Code Compliance

Code Compliance
Timely Electric’s professional technicians strictly adhere to, and comply with,  Virginia and national electrical codes as dictated by the National Electrical Code (NEC), which is published by the U.S. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 70)— the US standard for safe installation of electrical wiring and equipment.

Local jurisdictions throughout Hampton Roads and code enforcement boards inspect for compliance with the minimum standards, as established by law. Timely Electric’s extensively trained and licensed employees follow all of these local and state provisions. Your satisfaction, and our reputation depend on it.

Some electric code violation guidelines of interest include:


  • You can only install GFCI (ground fault current interrupter) receptacles in bathrooms.
  • There must be a receptacle within 3 feet of the outside edge of sink basin.
  • No receptacles face-up on countertops.
  • Because some receptacles power high-wattage devices like hair dryers, there must be at least one separate 20 amp. branch circuit.

General Rooms

  • There should be wall receptacles every 12 feet.
  • Receptacles should be on any wall space that is more than 24 inches wide.
  • Hallways more than 10 feet in length must have at least one receptacle.


  • All countertops receptacles must be GFCI.
  • There can be no receptacles more than 20 inches above countertops. (Exceptions are for the physically handicapped and for islands or peninsulas where this is not possible).
  • There should be receptacles above all countertops that are 12 inches or wider.
  • No face-up receptacles.
  • At least one receptacle should be located on islands or peninsulas.

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