Clearances from open cooking surfaces

Our Technical Team have received a number of calls regarding clearances from open cooking surfaces.

It is prohibited to locate any socket outlets and switches on any wall, cupboard or other surface within 150mm of the edge of any open gas or electric cooker, extending from the top of the cooker to a range hood, cupboard or ceiling directly above the cooking surface, or to 2.5m above the floor (whichever is the lower). . 

This is defined in AS/NZS 3000:2018 clause 4.7.3 and shown in figure 4.17 below.