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 2016 California Electrical Code and the 2016 California Energy Efficiency Standards:

General Lighting Requirements (CEES 150.0(k) and CEC 410.16)
  • All installed lighting shall be high-efficiency.
  • All light fixtures shall contain bulbs that are labeled as JA8-2016 (JA8-2016-E for sealed lens or recessed fixture). Screw base bulbs are permitted, except in recessed lighting fixtures.
  • Recessed lighting shall be listed as IC (zero clearance to insulation) and AT (air tight), be sealed/caulked between the fixture housing and ceiling, shall not contain a screw base socket, and contain bulbs marked with JA8-2016-E efficiency label.
  • Newly installed lighting in bathrooms, garages, utility rooms, and laundry rooms shall have at least one fixtures controlled by a vacancy sensor switch that requires a manual on activation (does not automatically turn on) and automatically turns off within 30 minutes after the room is vacated.
  • Dimmers or vacancy sensors shall control all installed lighting fixtures with JA8-2016 bulbs, except those in a closet that is less than 70 square feet and in hallways.
  • Closet lights shall be fluorescent, have a sealed lens, or LED listed for storage area.
Interior Light Switching Devices and Controls(CEES 150.0(k))
  • In bathrooms, garages, laundry rooms, and utility rooms, at least one light fixture shall be controlled by a vacancy sensor.
  • Dimmers or vacancy sensor shall control all fixtures with JA8-2016 compliant light bulbs
         Except: lighting fixtures in closets less than 70 square feet and light fixtures in hallways.
Additional Kitchen Lighting Requirements(CEES 150.0(k))
  • All lighting fixtures shall be controlled by either a dimmer switch or by a vacancy sensor switch that requires a manual on activation (does not automatically turn on) and automatically turns off within 30 minutes after the room is vacated.
Additional Bathroom Lighting Requirements(CEES 150.0(k) and CEC 410.10)
  • At least one light fixture shall be controlled by a vacancy sensor switch that requires a manual on activation (does not automatically turn on) and automatically turns off within 30 minutes after the room is vacated. All other light fixtures shall be controlled by a vacancy sensor or dimmer.
  • 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.
Additional Exterior Lighting Requirements(Sunnyvale Municipal Code, CEC 210.8 and 406.9, CEES 150.0(k))
  • Exterior lighting shall be shielded to prevent glare or direct illumination on public streets or adjacent properties.
  • Outdoor lighting shall be approved for exterior locations.
  • Outdoor lighting fixtures shall be controlled in one of the following manners:
    • With a manual ON and OFF switch as well as a photocell and motion sensor.
    • Photocontrol and automatic time switch control.
    • Astronomical time clock.
    • Energy management system.
General Receptacle Requirements(CEC 210.8, 210.12, 406.12)
  • New lighting or receptacles added may not overload existing circuits.
  • Receptacles installed in the following locations must be GFCI protected: exterior, garage, bathrooms, above the kitchen countertop, within six feet of a sink, and laundry areas.
  • New outlets (including receptacles, switches, lighting, and hard-wired smoke detectors) installed in kitchens, family rooms, dining rooms, living rooms, parlors, libraries, dens, bedrooms, closets, hallways, or laundry areas shall be AFCI protected.
  • All new receptacles shall be tamper-resistant (TR).
Additional Kitchen Receptacle Requirements(CEC 210.8, 210.12, 210.23, 210.52, 406.12)
Receptacles shall meet all of the following requirements:
  • GFCI protection shall be provided for all countertop receptacles, receptacles within 6 feet of a sink (including below counter and behind an appliance), and for receptacles supplying dishwashers. The reset button for GFCI receptacles shall be installed in an accessible location (i.e. not behind an appliance).
  • All outlets and devices (i.e. receptacles, lighting, hoods, etc.) shall be AFCI protected and tamper-resistant (TR).
  • Electric stoves and ovens shall be supplied with a 40- or 50- amp branch circuit.
Additional Bathroom Receptacle Requirements(CEC 210.8, 210.11, 406.12)
  • All receptacles shall be GFCI protected and tamper-resistant (TR). If any new/additional outlets are installed, the bathroom shall have a dedicated 20-amp circuit.
Additional Exterior Receptacle Requirements(CEC 210.8 and 406.8)
  • Any new exterior electrical receptacles installed must be GFCI protected, water resistant, and in a waterproof enclosure.

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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