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Lighting, Switches or Receptacles Permit Requirements
The on-line permit is available for properties in Sunnyvale with a residential zoning district. Zoning district information is available on-line by clicking on E-Zoning.

This permit will allow new lighting switches or receptacles to be installed. The following are the minimum requirements that must be met based on the 2013 California Electrical Code and the 2008 California Energy Standards:

General Requirements
  • New lighting or receptacles added may not overload existing circuits.
  • Receptacles installed in the following locations must be GFCI protected: exterior, garage, bathrooms, and above the kitchen countertop. (2010 CEC 210.12)
  • New outlets (including receptacles, switches, lighting, and hard-wired smoke detectors) in bedrooms must be on circuits protected with a combination arc-fault breaker. (2010 CEC 210.12)
  • All new outlets (receptacles, switches, lighting, etc.) in the family, dining, living, bedrooms, hallways, etc. shall be on circuits protected with a combination arc-fault circuit interrupter (CEC 210.12)
  • All new receptacles shall be tamper-resistant (TR). (CEC 406.11)
  • Closet lights shall be fluorescent, have a sealed lens, or LED listed for storage area. (CEC 410.16)
  • Newly installed lighting in bedrooms, family room, living rooms, hallways, dining rooms, etc. shall be high efficiency fixtures (e.g. fluorescent), or all switches shall be dimmer switches, or be controlled with an occupant sensor with controls that do not allow the fixtures to be automatically turned on or allow the fixture to be always on. (2008 CA Title 24 Section 150)
  • Recessed lighting fixtures shall be rated as air-tight (AT) and, when installed in an insulated ceiling shall have an approved zero clearance insulation cover (IC). (2008 CA Title 24 Section 150)
Kitchen Lighting

A minimum of 50% of the total rated lighting wattage (based on the maximum allowed for each fixture) shall be high efficiency fixtures (e.g. fluorescent). The following table defines the requirements for high efficiency lighting:
       
HIGH EFFICIENCY LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS
Lamp Power Rating Minimum Lamp Efficiency
15 watts or less 40 lumens per watt
over 15 watts to 40 watts 50 lumens per watt
over 40 watts 60 lumens per watt

The table below shall be completed and provided to the building inspector at the rough electrical inspection to verify the lighting efficiency standards are met:

Bathroom Lighting
  • Lighting fixtures located within 3 feet horizontally and 8 feet vertically of the bathtub rim or shower stall threshold shall be listed for a damp location, or listed for wet locations where subject to shower spray. (CEC 410.10)
  • If adding or replacing lighting in a bathroom, lighting shall be high efficiency fixtures (e.g. fluorescent) or be controlled with an occupant sensor with controls that do not allow the fixtures to be manually turned on or allow the fixture to be always on. The following table defines the requirements for high efficacy lighting (2008 CA Title 24 Section 150):
           
    HIGH EFFICIENCY LAMP REQUIREMENTS
    Lamp Power Rating Minimum Lamp Efficiency
    15 watts or less 40 lumens per watt
    over 15 watts to 40 watts 50 lumens per watt
    over 40 watts 60 lumens per watt
Exterior Lighting and Receptacles
  • Exterior lighting shall be shielded to prevent glare or direct illumination on public streets or adjacent properties. (Sunnyvale Municipal Code)Any new exterior electrical receptacles installed must be GFCI protected and in a waterproof enclosure. (CEC 210.8 and 406.8)
  • Outdoor lighting shall be approved for exterior locations and when permanently mounted to the building shall be high efficiency fixtures (e.g. fluorescent) or controlled by a motion sensor with integral photocontrol. (2008 CA Title 24 Section 150)
Inspections
  • Two inspections are required. The rough inspection should be scheduled when the new fixtures are located, but before power is supplied to them. The final inspection should be scheduled after all the work is complete.
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