Is there any requirement that mandates a residential floor-installed electrical receptacle to be a GFCI type, when said location is in a dining area, NOT located in the bathroom, kitchen, laundry / NOT near water source? Thank you!

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    GFCI receptacles are never, ever required. Never. Where GFCI protection is required, you are allowed to use a variety of methods to provide it, such as downstream feeding, deadfront, GFCI breaker, whole subpanel GFCI, you name it. May 23, 2019 at 1:10
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    May 23, 2019 at 17:00

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No, this receptacle doesn't have to be GFCI protected

The primary clause that requires GFCI protection in residential kitchens only applies to kitchen countertop receptacles (there's also a GFCI requirement for dishwashers, but that's a different thing):

(6) Kitchens — where the receptacles are installed to serve the countertop surfaces

However, it does need to be installed correctly

The problem with a receptacle in the floor, though, is that putting a regular box and receptacle in the floor yields a hazardous installation (due to crud getting into the receptacle), and is prohibited by 314.27(B), which requires a listed floor box and matching faceplate be used instead:

(B) Floor Boxes. Boxes listed specifically for this application shall be used for receptacles located in the floor.

So, you need to make sure the box is listed and labeled as a floor box -- these will generally have a distinctive faceplate that has flip-open covers over the receptacles themselves.


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