FILE - Part "P" Building Regulations (Electrical Safety in Dwellings)
1 January 2005, people carrying out electrical work in homes and gardens in England
and Wales will have to follow the new rules in the Building Regulations. These
apply to all properties either let as holiday rentals, long term lettings or owner
occupied (not let). The rules are set out in Part P Building Regulations (Electrical
Safety in Dwellings). Failure to comply with these Regulations is a criminal
offence, which could result in a maximum fine of £5,000 and or imprisonment.
Why has the Government
introduced the new rules? To reduce
the number of deaths, injuries and fires caused by faulty electrical installations
and to make it harder for 'cowboy builders' to leave electrical installations
in an unsafe condition.
In very general terms these regulations require that works, repairs, maintenance
etc., on "electrical installations", in certain areas of a property, are
now known as "notifiable" works and as such must only be carried out by
a "competent person".
is a "Competent Person"? Someone who is currently registered
with an approved self-certification scheme, which monitors and
regulates his or her activities, competence etc.
The competent person can "self-certify" the relevant works and he (or she)
then has a responsibility to provide the customer and the local authority building
control department with a copy Certificate relating to the notifiable works. If
your property is let out then you will need to maintain a copy of any such certificate
in their management files for possible future reference.
Someone who is not a "competent person" could still do the works as long
as they seek appropriate approval from their local authority Building Control
department, before and after the works are carried out. In most cases an officer
from the department will wish to visit the property and inspect the works and
may require the applicant to submit suitable drawings or schematics.
does an "Electrical Installation" mean? Fixed electrical cables or fixed electrical
equipment located on the consumer's side of the electricity supply meter in a
dwelling or in the common parts of a building serving one or more dwellings; and
that includes sheds, garages and greenhouses.
notifiable works: Although you should take guidance from the Building Control
department generally these would include repairs, replacements and maintenance;
and additions or alterations to existing circuits outside kitchens and bathrooms:
Replacing power sockets (white laminate with chrome for example), replacing a
damaged power cable, replacing a light switch or ceiling rose, adding lighting
points, sockets and fused spurs to existing circuits as long as they are not in
a special location or special installation.
Locations / installations: Kitchen - bathroom/shower room, garden lighting
and swimming pools.
When the Notifiable work is carried out Will I get a certificate that the electrical
work meets the requirements of the Building Regulations? Yes - a qualified
installer should give you a signed BS 7671 electrical safety certificate for all
types of electrical work. If you use a registered installer for notifiable work,
the operator of the registration scheme will send you a Building Regulations compliance
certificate. If you use an unregistered installer for notifiable work, the Building
Control Service will inspect the work to check that it complies with the Building
Regulations before issuing a completion certificate.
What will happen if the owner does not follow the Building Regulations?
electrical installation might not be safe.
will have no record of the work done.
may have difficulty selling your home if you do not have the right electrical
Your local authority's Building Control Department may insist that you put right
Where can I get more information? From your local authority's Building
Control Department who publish a free 'Explanatory Booklet on the Building Regulations'.
Or visit www.odpm.gov.uk/explanatory-booklet for a copy N.B.
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