Electric service panels are in enclosures, cabinets, boxes, or panel boards containing overcurrent protection devices for controlling light, heat, appliances, and power circuits. This standard refers to three conditions related to electric service panels:

  • Obstructed panels on the interior, exterior, or dwelling units.
  • Damage to breakers or fuses in the form of rust or corrosion.
  • Damage to breakers or fuses in the form of melted parts, burns, arcing, or smoke damage.
Def# Deficiency Severity Repair Due HCV Rating
1 Electric service panel is obstructed and not readily accessible Moderate 30 Days Fail
2 A fuse or breaker is physically damaged (melted, arcing scars, burns, or smoke damage) Life Threatening 24 Hours Fail
3 A fuse or breaker is contaminated; either water, rust or corrosion Severe 24 Hours** Fail

**PBV/HCV Correction Timeframe for this Deficiency is 30 Days

Electrical – Service Panel Standard V3.0 Updated 6/16/23
Electrical – Service Panel Standard V3.0 Updated 8/11/23

Revision: 14
Last modified: 15 August 2023


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Scott Precourt wrote: Nov 16, 2023

The standard for "exposed wires" is now under "exposed electrical conductors"


James bunce wrote: Nov 16, 2023

I am looking for the information regarding the Service panel - gaps at the breakers. I thought it was in this section, but i remember that they said that they were going to change the gap size allowable. Any idea?