I have installed a meter 200 feet away from the building with the only disconnect being in the building at the point of entry. Inspector says I need a disconnect close to the meter. I think he is wrong
230.70(A)(1) "The service disconnecting means shall be installed at a readily accessible location either outside of a building or structure or inside nearest the point of enterance of the service conductors."
If your meter is remote, then I believe you'll need the service disconnect remote also. You can pedestal equipment that will hold your meter and main disconnect in one unit.
Why does the meter have to be 200 feet away anyway? If you move it to the building you'd ba OK.
Re: underground service and meter#69375 09/06/0608:45 PM09/06/0608:45 PM
I have put services in before that the meter was on one side of the house and we buried the conductors over to the other side of the house at the point of entry with only a disconnect on the main panel inside with no issues from the inspector. Granted it wasn't 200 feet but I see no difference
Re: underground service and meter#69378 09/06/0608:59 PM09/06/0608:59 PM
A friend of mine recently did a similar installation. The house was several hundred feet away from the street. He installed a shunt trip breaker for the main. He installed a pushbutton at the street by the meter, so the main could be opened there, as well as being able to manually open it at the house.
Re: underground service and meter#69380 09/07/0612:00 PM09/07/0612:00 PM
I am not sure what the inspector is citing as a code reason for his ruling. Is there some local code? In fact the NEC would allow a single disconnect, either immediately where it enters the house, out there at the meter or anywhere in between. Perhaps a bad design but not illegal. At a certain point you still have to work there so it may be easier to just ask what he wants.