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I would like to know if anyone has successfully argued against counties or cities that add or modify the NEC. I am working in a county that has a 10 opening rule for lighting, receptacles etc. The kitchen we are doing is getting recessed cans, pendants and under cabinet lights that are all LED. The total wattage is under 500 watts on a 15 amp circuit. I am not allowed this load because it is more than "10 openings". I remember talking to a State Electrical Inspector that told me that legally counties or cities are not allowed to modify a national document like the NEC. Can anyone help me?
 

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So counties can't , where states can amend?

is there a lawyer in the house?

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The county next to where I live has a rule that you have to have an outside service disconnect, its not code but we have to live with it.
 

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I remember talking to a State Electrical Inspector that told me that legally counties or cities are not allowed to modify a national document like the NEC. Can anyone help me?
I can't imagine why not. The NEC is a code model, just a set of words. Any authority having jurisdiction can adopt it, modify it, or use some other document as the basis of their law. If CO has a state code, and doesn't grant authority to lesser jurisdictions to alter the state code or use another code model, then that might be what you were told.
 

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You must be a "newbie" to the trade.

There is no such thing as a "national" code despite the name.

The NEC is written by a private organization that generates a code that any state, county, city, etc. may or may not legally adopt into law.

Any of these political entities may make any changes to the NEC and many do.

Chicago is a prime example.

I other words, depending on where you work, there may be no code requirements or the full and exact, as written, NEC.

Now you have to deal with what code year has been adopted in a particular area.

There is much more but I fear your thinking processes are overloaded already.

Just a final comment on replies from others on this site.

The haven't a clue.

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