NEW RULES FOR ELECTRICAL SAFETY IN THE HOME (Part "P")
When did the new rules start?
- From 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.
Why have the new rules been introduced?
- To reduce the number of deaths, injuries and fires caused by faulty electrical installations.
- To make it harder for ‘cowboy builders' to leave electrical installations in an unsafe
What will happen if I do not follow the Building Regulations?
- The electrical installation might not be safe.
- You will have no record of the work done.
- You 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?
You do not need to tell your local authority's Building Control Department about:
- Repairs, replacements and maintenance work; or
- extra power points or lighting points or other alterations to existing circuits (except
in a kitchen or bathroom, or outdoors, or installed on a new circuit).
You need to tell them about most other work.
If you are not sure about this, or you have any questions, ask your local authority's
Building Control Department.
Why should I use an installer who is registered with a competent person scheme?
- Members of schemes can deal with all the new rules for you.
- Members are qualified to carry out electrical work.
- Members will give you a certificate to confirm their work follows the new rules.
- You will not have to pay Building Control charges.
- You will have the option of taking out an insurance-backed guarantee for the work.
- You will have access to a formal complaints procedure if you are not happy with the
As a Part P registered installer we promote and support Part P