What is Part P of the Building Regulations ?
Since 2005, all electrical work in dwellings in England and Wales whether carried out professionally or as DIY, and whether or not the work is notifiable to a building control body must meet the requirements of Part P of the building regulations. In April 2013 the requirements for England were amended .
Compliance with Part P is intended to keep you and your family as safe as possible from electrical hazards.
The requirements of Part P apply to new dwellings and to any alterations or additions to the electrical installations of existing dwellings, including full or partial rewires.
Part P states that anyone carrying out electrical work in a dwelling must ensure that reasonable provision has been made in the design and installation of the electrical installations in order to protect any persons who may use, maintain or alter the electrical installation of that dwelling from Fire and Injury, including Electric Shock.
Who is responsible for making sure that electrical work in your home meets the requirements of Part P ?
By law, the homeowner or landlord must be able to prove that all electrical installation work meets Part P, or they will be committing a criminal offence.
Local authorities have the power to make homeowners or landlords remove or alter any work that does not meet the requirements of the Building Regulations.
What Electrical work is notifiable ?
From April 2013 electrical work in a dwelling, or associated with its surroundings, is notifiable to a local building control body where the work includes:
- The Installation of a new circuit, whether at low voltage (typically 230v) or Extra Low Voltage
- The replacement of a consumer unit (fusebox)
- Any alteration or addition to an existing circuit in a Special Location*, whether at low voltage (typically 230v) or Extra Low Voltage
- * A Special Location is a room containing a shower or bath swimming pool or sauna heater.
- An alteration or addition to an existing circuit in a room containing a bath or shower is notifiable only where carried out in the space surrounding a bath or shower
- An alteration or addition anywhere in a room containing a swimming pool or sauna heater is notifiable.