I am remodeling our 1/2 bath and about to mount a floating sink/vanity. There is an existing power outlet on the side wall, that is in the way and that is about 10” from the floor (measured to the bottom of the receptacle). Would it be to the code (KY, USA) if I moved the outlet down a bit where it is 6” above floor, just clearing a 5.5” tall baseboard? This is the only putlet in this bathroom, and its circuit is already GFCI-ed in another bathroom.

Edit: added photo for better illustration of the two options I am considering.enter image description here

  • Keep in mind that if it's not already GFCI, you'll probably have to change it to a GFCI outlet to meet current code. Since you're modifying, I believe that means anything you touch is no longer grandfathered in.
    – FreeMan
    Aug 1, 2020 at 20:14
  • Is there already an outlet serving that vanity/sink area at countertop level? Aug 1, 2020 at 20:17
  • @FreeMan so that circuit is already GFCI-ed in another bathroom. I am thinking of opening up the wall and see, if I have enough slack I will move it toward the front of the cabinet, if not, anyone can comment on the “moving outlet lower” question? Thanks.
    – David
    Aug 1, 2020 at 20:52
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    @ThreePhaseEel, no, there is only one near floor.
    – David
    Aug 1, 2020 at 20:52
  • Have you considered making your switching box a 3 gang and putting a receptacle there? You can use the existing j-box as a blank face junction and run new wire up. (It just seems like both low options would be bothersome in use.) Aug 1, 2020 at 23:29

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A receptacle not serving the basin has no height requirement in a dwelling unit, but...

2017 NEC 210.52(D)Bathrooms. At least one receptacle shall be installed in bathrooms within 3 ft of the outside edge of each basin...In no case ...be located more than 12 in. below the top of the basin.

I don't have record of when this was adopted but it isn't highlighted grey in the codebook, so it has been in there since 2014 at least.

I think it may have been possible if the switches are within 3' that there was a receptacle and switch, the switch fed both the light and fan but somebody removed the receptacle to have space to put a timer on the fan. If it is only one circuit in that switchbox and it feeds receptacles outside of this bathroom it wouldn't meet current code. I don't know what the code said when built but modifications are required to meet current code.

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