The SCECA association lawyer has been looking into this and I believe that the determination was that we should be following the code adopted by the State (1999 NEC).
Interestingly, the town of Huntington tried to adopt the 2002 NEC by putting language into their by-laws (or whatever they are called) stating that they will adopt whatever the newest code was. A locality can have different rules than the state does, but that takes a more extensive legal process to establish than they were aware of, and they withdrew their proposal after being confronted by a SCECA representative and its Lawyer.
We are all a bit confused here at the moment I think as most people (99.9%) were not aware that we were officially on the 1993 code until July of 2002. The last I heard was that the Inspection authorities were still divided on which code they would be inspecting to.
The Lawyer I am referring to (Rob) is a Member and sometime visitor here, maybe I can get ahold of him to explain things better/or more correctly.
Re: Adoption of the 2002 code#22398 02/22/0311:59 AM02/22/0311:59 AM
Bill, I am doing a job in Long Beach. When I got my license the City told me that I can not use BX in any house or building. They said I must use Romex due the the corossive nature of the salt water. So I started doing a renovation in a 9 story apartment building. The apartment is 15years old and is wired completly in romex. My reno is also wired in romex. I filed for rough inspection with the local inspection agency and they told me I was in violation because any building over 3 stories must be wired in BX or MC on the stories above the 3rd floor. The City of Long Beach says they will pass this wiring method, Electrical Inspectors says they won't. The inspector called the state to see if they could give a verbal OK on wiring this way. Remember most of Long Beach and this building in particular is all in Romex.
The state said I must attend a hearing in the court house in Hauppague. 5 month wait... The owner of the condo is not a happy man.
The crazy part of this is that the 2002 code allows this practice. The City allows it but the State of NY does not.
Re: Adoption of the 2002 code#22399 02/22/0312:36 PM02/22/0312:36 PM
Here in NJ if a new code is adopted, you are allowed a 6 month grace period, if the project wasn't started. If a project was already started, then the project follows the NEC that was in use when the permit was issued. If your project was started under the old code, then you should follow the old code. If you want to update some of the building to the new code, then you should check with the AHJ. I feel that if the newer code is still just a s safe or safer than the old code, then the AHJ might allow the new upgrade. Either way, you should check with the AHJ to make sure.
Re: Adoption of the 2002 code#22400 02/22/0312:52 PM02/22/0312:52 PM