Q) What is ‘Part P’? A) This refers to Part P of the Building Regulations 2000. These are statutory requirements that apply to building work in England and Wales. Part P gives legally enforceable rules relating to electrical safety in houses and flats (referred to in the regulations as ‘dwellings’). The various other Parts of the Building Regulations give legal requirements relating to structure, fire safety etc.
Q) What work has to comply with Part P? A) Since 1 January 2005, all electrical installation work carried in houses and flats in England and Wales must comply with the Building Regulations.
Q) Why have the new rules been introduced? A) To help 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.
Q) If I want some electrical work carried out, do I have to tell my local authority’s Building Control Department before the work starts? A) The diagram below sets out the options for consumers.
- the local authority may insist that you have faulty work put right
- without the relevant electrical safety and compliance certificates, you may have difficulty in selling your home.
Q) Where can I find out more about Part P? A) Amongst other places, further details including leaflets can be found on the government website www.communities.gov.uk (more precisely - the Part P of the Building Regulations), and on the Electrical Safety Council’s website www.electricalsafetycouncil.org.uk. Also, on our website you can find out more information about the Part P of the Building Regulations.