Notice of Intended Action

Standards for electrical work, ch 504

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ARC 5522C


Notice of Intended Action

Proposing rule making related to standards for electrical work

and providing an opportunity for public comment

The Electrical Examining Board hereby proposes to amend Chapter 504, "Standards for Electrical Work," Iowa Administrative Code.

Legal Authority for Rule Making

This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code sections 17A.3 and 103.6.

State or Federal Law Implemented

This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code sections 17A.3 and 103.6.

Purpose and Summary

The purpose of this proposed rule making is to update the Standards for Electrical Work to the National Electrical Code, 2020 edition. Consistent with recent rule making in this chapter, the entire National Electrical Code (NEC) is adopted, with the time-limited amendments included in this chapter. It is the intention of the Department and the Board not to make further amendments, regardless of new additions to the NEC, until it is necessary for the state of Iowa. A significant effect of the adoption of the 2020 edition of the NEC would have been the requirement for 250-volt receptacles, but the Board, in addition to adopting the 2020 edition of the NEC by reference, is amending the 2020 edition to postpone that requirement until January 1, 2022.

Two typographical errors in the amendments are corrected as well, and language is added to better describe the receptacles that would require ground-fault circuit-interrupter (GFCI) protection.

Fiscal Impact

This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.

Jobs Impact

After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.


Pursuant to the provisions of rule 661—10.222(17A), the Department does not have authority to waive requirements established by statute. Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Department for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any, pursuant to the provisions of rule 661—10.222(17A).

Public Comment

Any interested person may submit written comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Department no later than 4:30 p.m. on April 13, 2021. Comments should be directed to:

Brian Young

Department of Public Safety

Oran Pape State Office Building

215 East 7th Street

Des Moines, Iowa 50319


Public Hearing

No public hearing is scheduled at this time. As provided in Iowa Code section 17A.4(1)"b," an oral presentation regarding this rule making may be demanded by 25 interested persons, a governmental subdivision, the Administrative Rules Review Committee, an agency, or an association having 25 or more members.

Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee

The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).

Emergency Rule Making Adopted by Reference

This proposed rule making is also published herein as an Adopted and Filed Emergency rule making (see ARC 5523C, IAB 3/24/21). The purpose of this Notice of Intended Action is to solicit public comment on that emergency rule making, whose subject matter is hereby adopted by reference.

Public Safety Department

Closed For Comments

This notice is now closed for comments. Collection of comments closed on 4/13/2021.

Official Document

The official published PDF of this document is available from the Iowa General Assembly’s Administrative Rules page.

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View the Iowa Administrative Bulletin for 3/24/2021.

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