Part P is a new part of the Building Regulations which has been introduced by government and affects all electrical work carried out in dwellings.
People carrying out electrical work in homes and gardens in England and Wales should follow the rules set out in Part P of the Building Regulations to ensure that they are complying with the law. These rules are designed to ensure that electrical work is safe.
Part P applies to all electrical installation work carried out in dwellings. However, you do not need to tell your local authority's Building Control Department about:
• repairs and maintenance work or
• extra power points or lighting points or other alterations to existing circuits (except in specially defined areas such as a kitchen, bathroom or outdoors)
If you are carrying out notifiable work on your property you can either:
Use an electrician/contractor that is a member of the ‘Competent Persons Scheme’ – the electrician/contractor should ensure that all the electrical work is designed, installed, inspected and tested in accordance with BS7671.
Make a Building Regulation application. The Local Authority is required to engage the services of a Competent Person’ to inspect and certify the electrical installation is in accordance with BS7671.
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