Fixed electrical installation work must meet building regulations to ensure that they are safe. Part P states that anyone carrying out electrical installation work in a home must ensure that the work is designed and installed to protect occupants from fire and electrocution.
What is Part P?
Building Regulations Part P is designed to ensure electrical work carried out in homes is safe. Part P is aimed at protecting home occupants, and requires electrical work to be installed in a manner that will prevent fire and electric shock.
Electricians that carry out work within England and Wales must comply with Part P Building Regulations. Electricians in Scotland must comply with Building Standards, whilst Northern Ireland currently don’t have a requirement.
You can find out more about Part B building regulations on the Ministry or Housing, Communities and Local Government website.
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Part P Certificate
After completing electrical installations or repairs, your electrician will provide a Part P certificate that certifies the work has been completed to the correct standards. Part P certificates are used for residential buildings, and ensure that electric installations are carried in a manner that will help protect people from fire and electric shock.
Electrical Installation Safety at Home
Electrical installation work must only be carried out by people who are qualified, have the knowledge and skill to avoid endangering themselves or others. It is strongly recommended to always use a registered electrician, who will provide an electrical safety certificate after the work is complete. You can use our tool above to find Building Regulation compliant electricians near you.
Before starting starting any electrical installations at home, you must either:
- Tell your local building control authority about the installation
- Use a registered and Part P approved electrician
The faster and cheaper option is often to use a registered electrician. This way you will not have to pay building control charges and the electrician will take care of your certificates and installation for you.
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Part P Building Regulations
All electrical installation work within a home or garden (including outbuildings and conservatories) must meet Part P Building Regulations.
Apart from some minor repairs and installations, all electrical work must be either be reported to the local authority or be carried out by an electrician who is registered with one of the Government approved providers.
Legally, it is the responsibility of the homeowner or landlord to ensure that all electrical installations meet Part P Building Regulations. Failing to do so can be a criminal offence, and local authorities can enforce the removal or repair of installations that do not comply with Building Regulations.