2005 National Electrical Code

The report on the proposed changed for the 2005 National Electrical Code is available at

The actual process of changing the NEC takes about two years, and it involves many thousands of individuals making an effort to have the NEC as current and accurate as possible. Let’s review how this process works:

Step 1. Proposal – November 5, 1999. Anybody can submit a proposal to change the Code before the proposal closing date. Over 4,700 proposals were submitted to modify the 1999 NEC, of these only 300 were accepted that had any significant impact. Some of the changes were minor editorial revisions; while others were very significant, such as new Articles, Sections, Exceptions, and Fine Print Notes.

Step 2. Code Panel Reviews Proposals – January 10–20, 2000. All Code proposals were reviewed by Code Panels (there are 20 panels) who voted to accept, reject, or modify them. From May 15th through the 19th, the NEC Correlating Committee reviewed the Code Panels’ voting on the proposals.

Step 3. Report on Proposals (ROP) – July 14, 2000. The voting of the 20 Code Panels on the proposals was published for public review in a document called the "Report on Proposals", August 2000. This document is frequently referred to as the "ROP.” The ROP for the 2002 revisions was in excess of 1000 pages and included an additional 600+ pages for a draft copy of the 2002 NEC.

Step 4. Public Comment – October 27, 2000. Once the ROP is available, public comments can be submitted asking the Code Panel members to accept the proposal, revise the proposal or to reject the proposal. The closing date for "Comments" was October 27, 2000.

Step 5. Comments Reviewed by Code Panel – December 4–16, 2000. The 20 Code Panels met December 4th through the 16th, 2000 to review, discuss and vote on the public comments. The voting of the 20 Code Panels on the "Comments" were reviewed by the NEC Correlating Committee from March 12th through 16th, 2001.

Step 6. Report on Comments (ROC) – April 16, 2001. The voting on the "Comments" was published for public review in a document called the "Report on Comments," which was available April 2001. This document is frequently referred to as the "ROC." The ROC for the 2002 revisions was in excess of 700 pages and did not include a draft copy of the 2002 NEC.

Step 7. Electrical Section and Annual Meeting – May 13–17, 2001.
Electrical Section Meeting – The NFPA Electrical Section met from May 13th through 17th to discuss and review the report of the NEC Committee prior to adoption of the Code by the association. At the Electrical Section meeting, the chairman of each Code Panel and the Chairman of the Correlating Committee explained the revised changes for the 2002 NEC, reported their final recommendations and permitted last minute revisions by any interested party. Last minute revisions were voted on for recommendation by the Electrical Section members for the annual meeting.

Step 8. Annual Meeting – May 17, 2001. The 2002 NEC was officially adopted at the annual meeting May 17, 2001. Before the vote to adopt the 2002 NEC was taken, last minute appeals called "floor actions" were permitted and a vote was taken on each appeal.

Step 9. Standards Council Review Appeals and Approves the 2002 NEC – July 22, 2001. The NFPA Standards Council reviewed the adoption of the 2002 NEC and all appeals on July 22, 2001.

Step 10. The 2002 NEC Becomes Available – September 2001. NFPA Board of Directors reviews appeals to the 2002 NEC. This step continued even after the 2002 NEC was printed.

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