Pop Up Outlet Countertop Requirements to Meet NEC Code 406.5E

Kitchen Island Countertop Pop Up Outlets Code

If you are thinking about installing a pop up outlet in your countertop, make sure that the pop up you are purchasing will pass code for installation in countertops. There are specific requirements that the product must meet in the USA and Canada.

The entire unit (not just the outlet) must be UL or ETL listed as a pop-up assembly

The pop up outlet needs to have the UL or ETL listing on the unit. If you were to look up that listing number, you would need to see that the listing state that it is for a pop-up assembly. This means that the unit as a whole, has been approved. Sometimes you will see pop ups that state that they are UL listed, but it is actually just the outlet they are referencing.

Tamper proof plugs

The plugs in the outlet need to be tamper resistant to pass code. This ensures that no objects can enter the sockets and cause electrocution, designed specifically to protect children. 

Must pass UL’s countertop spill test requirement


NEC has designed a series of spill tests that allow the pop up to meet either 2014, 2017, 2020, and 2023 NEC Code 406.5E. The 2014 version must pass an 8oz spill test, the 2017, 2020, and 2023 version must pass a ½ gallon spill test. The pop up must pass one of the below UL spill tests to be certified. *Check with your electrician to see what requirements are needed to meet your state and local code. 

2017, 2020 NEC Code 406.5E

-UL 111
-UL 498 (Requirement for 2023)
-UL 943

2014 NEC Code 406.5E

-UL 962
-UL 962A
-UL 1286
-UL 1363

The pop up needs to be GFCI protected

If the pop up is hardwired and does not have a GFI outlet, it needs to be connected to a GFCI circuit.  This is typically done by tapping off of a GFI outlet, or installing a GFI switch in the panel that protects everything on that line.

New 2023 NEC code requirements

NEC code for 2023 states that outlets can't be placed on the side of islands anymore and has put strict requirements on pop up outlets. The pop up has to be UL 498 approved and pass several tests including; one half gallon spill test, endurance test, mechanical load test, dielectric voltage test, and temperature tests. Code also states that pop ups can't have a cord and must be hardwired. 

If installing in Canada there are two additional requirements that need to be met

1.You are required to have a 20A outlet in the pop up

2.The unit needs to be c-UL or c-ETL listed, as well as CSA approved.

Check your local code before ordering
Code for countertop outlet enforcement varies from state to state, and even down to the county they are being installed in. As always, we recommend consulting with your local inspector and electrician to see what is required of your specific kitchen before remodeling, or building your new home.

Purchase a pop up approved for countertops
At KitchenPowerPopUps.com, we only sell pop up power outlets that are approved for use in countertops and wet locations in the USA and Canada. They meet all required codes for USA installations, and cUL and CSA approved for Canadian installations. They can be installed in wood, granite, marble, quartz, or any stone surface.

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