Is there a website where I can access the complete and most recently updated version of the United States NEC for free?

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    Hello, and welcome to Home Improvement. Unfortunately, "shopping" questions are off-topic here. Jan 15, 2019 at 13:15

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Yes, the NEC. Is free once adopted . search for free NEC and you will find it. This is only for the "code" I don't think they release the hand book that has a lot of information on why, this is the version most inspectors use , but once adopted the NEC is free on line. Just checked look up nfpa.org free access just need to sign in..

Free Access to NEC

  • It is free to observe it on the web, but it will not allow you to copy text, print the pages or export them.
    – JRaef
    Jan 16, 2019 at 0:40

The City of Tool, TX, USA, has provided a freely downloadable and fully searchable PDF of the NEC 2017 (approx. 7MB), currently (April 2020) in effect in most US states, to be accessed without the need to create an account. I assume they have a license.

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