Is a registered electrician meant to visit the property before work is started?

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If you are planning electrical work in the home, you should always get the electrician to inspect the property before starting work

Answered by Sarah, Electrical Safety Expert

If you are planning electrical work in the home, you should always get the electrician to inspect the property before starting work. It is not a legal requirement that it should be inspected by a registered electrician, but we would always advice using one, whatever the job.

Electrical work that is covered by Part P of the Building Regulations must either be carried out by an electrician registered with a government-approved scheme, or reported to the Local Authority building control before the work begins. 

However, we recommend that you use a registered electrician for any work in the home as:

  • They're regulated by the UK and/or Scottish Governments
  • They work to the BS7671 safety standard
  • Their work is regularly assessed
  • They're insured, so you're protected

Once the work is completed the electrician will issue you with an Electrical Installation Certificate or Minor Work Certificate that confirms that the work meets BS 7671.

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