3 Electrical Building Codes in Massachusetts You Need To Know

If you're wondering about electrical building codes in Massachusetts, keep on reading - we've got the answers for you!

There have been sweeping changes happening to the Massachusetts Building Code in the last few years. The ninth edition of the Massachusetts State Building Code (780 CRM) was published at the beginning of 2018.  

The number of building permits issued in Massachusetts has been rising with each year. Clearly, there are a lot of folks who are wondering about what the revisions to 780 CRM means for their construction plans.

The current electrical codes in effect in the Massachusetts Building Code is based on the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) current standard, the NFPA 70.

Here are some of the most recent amendments to the NFPA 70, as they pertain to the residents of Massachusetts.

Safe Wiring and Fixtures

Rule #1 of the NFPA states that all wiring and electrical fixtures shall be reasonably safe for both persons and property.

This includes:

  • Lighting fixtures
  • Heating
  • Power
  • Signaling
  • Communications

These fixtures and what constitutes reasonably safe are laid out in M.G.L. c. 143.  

Rule #2: Conformity Of Installations and Repair

Rule #2 states that the installation and repair of wiring and fixtures will conform to the regulations laid out by the Secretary of the Commonwealth. The wiring and fixtures covered by Rule #2 are the same as those defined in Rule #1.

Rule #3: Additions and Modifications Shall Comply To The Code

Rule #3 ensures that all additions and modifications to a building's electrical system will comply with the rules laid out in the construction guidelines. It also states that new installations will not create a violation of the code. It also ensures that new installations and modifications will not increase the magnitude of existing violations.

Rule #4: Owners Will Be Notified Of Violations In Writing

Rule #4 states that in the instance of an electrical code violation, the authority responsible for enforcing this code will notify the owner in writing. The notification shall include specifications on the actual violations that exist. It will also specify what rule of the Code is being violated.

The authorities responsible for the written violations are defined under M.G.L. c. 166, §§ 32 and 33.

Obviously, there's a ton to know and to keep track of. That's why working with cutting-edge electricians is so important. Massachusetts electrical companies keep up-to-date with all of the building code revisions to make sure your building projects go off without a hitch.

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