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Kitchen GFCI receptacles installation requirement

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Joe Barcelo says:

“Those two or more electrical circuits supplying power to the kitchen GFCI receptacles (above the countertop) must also serve remaining kitchen open walls, pantry and dinning room receptacles.”
I disagree with your interpretation in kitchen receptacles post (specifically “must serve … dining room receptacles”).
My interpretation is that:
(1) the dining room must be served by at least two small appliance circuits (20 amp circuits),
(2) these circuits must not be used for any other purpose (e.g., hallway outlet) except that they may be shared with kitchen’s small appliance circuit,
(3) there is no requirement that they be shared.
Because dining room outlets must now (subsequent to 2008 code adoption) be AFCI-protected, they should probably be stand-alone circuits (not shared with kitchen small appliance circuits). At least that is how I implement them.
asked in GFCI / AFCI by darekrudy (21,730 points)
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Hi Joe,
Thanks for a comment. That’s the thing with codes, they should attach an interpretation to each one of them so there’s only one interpretation. Well, this is the paragraph so everyone can take a shot at it:
210.52 (B) Small Appliances.
(1) Receptacle Outlets Served. In the kitchen, pantry, breakfast room, dining room, or similar area of a dwelling unit, the two or more 20-ampere small-appliance branch circuits required by 210.11(C)(1) shall serve all wall and floor receptacle outlets covered by 210.52(A), all countertop outlets covered by 210.52(C), and receptacle outlets for refrigeration equipment.
Exception No. 1: In addition to the required receptacles specified by 210.52, switched receptacles supplied from a general-purpose branch circuit is defined in 210.70(A)(1), Exception No. 1, shall be permitted.
Exception No. 2: The receptacle outlet for refrigeration equipment shall be permitted to be supplied from an individual branch circuit rated 15 amperes or greater.
(2) No Other Outlets. 
The two or more small-appliance branch circuits specified in 210.52(B)(1) shall have no other outlets.
Exception No. 1: A receptacle installed solely for the electrical supply to and support of an electric clock in any of the rooms specified in 210.52(B)(1).
Exception No. 2: Receptacles installed to provide power for supplemental equipment and lighting on gas-fired ranges, ovens, or counter-mounted cooking units.
(3) Kitchen Receptacle Requirements. Receptacles installed in a kitchen to serve countertop surfaces shall be supplied by not fewer than two small-appliance branch circuits, either or both of which shall also be permitted to supply receptacle outlets in the same kitchen and in other rooms specified in 210.52(B)(1). Additional small appliance branch circuits shall be permitted to supply receptacle outlets in the kitchen and other rooms specified in 210.52(B)(1). No small-appliance branch circuit shall serve more than one kitchen .
answered by darekrudy (21,730 points)