Maximum Distance Between Outlets


In an answer to this question Iggy's answer contains a picture that says "Maximum spacing between receptacles on the same countertop space is 4ft."

Does this mean if I were to build a house with 28 feet of countertop in the kitchen, I'd be legally required to have at least 7 outlets, or more? That seems like a lot, what if I just want 2 or 3?

Best Answer

Yes, in the US under the NEC and most local codes, kitchen counters require that receptacle are spaced no more than 4' apart. Also, any counter space 12" or wider require a receptacle.

Bear in mind, breaks in the counter like sinks or ranges do not count as counter space.