CPS ( Part P )

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What is Part P and what does it cover?

Approved document P of the Building Regulations (2013 edition) applies to low voltage electrical work in homes or gardens in England and in Wales.

The rules came into effect on 1st January 2005 and apply to all electrical work in dwellings.

Whether carried out professionally or by DIY, whether or not it is classed as “minor work”, and whether or not it is notifiable to a building control body.

The key issue concerns how to comply with its requirements. 

While the regulations require that all electrical work is undertaken safely.

Not all electrical work needs to be “notified” and registration in a competent person scheme (CPS) is not the only option for work that does not need to be notified.

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What is the significance of Notification?

Notification is the means by which a local authority’s Building Control Department is made aware of electrical work.

Evidence of compliant work is now being requested from local authorities in many cases when carrying out searches in support of a house sale.

Work does not have to be notified if it concerns:

  • Repairs, replacements and maintenance work;or
  • Extra power points or lighting points or other alterations to existing circuits (except in certain circumstances).

In such cases the work must still be carried out safely and must be subject to inspection and testing.

Where work does need to be notified, the process depends on the status of the contractor.

If the contractor carrying out the work is registered with a Competent Persons Scheme (CPS) this notification will be carried out by the contractor after completing the work.

If the work carried out is to be done by a contractor who is not CPS registered, then the Building Control Department must be told about the work before the work is started.

In this latter case the local authority will arrange and charge for suitable inspection.

What are Competent Persons Schemes (CPS)?

The office of the Deputy Prime Minister introduced the idea of Competent Persons Schemes in 2000.

Allowing skilled professionals to ‘self-certify’ their work.

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