Changes to Part P – April 2013

In a previous blog, I mentioned that there would be some changes to Part P in April.  Just to clarify first of all, Part P of the building regulations covers electrical installations in residential properties:

  • houses and flats
  • communal areas of blocks of flats
  • external areas of the above inc garages and outbuilding, garden ponds,etc
  • business premises which share the same meter as residential flats

Part P does not apply to business premises with separate metering to a dwelling.

Part P requires that all electrical installation work complies to the standard set out in the Building Regulations. It also requires certain works to electrical installations to be notified to the local authority and it’s the type of work that needs to be notified that has been amended:

  • installation of a new circuit (e.g. when having an extension)
  • installation of a new consumer unit
  • addition or alteration to a circuit in a special location (bathroom, shower room, sauna, swimming pool)

So additions, alterations, repairs or replacement of existing wiring, not in a special location, is no longer notifiable.

However, this does not mean that non-notifiable work can just be completed by anyone!  It is still a legal requirement that all electrical installation work is carried out by a competent person in compliance with Part P of the Building Regulations.  The best way to achieve this is to use a qualified electrician who is a member of a competent person scheme such as ELECSA.

If we can help with any of your home improvement projects, please give us a call on 01525 213103 to arrange  free estimate.