Domestic (Part P)

What is Part P?

Part P is an electrical safety requirement introduced into the Building Regulations by the Government on 1st January 2005. There is now a legal requirement to ensure all electrical installation work carried out in dwellings (houses, flats etc.) must comply with the Building Regulations. The aim of Part P is to promote electrical safety in the home and to prevent life threatening accidents which are caused by faulty and wrongly installed electrics.

This law states that anyone carrying out electrical installation work in a dwelling must ensure that the work is designed and installed to provide the maximum protection to persons from fire or injury.

The law requires an electrician to be registered with a Government backed scheme, such as NICEIC to carry out electrical work in the home as it is a criminal offence to carry out DIY electrics that do not comply with Building Regulations and the UK national standard for all electrical installation work which is BS 7671. If you have had electrical installation work carried out which is not had Part P approval, you may face problems when trying to sell or rent your home.

The registered installer will be working to the UK national standard, which is BS 7671, with this all electrical installation work on completion, will be certificated confirming that the work is safe, this will be provided to you in the form of a Electrical Installation Certificate or a Minor Works Certificate confirming compliance with BS 7671.

Part P applies dwellings which covers all new construction, to any alterations and additions to existing installations, including full or partial rewires, high risk locations such as kitchens, bathrooms and gardens.