I’m putting an addition on my house which will be my new
kitchen. The existing kitchen will become a laundry / utility room.
I’m putting in a 100 Amp subpanel to handle the electrical needs of the new addition. Since the existing kitchen will become a utility room, and it shares a wall with the new addition, I plan to put the new subpanel in the old kitchen.
The problem is the placement — the best place for the panel is on the wall over a counter. I don’t want to remove the counter if I don’t have to (nice to have cabinets and storage in a utility room), but I recall reading somewhere that an electrical panel requires space directly in front of it. If that is true, I would think that would make putting it on the wall behind a counter illegal.
Does anyone know whether this is legal? The counter is only 12″ deep, if that makes a difference. I live in New Jersey, so BOCA or CABO are applicable. (Although I suspect this is a pure NEC question).
Thanks for any light that anyone can shed.