CHENNAI : Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has clarified that a consulting room attached to a residence will attract commercial tariff if its size is more than 200 square feet. Commercial tariff is much more than domestic tariff.
Professionals like advocates, doctors, engineers, chartered accountants and others have small rooms attached to their residence. Some have a separate meter for the consulting room. In most of the cases, the rooms are part of the residence and only domestic tariff is charged.
In case of consulting rooms attached to a house, the substantial use of electricity would be for domestic use. In case of consulting rooms not attached to the residence of professionals, power is used for non-domestic purposes, according to TNERC.
The clarification has been issued based on a directive from the Madras high court.
Source : timesofindia