Q)What is ‘Part P’?A)
This refers to Part P of the BuildingRegulations 2000. These are statutoryrequirements that apply to building work inEngland and Wales. Part P gives legallyenforceable rules relating to electrical safety inhouses and flats (referred to in the regulationsas ‘dwellings’). The various other Parts of theBuilding Regulations give legal requirementsrelating to structure, fire safety etc.
Q)What work has to comply with Part P?A)
Since 1 January 2005,
electricalinstallation work carried in houses and flats inEngland and Wales must comply with theBuilding Regulations.
Q)Why have the new rules beenintroduced?A)
To help reduce the number of deaths,injuries and fires caused by faulty electricalinstallations and to make it harder for‘cowboy builders’ to leave electricalinstallations in an unsafe condition.
Q)If I want some electrical work carriedout, do I have to tell my local authority’sBuilding Control Department before thework starts?A)
The diagram below sets out the options forconsumers.
Q)What will happen if electrical workdoes
comply with the BuildingRegulations?A)
The electrical installation might
besafe. Also:•the local authority may insist that you havefaulty work put right•without the relevant electrical safety andcompliance certificates, you may havedifficulty in selling your home.
Q)How can I find a registered installer tocarry out my electrical installation work?A)
Visit the websites of the approved scheme
QUESTIONS FREQUENTLY ASKED BY CONSUMERSABOUT PART P