Electricians carrying out work in England and Wales have to comply with Part P of the Building Regulations whereas in Scotland it is the Building Standards system. At the present time Northern Ireland has no equivalent statutory requirement.
Changes to Part P
In January 2012, the Government launched a public consultation on Part P of the Building Regulations for England. This consultation closed on 27th April and changes came into force in April 2013. Any amendments with a regulatory impact take effect in April 2014.
The main changes, introduced in April are:
- The range of electrical installation work that is notifiable (where there is a requirement to certify compliance with the Building Regulations) has been reduced, removing some work carried out in kitchens and outdoors.
- An installer who is not a registered competent person may use a registered third party to certify notifiable electrical installation work as an alternative to using a building control body.
We are particularly concerned with the government's preferred course of removing electrical work in kitchens and outdoors from the scope of Part P and continue to campaign for these areas to be retained as notifiable, due to the increased risks to householders.
Electrical Safety First recommends that you use a registered electrician for installation work in the home.