"PART P" ? FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - FAQs
Answer: This refers to Part P of the Building Regulations 2000. These are statutory requirements that apply to building work in England andWales. Part P gives legally enforceable rules relating to electrical safety in houses and flats (referred to in the regulations as ‘dwellings’). The various other Parts of the Building Regulations gives legal requirements relating to structure, fire safety, etc.
Question: WHAT WORK HAS TO COMPLY WITH ‘PART P’?
Answer: Since January 1 2005, all electrical installation work carried in houses and flats in England and Wales must comply with the Building Regulations.
Question: WHY HAVE THE NEW RULES BEEN INTRODUCED?
Answer: To help reduce the number of deaths, injuries and fires caused by faulty electrical installations and to make it harder for ‘cowboy builders’ to leave electrical installations in an unsafe condition.
Question: WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF ELECTRICAL WORK DOES NOT COMPLY WITH THE BUILDING REGULATIONS?
Answer: The electrical installation might not be safe. Also:
• the local authority may insist that you have the faulty work put right
• without the relevant electrical safety and compliance certificates, you may have difficulty in
selling your home
Question: HOW CAN I FIND A REGISTERED INSTALLER TO CARRY OUT MY ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION WORK?
Answer: Visit the website of the Approved Scheme operators shown on next page, or, more conveniently, visit the Local Authority Building Control Website: www.competentperson.co.uk. This has a searchable database of all Competent Persons registered with approved scheme operators.
Question: IF YOU WANT ELECTRICAL WORK CARRIED OUT, DO I HAVE TO TELL MY LOCAL AUTHORITY’S BUILDING CONTROL DEPARTMENT BEFORE THE WORK STARTS?
Answer: The diagram on the next page sets out the options for consumers. CLICK HERE.