Electrical Code (NEC)
National Electrical Code (NEC), or NFPA 70, is a regionally
adoptable standard for the safe installation of electrical
wiring and equipment in the United States. The NEC, while
having no legally binding regulation as written, can be
and often is adopted by states, municipalities and cities
in an effort to standardize their enforcement of safe electrical
practices within their respective jurisdiction. In some
cases, the NEC is amended, altered and may even be rejected
in lieu of regional regulations as voted on by the governing
bodies of any given locale.
NEC codifies the requirements for safe electrical installations
into a single, standardized source. It is part of the National
Fire Codes series published by the National Fire Protection
Association (NFPA), and while not itself a U.S. law, NEC
use is commonly mandated by state or local law.
"authority having jurisdiction" inspects for compliance
with these minimum standards.
Electrical Code" and "NEC" are registered
trademarks of the NFPA). http://www.nfpa.org/