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The residential inspection checklist for topout/frame (electrical) includes:

***Please Note:  Electrical service panel(s) may not be installed within a garage so as to breach the required garage/residence fire separation.  This would include any garage bearing wall which supports the horizontal fire separation.

  • Grounding electrode system, minimum #4 AWG copper ground (electrode) conductor, Table E3603.1 (footnote d), I.R.C. 
  • Grounding bond: water and gas, minimum #4 AWG copper, City standard
  • Maintain min. ¼ inch air space behind exterior mounted service panel, section E3907.2, I.R.C. 
  • SE and NM cable supported at maximum 4 ½ feet oc and within 8 inches of boxes without cable clamps, Table E3802.1 (footnotes e and h), I.R.C. 
  • Electrical (SE and NM) cable protected from physical damage when within 1¼ inches of framing member's edge, Table E3802.1, I.R.C. 
  • Protect electrical (SE and NM) cable within 6 feet of attic access scuttle, section E3802.2.1, I.R.C. 
  • Minimum of two 20-ampere-rated branch circuit receptacle outlets in kitchen (incl. pantry, breakfast area, dining area), section E3703.2, I.R.C. 
  • Kitchen counter (12 inches or wider) receptacle outlets: maximum 4 foot oc, and at/or within 2 feet of end of counter, section E3901.4.1, I.R.C. 
  •  Island counter: minimum one receptacle outlet (no counter flush outlets allowed) section E3901.4.2, I.R.C.  See section E3901.4.4, I.R.C. for minimum two receptacle outlets when counter space is separated. 
  • Peninsula island counter: minimum one receptacle outlet (no counter flush outlets allowed) sections E3901.4.3, I.R.C.  See section E3901.4.4, I.R.C. for minimum two receptacle outlets when counter space is separated.
  • Branch circuits wired with arc-fault circuit-interrupter protection (combination type), section E3902.12, I.R.C. 
  • All electrical boxes to be secured, with no overfill, section E3905.12.2.1, I.R.C.  
  • Min. of 6 inches of conductor length within electrical box, section E3406.11.3, I.R.C. 
  • Min. ¼ inch of nonmetallic sheathing length (thru knockout opening) within electrical box, section E3905.3.1, I.R.C. 
  • Proper size branch circuit conductors: A/C units, ranges, cooktops, water heater and dryer, section E3705, I.R.C. 
  • Minimum one 20-ampere-rared branch circuit receptacle outlets in laundry area, section E3703.3, I.R.C. 
  • Minimum one 20-ampere-rated branch circuit to supply bathroom receptacle outlets, section E3703.4, I.R.C. 
  • General receptacle spacing (along wall having 2 feet or more in width) at 12 feet oc and at/within 6 feet of all door openings, sections E3901.2.1, I.R.C. and E3901.2.2, I.R.C. 
  • Ground-fault circuit-interrupter protection receptacles:  including bathroom, kitchen countertop surfaces, laundry sink, utility sink, wet bar sink , garage, unfinished accessory storage/work building, unfinished storage/work basement areas and outdoors, section E3902, I.R.C.
  • Attic HVAC equipment:  Light switch at attic access scuttle and light outlet at equipment, section E3903.4, I.R.C. 
  • Attic HVAC equipment: Disconnect means at equipment, section E4101.5, I.R.C. 
  • Attic HVAC equipment: General purpose receptacle, accessible and within 25 feet, section E3901.12, I.R.C. 
  • Hydromassage bathtub: Bonding with minimum #8 (solid) bonding  jumper (all metal piping, metal parts, etc.), E4209.4, I.R.C. 
  • Hydromassage bathtub: Ground-fault circuit –interrupter protector (including receptacles within 6 feet, section E4209.1, I.R.C. 
  • Hydromassage bathtub: All electrical equipment shall be accessible and within direct view (maximum 12 inches from access opening), section E4209.3, I.R.C. 
  • Smoke alarms: UL 217 listed and labeled, in each bedroom and outside each bedroom area in the immediate vicinity, on each additional story (including basement), section R314.3, I.R.C. 
  • Smoke alarms: Required when there is 24 inch variation in ceiling height, City amended section R314.3, I.R.C. 
  • Smoke alarms: Wall and ceiling installation locations per manufacturer’s specifications and listing, including location adjacent to HVAC supply and returns.
  • Smoke alarms:, Hard wired, interconnected (activation of one alarm activates all), with battery back-up, section R314, I.R.C. 
  • Carbon monoxide alarms: UL 2034 listed and labeled, outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms, sections R315.1 and R315.4, I.R.C.
***Please note:  If a carbon monoxide detection system (detection with audible notification) is installed, it must be owned by the homeowner and monitored by an approved supervising station.
  • A 125-volt, 14 ampere-rated receptacle outlet shall be installed in an accessible location under each bathroom lavatory to allow for the operation of a point-of-service hot water recirculating pump, City amended section R306.4, I.R.C.
  • Ceiling-suspended fans (paddle) shall be supported independently of an outlet box, section E4101.6 I.R.C.

Contact Information

City of Litchfield Park
Building Safety Department
214 West Wigwam Boulevard
Litchfield Park, Arizona  85340

Ph: 623-935-1066
Fx: 623-535-9754

Updated 4/22/16