Kitchen Planning Regulations

Updated April 17, 2017

If you are planning a new kitchen or remodelling your old kitchen, the National Kitchen and Bath Association indicates specific rules and regulations for kitchen design. Also local water boards have rules regarding plumbing. These regulations ensure that your kitchen will be fully functional and that it will also be a pleasant and safe environment.

Electrical Sockets

A certified electrician must check kitchen electric outlets for safety issues. A kitchen must include direct outlets for all the high energy appliances used for warming, toasting, cooking, refrigeration and freezing. You should also have extra outlets for smaller appliances such as blenders, mixers, coffee makers and TV. A certified electrician should put the front plates on your outlets after assuring their safety.

Counter Space

National Kitchen and Bath Association regulations are for safety and convenience when preparing food and cooking in your kitchen. A kitchen must have a landing area to place hot food when it is removed from the oven. A minimum space of 36 inches of continuous counter top space at least 16 inches deep is required for the cutting and mixing of food. This preparation centre should be next to a sink.

Kitchen Plumbing

The local water board regulates the water bylaws for kitchens. A kitchen must have a hot and cold water supply as well as a waste pipe for disposing of dirty water. Dishwashers should be attached with a U-bend pipe. Keep the plumbing route as simple as possible with as few connections as you can. If you are in doubt about how to plan the plumbing in your kitchen, check with a certified plumber.

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Ruth Kongaika began writing professionally in 2008. She has been working as a freelance writer for various websites, specializing in health, travel and technology. Kongaika works for the School of Education at Brigham Young University's Hawaii campus, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in art.