Source: City of Beaverton, Oregon Building Division
- Kitchen countertop receptacles are GFCI protected and are electrically supplied by a minimum of two 20 amp small appliance branch circuits.
- These two circuits shall also supply wall and floor receptacle outlets in the pantry, breakfast room, dining room, or similar areas as well as refrigeration equipment. Exceptions include switched receptacles from general purpose branch circuits, additional branch circuits for refrigeration equipment, receptacle outlets for electric clocks in these rooms, and receptacle outlets for supplemental equipment and lighting on gasfired ranges, ovens, or counter-mounted cooking units.
- Wall counter spaces that are 12 inches and wider shall be served by receptacle outlets
- No point along the wall line shall be more than 24 inches, measured horizontally, from a receptacle outlet in that space. Receptacle outlets are not required behind a sink or range unless specific conditions occur.
- Countertop spaces separated by refrigerators, ranges, and sinks are considered separate
spaces, and when the space is at least 12 inches wide, the spacing requirements mentioned
above shall apply. See Figure 2.
- Peninsular counter spaces shall be served by at least one receptacle outlet when the short
dimension of the peninsula is at least 12 inches and the long dimension, measured from the
connecting edge, is at least 24 inches. See Figure 1 above.
- Island counter spaces shall be served by at least one receptacle outlet when the short
dimension is at least 12 inches and the long dimension is at least 24 inches.
- If the counter space behind an installed range top or sink is less than 12 inches, the range top or sink is considered to divide the island into two separate countertop spaces and a receptacle outlet is required at each end of the island.
- If the countertop space behind the range top or sink is greater than 12 inches, then only one receptacle is required to serve that island. See Figure 1 above.
- Receptacle outlets shall be located above a countertop space by not more than 20 inches.
- An exception allows receptacles to be mounted below the countertop not more than 12 inches beneath the surface with a maximum inset from the countertop edge to the support base of 6inches. See Figure 3.