How High Should A Bathroom Gfci Be?


A GFCI outlet, to remain accessible, should sit within about 15 to 48 inches from the floor. If the outlet is located over an obstruction such as a cabinet, the outlet should sit lower to keep it accessible to someone who is disabled or of shorter stature.


Residential building codes do not specify a bathroom GFCI outlet must sit at a certain height. The general requirement is the outlet must be within 36 inches of water basins. An outlet should sit at each basin, or sometimes the code may specify one outlet can serve two basins if it’s located between the two basins.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How tall should bathroom outlets be above the faucet?

You can install them where ever they look good to you, but try to keep them as far left or right of the faucet as practicable. Of course, all bathroom outlets must be GFCI protected. According to NEC receptacles should be less than 18" (I think) above the counter, but this might only apply in kitchens (I don't remember).

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