Part P

Part P – what is it and why is it important?

Part P refers to the section of the building regulations concerned with the design and installation of electrical installations.  Since January 2005, it has been a requirement for anyone carrying out electrical work in homes and gardens in England and Wales to follow rules defined in Part P. These rules protect you from unsafe electrical wiring and require certain electrical jobs to be notified to the local authority building control before work commences.  However, if you use a Part P Approved electrician, they will deal with all the rules for you.  You can be assured that their work has been assessed and they are qualified and competent to carry out your electrical work.

There are other benefits to using a Part P approved electrician though.

Last week I was approached by a customer who asked if we could sort out an electrical problem that had left unresolved by another electrician.  I’m not one for turning work away but by first response was to ask the customer what response they had from the electrician when they asked them to come back and sort the problem out.  They had not been able to get hold of the electrician so had given up in frustration.  The electrical work concerned was notifiable work so I asked if the customer had used a Part P approved electrician.   My reason for asking is that a Part P approved electrician will be registered with an approval organisation.  For example, Morgans Electrical is registered with ELECSA.  The approval bodies require members to have a complaints procedure in place and importantly, they must respond to complaints raised by putting right the issue.  As a consumer, if this approach does not work, the approval body will take up the matter on your behalf and ensure the issue is put right, if necessary using another competent electrician.  In this instance, armed with this knowledge the customer was able to resolve the issue with the original electrician.

It’s also worth noting that when you have notifiable work completed though a Part P approved electrician, you will receive a certificate confirming that the work completed complies with the Building Regulations.  This certificate is important if you want to sell your home as it provides proof that your electrical installation is safe and meets with current regulations.