On June 30, 2020 the Texas Commission on Licensing and Regulation adopted the 2020 NEC as the electrical code for the state of Texas and established it as the “minimum standard” for all electrical work in Texas covered by the Act. The effective date will be November 1, 2020 (delayed from the proposed date of September 1, 2020 due to COVID-19).
Expectations are that any non-exempt electrical work started on or after November 1, 2020 will have to be installed in accordance with the 2020 NEC. For purposes of clarification, the “start” of electrical work is the day the electrician begins installing electrical materials or equipment within the residential or commercial building structure. Inside the corporate limits of a municipality, electricians must abide by city permitting requirements and adhere to any local code amendments.
The GHBA is working with the City of Houston and other municipalities to determine what changes will be implemented. In addition, many electricians will receive this information from their continuing education training.