The wording in the 2017 NEC regarding physically impaired and totally flat counter tops at islands and peninsulas has been removed.
It could, as long as the countertop or work surface does not extend more than 6" past it's support base and the receptacle is not less than 12" below the countertop or work surface.
If you can't comply with both of those requirements, then an additional receptacle would have to installed above the countertop or work surface to serve that space.
I've pretty much given up on island and peninsular counter tops. It's changed so much in the last 20 years, nobody knows what it is. I'm done with it. They really need to decide on the rules and then just and stick with it, IMO. It would give the cabinet builders and the electricians time to become familiar with "one way" and then they would know. Having to check the code every cycle for this requirement is BS, IMHO. Appliance cords haven't changed any, as far as I know.
It keeps changing because home builders and designers can't leave well enough alone.
If one looks at the diagram 210.52(C)(1), they still got it wrong. Where in any of that language does it specifically say that measurement X is measured to the centerline? Answer: Nowhere. I'm looking at my 2017 pdf. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
In the diagram provided, I might actually WANT a receptacle in that space (speaking only from a practical point of view; I wouldn't enforce it since code doesn't require it).
The 2017 exception regarding mounting location for access to the physically impaired [(210.52(C)(5) exception] still exists in the 2020 code, [210.52(C)(3)(3)] but is no longer an exception.
The question Nick asks about the centerline dimension X I cannot find in either edition, so I would appreciate being directed to it.
I find the contents of the 2020 code to be good, and details in this section are easy for me to both understand and follow. The changes in this were needed to clarify some points that (as Brian has mentioned) have arisen because designers and builders continue to "tweak" their designs.
The designers and builders don't get to tweak the NEC (but they are welcome to try). The code panel for this section needs to decide on the rules and STICK WITH THEM, IMHO.
As I have pointed out, current NEC doesn't mandate that the measurement be taken at the centerline, nor does it mandate that the measurement be taken from the farthest point perpendicular to the edge of the basin. This particular code therefore, is doggie doo. My apologies to all code people.
Someone please correct me if I am mistaken.
I think they need to codify what they are attempting to show in the picture. That would fix this article.
If the picture you refer to is Figure 210.52(C)(1), it is explicitly referenced by paragraph 210.52(C)(1) and refers only to the portion of countertop that is exempt from being the portion of wall line in the measurement of width requiring a receptacle above or in the countertop. That has nothing at all to do with the OP's question about 210.52(C)(3)(3) [or 210.52(C)(5)Exception to 5], which refers to sections of countertop that are 12" or 150mm deep, of any width. In that small sentence the receptacles are allowed below the countertop. Your comments about a centerline are irrelevant and have no support in this portion of either the 2017 or 2020 codes.
Yeah, I went off on a tangent. You are right.
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