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All depends on kitchen layout.

We only use 1 20A ct for 2 receptacles by code.
But some kitchen configurations require 3 circuits to make code compliant, some only 1 circuit.
All kitchens require at least 2 small appliance branch circuit to land on the counter.
 
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210.52 b 3

3) kitchen receptacle requirements. Receptacles installed
in a kitchen to serve countertop surfaces shall be
supplied by not fewer than two small-appliance branch circuits,
either or both of which shall also be permitted to supply
receptacle outlets in the same kitchen and in other rooms
specified in 210.52(b)(1). Additional small-appliance branch
circuits shall be permitted to supply receptacle outlets in the
kitchen and other rooms specified in 210.52(b)(1). no smallappliance
branch circuit shall serve more than one kitchen
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If your running a 20 amp you only need one, 2 would be for 15 amp splits.
where do you come up with this stuff ? I would love to see you quote from the codebook !

The 2011 NEC (NFPA 70) requires 2 (Two) 20A Small Appliance circuits in article 210.11

here is the text:

210.11 Branch Circuits Required. Branch circuits for
lighting and for appliances, including motor-operated appliances,
shall be provided to supply the loads calculated in
accordance with 220.10. In addition, branch circuits shall
be provided for specific loads not covered by 220.10 where
required elsewhere in this Code and for dwelling unit loads
as specified in 210.11(C).
(A) Number of Branch Circuits. The minimum number
of branch circuits shall be determined from the total calculated
load and the size or rating of the circuits used. In all
installations, the number of circuits shall be sufficient to
supply the load served. In no case shall the load on any
circuit exceed the maximum specified by 220.18.
(B) Load Evenly Proportioned Among Branch Circuits.
Where the load is calculated on the basis of volt-amperes
per square meter or per square foot, the wiring system up to
and including the branch-circuit panelboard(s) shall be provided
to serve not less than the calculated load. This load
shall be evenly proportioned among multioutlet branch circuits
within the panelboard(s). Branch-circuit overcurrent
devices and circuits shall be required to be installed only to
serve the connected load.

(C) Dwelling Units.
(1) Small-Appliance Branch Circuits. In addition to the
number of branch circuits required by other parts of this
section, two or more 20-ampere small-appliance branch circuits
shall be provided for all receptacle outlets specified by
210.52(B).
(2) Laundry Branch Circuits. In addition to the number
of branch circuits required by other parts of this section, at
least one additional 20-ampere branch circuit shall be provided
to supply the laundry receptacle outlet(s) required by
210.52(F). This circuit shall have no other outlets.
(3) Bathroom Branch Circuits. In addition to the number
of branch circuits required by other parts of this section, at
least one 20-ampere branch circuit shall be provided to
supply bathroom receptacle outlet(s). Such circuits shall
have no other outlets.
Exception: Where the 20-ampere circuit supplies a single
bathroom, outlets for other equipment within the same
bathroom shall be permitted to be supplied in accordance
with 210.23(A)(1) and (A)(2).
as Dennis pointed out earlier and I echoed, you cannot use these for more than 1 kitchen, so
the OP needs 4 ckts. Not one, not 3, not two 15A, FOUR 20A ckts.
 
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where do you come up with this stuff ? I would love to see you quote from the codebook !

The 2011 NEC (NFPA 70) requires 2 (Two) 20A Small Appliance circuits in article 210.11

here is the text:



as Dennis pointed out earlier and I echoed, you cannot use these for more than 1 kitchen, so
the OP needs 4 ckts. Not one, not 3, not two 15A, FOUR 20A ckts.


Look at CEC 26-712(d), 26-722(b), 26-726 for beginners. I wasn't referring to the NEC, I was agreeing Dan Wheeler.
 

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Look at Dan Wheelers profile. And it doesn't mean I don't know whats going on outside of the US.
. This is why I stated what I did . I don't live in canada , and I'm sure Dan knows the CEC better than me , lol ! In all honesty , 1 20 amp circuit for small appliances in most American kitchens is plenty , but who am I to argue ?
 

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. This is why I stated what I did . I don't live in canada , and I'm sure Dan knows the CEC better than me , lol ! In all honesty , 1 20 amp circuit for small appliances in most American kitchens is plenty , but who am I to argue ?
I run two sabc like everyone else, depending on layouts I'll stagger circuits over side by side circuitry. If the panel is far I'll run a third sabc to cover range, hood, refrigerator and outside deck receptacle.
 

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I run two sabc like everyone else, depending on layouts I'll stagger circuits over side by side circuitry. If the panel is far I'll run a third sabc to cover range, hood, refrigerator and outside deck receptacle.
. Believe me , I don't skimp when it comes to circuits either . I've worked for people that specifically want their lighting separate from their receptacles , and pay to have it done that way . I came up on the commercial side of the trade , so this was the norm for me anyway .
 

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. This is why I stated what I did . I don't live in canada , and I'm sure Dan knows the CEC better than me , lol ! In all honesty , 1 20 amp circuit for small appliances in most American kitchens is plenty , but who am I to argue ?
If Im not mistaken, Dan would know better of course, but if you have more than one counter or more than a certain number of outlets you will need more. I do know (I think:laughing:) that outlets next to the sink must be GFCI but those say on a back counter do not. The GFCI requirement came in somewhere in 2002 2003. Prior to that it was only 15 amp splits on 14/3. Now you have a 20amp T slot option.
 
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