Part P of the Building Regulations
There is much confusion surrounding Part P. You may have heard this term before- maybe from a neighbour, friend or even a previous electrician. It refers to Part P of the Building Regulations, and was introduced as a safety measure to protect homeowners from the dangers of sub-standard workmanship.
Part P explained...
Since 2005, all electrical work in dwellings in England and Wales, whether carried out professionally or as DIY, must meet the requirements of Part P of the Building Regulations.
Part P applies to new domestic properties, as well as any alterations or additions to electrical installations in existing properties, including full or partial rewires.
By law, the homeowner or landlord must be able to prove that all electrical installation work on their property meets the requirements of Part P, or they will be committing a criminal offence, and the work may also be removed.
To comply with Part P, certain types of electrical work in the home needs to be notified to your local Building Control Authority. The list of notifiable works differs for England and Wales.
Which Part P electrical work is "notifiable"?
For England, notifiable work is any electrical work which includes any of the following:
- The installation of a new circuit
- The replacement of a consumer unit
- Any addition or alteration to existing circuits in a special location
When electrical work described above is required, you must either tell your local-authority building-control before work starts, or employ an electrician who is registered with one of the Government- approved Part P schemes (NAPIT etc).
Once the work has been completed, Building Control will issue a Compliance Certificate to the homeowner. This document is very important and can be requested by mortgage companies, solicitors etc.
Advantages of using a Part P electrician...
There are many advantages of choosing us as your Part P electrician:
- you will not have to pay any building-control charges;
- we can deal with everything for you;
- we will arrange for you to receive a certificate that confirms the work meets Building Regulations;
- you have to access to a formal complaints procedure if the work doesn't meet Building Regulations; and
- you can choose to take out an insurance-backed guarantee when you have the work done, and you can make a claim if the work is later found not to meet Building Regulations