Part P has two requirements to fulfill:
Design, installation, inspection and testing of electrical installations – Reasonable provision shall be made in the design, installation, and inspection and testing of electrical installations in order to protect persons from fire or injury.
Provision of information – Sufficient information shall be provided so that persons wishing to operate, maintain or alter an electrical installation can do so with reasonable safety.
Locations that are covered by the Part P legislation are:
> Dwelling houses and flats
> Common access areas within a block of flats, e.g. stairs or hallways but not lifts
> Shared areas within a block of flats, e.g. laundry room
> Buildings that share a supply with a dwelling, e.g. a shop with a flat above
> Kitchen, garden or special location *
> Building extension or conservatory
> Detached sheds, garages and greenhouses
In or on land associated with the buildings, e.g. outdoor lighting or power
*See out Part P Notification Guide below for details.
From 1st January 2005, anyone (in England and Wales) carrying out fixed electrical installation work in any of the locations shown above must comply with the relevant standards set out in Part P. The UK standard is BS7671: 2008 (The IEE Wiring Regulations 17th Edition). Such work is deemed ‘notifiable’ because the local Building Control body must be informed.
Notifiable work includes new installations, house re-wires and the installation of new circuits. Notifiable work also includes additions to existing circuits in kitchens, bathrooms, outdoors and in other special locations. Please see our Part P Notification Notice below*
Where Notifiable electrical work is undertaken it must be certified by:
> A member of a ‘Competent Person’ self certification scheme.
> The local authority must be informed before any work begins and given access to inspect and test when the work is finished.
However, calling in a building control officer takes time and costs money. Hence, the ‘Competent Person’ self certification scheme was introduced.