Asked on Apr 16, 2012

Hot Tub Wiring

Midlantic Contracting LLC / Midlantic Electric IncLandlightSScott W


I am installing a hot tub in the back yard and have the GFI breaker panel for mounting on the outside of the house. I believe that the panel must be at least 5 feet from the tub but is there a maximum distance? Right now I look to be 51 or 52 feet from the tub to the panel on the house and want to make sure that this is not too far.
4 answers
  • Brighten Electric, Inc.
    on Apr 17, 2012

    Within 50 foot and it must be line of site. Line of site is being able to see any part of the tub from the disconnect. The five foot rule is from waters edge not the edge of the tub. Also keep in mind I don't know if you have any local codes that may change these national rules.

  • Scott W
    on Apr 17, 2012

    Thanks somuch for the reply. Our local Inspector is usually overwhelmed and I hate to bother him with questions like this one. I'll keep this within 50' when I submit for the permit. Thanks again!

  • LandlightS
    on Apr 17, 2012

    I would strongly suggest you check with the local authorities. New Jersey is far more strict. I'm sure you will get proper "local" code info when you apply for the permit ( prior to start of the work )

  • As of May 7th, 2012 New Jersey has adopted the 2011 NEC. New rules now apply. Make sure your electrician, or you as the case may be, are up to date with the new requirements. Bonding, conduit and feeder requirements.

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