NOTE: This legislation does not apply in Scotland

Part P of the Building Regulations states that any electrical installations must be carried out by a competent person. This is in line with the competency expected from gas installers and goes far beyond just knowing which colour wires do what.

Competency, in this case, will mean a full, qualified knowledge of electrical installations. It will mean you have the ability to thoroughly check a circuit for safety and you will be able to issue a minor works certificate as a self certified "competent person".

Electricity kills and injures many people every year. A great many of these people are dead or injured because they tried installations which they did not understand. The Government is also intending, it is believed, to introduce a scheme whereby domestic installations are checked at regular periods to make sure they comply, and also when a house is sold or purchased.

This would mean of course that if you had an installation which was not correctly certified, your house insurance may not be valid.

Please get any installations you have done checked by a qualified electrician and stay safe. More about part P can be found at the following link.

http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/buildingregulations/approveddocuments/partp/

 

Checklist for work controlled under Part P of the Building Regulations


Work type

Notification required?

Areas outside of bathroom, shower room and kitchen

Notification required?
Within a bathroom, shower room or kitchen (special location)

New installation or complete rewire

Yes

Yes

Consumer unit change

Yes

Yes

Installation of a new shower circuit

Yes

Yes

Installation of an additional socket

No

Yes

Installation of an additional light

No

Yes

Addition of fused connection unit to ring final circuit

No

Yes

Installation of a new cooker circuit

Yes

Yes

Connection of a cooker to an existing connection unit

No

No

Installation or upgrade of main or supplementary equipotential bonding

No

Yes

Replacing damaged cable for a single circuit

No

No

Replacing damaged socket outlet

No

No

Replacing light fitting

No

No

Installation or fitting a storage heater, including final circuit

Yes

Yes

Fitting and final connection of a storage heater

No

No

Installation of extra low voltage lighting (not CE market sets)

Yes

Yes

Taking a new supply to a garden shed

Yes

N/A

Installation of a socket in a garden shed

Yes

N/A

Installation of a light fitting in a greenhouse

Yes

N/A

Installation of a pond pump, including supply

Yes

N/A

Installation of a hot air sauna

Yes

Yes

Installation of a solar photovoltaic power supply

Yes

Yes

Installation of ceiling or floor heating

Yes

Yes

Installation of a small scale generator

Yes

Yes