Q. Can I connect a range hood in a dwelling unit kitchen to the small appliance circuit?

A. No. The 20A, 120V small-appliance circuit is only permitted to supply the receptacle outlets as per 210.52(B) [210.11(C)(1)]. However, range hoods can be hardwired to a 15A or 20A, 120V circuit, unless the instructions state otherwise. Cord-and-plug connected range hoods must be supplied by an individual 15A or 20A, 120V branch circuit in accordance with the equipment instructions [422.16(B)(4)(5)].