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3 Construction Permits
Building permits are the responsibility of the home owner, so even if you have contracted to have the work done by a third party, you are still liable.
It's actually just a standards manual published by the (U.S.) National Fire Protection Association. LOCAL and/or State law may require adherence to either the NEC or some other electrical code.
For example, in Chicago, the NEC is superceded by the Chicago Electrical code. see
and navigate to / your Government / City Departments / Construction and Permits / References and Ordinances / Electrical code
Here is the Wikipedia entry: »en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_E···%28US%29
and a linky to the 2008 electrical code:
Additionally, here is the 2007 NFPA Fire Code
http://www.nfpa.org/freecodes/free_access_agreement.asp?id=7008SB&cookie%5Ftest= is a dead link now. I suggest listing bulk.resource.org instead. The theory of their archive there is that since the NEC has been incorporated by reference into, among other places, states' law, it is legal to republish the NFPA's copyrighted works.
But N.J. offers ICC codes & standards they have adopted for free in PDF format.
Be sure to check local codes for exact specifications!
The 2009 IRC is available online at: http://publicecodes.citation.com/icod/irc/2009/index.htm
http://www.iccsafe.org/e/prodcat.html?catid=I-C-06&pcats=ICCSafe,C&stateInfo=gYckbQDOkldjTwcj8589 is a dead link. http://www.state.nj.us/dca/codes/ lands on a page asking for bookmark update.
-»www.nema.org/stds/fieldreps/NECa···ment.cfm to see a graphical map of what NEC code that your State follows at this current time period. For a list by State for each City/Village, download the Excel file that is attached.