Part P Information

The Background

In May 2003, the Government announced that it was introducing a new Part to the Building Regulations, Part P, which would bring domestic electrical installation work in England and Wales under the legal framework of the Building Regulations.  It will, for the first time, place a legal requirement for safety upon electrical installation work in dwellings, although the sector is highly regarded for its high levels of conformity with its chief standard, BS 7671.

It was announced that Part P would only be introduced in law when self-certification schemes were in place to ensure competency of the work undertaken.  Such schemes are now in place.  Part P of the Building Regulations became a legal requirement on January 1st 2005.

The Requirements

As of 5th April 2006, Part P contains the following requirement:

  • Design and Installation
  • Reasonable provision shall be made in the design and installation of electrical installations in order to protect persons operating, maintaining or altering the installations from fire or injury.

In addition, electrical installation work must comply with the Building Regulations in general.  Such requirements include those placed by:

  • Part A – Structure
  • Part B – Fire Safety
  • Part C – Site preparation and resistance to moisture
  • Part E – Resistance to the passage of sound
  • Part F – Ventilation
  • Part L – Conservation of Fuel and Power
  • Part M – Access to and use of buildings