisdictions200820082009-01-28
TexasState Adoption - But Local Jurisdictions May Amend201420142014-09-01
 On June 11, 2014, the Utah Uniform Building Code Commission recommended the adoption of the 2014 NEC to the State Legislature. The Legislature will vote on the adoption sometime in early 2015 with a possible effective date of July 1, 2015. The State has also adopted the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) in its entirety, including the electrical chapters. With the 2009 IRC containing the residential requirements from the 2005 NEC, there is inconsistency in technical requirements, as it has been determined that the electrical provisions of the IRC apply to buildings covered under that code. Therefore, a jurisdiction will enforce the 2011 NEC for apartments, condominium, and other multi-family dwellings, but revert to the 2005 NEC for one-family and two-family dwellings. The 2012 IRC is set for adoption on 7/1/2013, th AFCI issue is still open for debate as it is currently amended to only cover the language as defined in the 2005 NEC for 1 and 2 family dwellings and townhomes.The Utah Building Code web site is
 The Code can be viewed online at:
 The effective date of the 2012 Virginia Codes is July 14, 2014. This includes the 2011 National Electrical Code. Code sections under petition may be suspended as necessary until resolution.
 The Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 296-46B is available electronically from the Washington State Labor and Industries website:
West VirginiaState201120112013-09-01
 AFCI - Receptacle was amended from the 2011 NEC adoption. On 1/30/14 They voted to move it to “ General File.” General File is the first time the full Legislature has the opportunity to debate and vote on bills. At this stage, senators consider amendments, which may be proposed by committees and by individual senators. Many people consider General File to be the most crucial stage of the legislative process because it is where most compromises are reached. It takes a majority vote of the Legislature (25 votes) to adopt amendments or move a bill from General File to the next stage of consideration.

The NEC National Electrical Code is updated every three years. This guide offers a list of the NEC codes adopted in each state, along with dates of adoption and any amendments in effect.

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