Approved Document P (Electrical Safety) of the Building Regulations came into force in England and Wales on the 1st January 2005. It was designed to ensure that anyone undertaking electrical work in a domestic property had to notify their Local Authority Building Control (LABC) department before undertaking certain aspects of the electrical work on the property.
For the house-holder this means either notifying the Building Control department themselves who would then conduct a visit to the property to inspect and certificate the work or more commonly the house-holder can employ an electrician registered with a government endorsed scheme who is able to self-certificate their own work.
It is important to note that not all electricians are able to self-certificate. Only those installers registered with a competent person self-certification scheme are able to self-certify. Currently there are five scheme's operating in the UK. We are registered with ELECSA, which is part of the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA). Registration No. EPP35497.
Part P is divided into two sections:- Notifiable work and Non-notifiable work.
We will be able to advise you on which work is or is not notifiable and we will liaise with the relevant Building Control department on your behalf. If the work is notifiable then you will receive a certificate from your LABC a few weeks after the work has been completed. It is important that you keep this certificate safe as it will be required if you ever intend selling your home.
By using a Part P registered electrician you are ensuring that they are qualified to the latest edition of the IET wiring regulations, that they have a full grasp of the Building Regulations (not only part P but also any relevant regulations from parts A through to N) and that they must go through a rigorous annual assessment to ensure that they still maintain a high level of workmanship.
In addition to this all part P registered electricians must have the following:-
- £2,000,000 of public liability insurance.
- Systems for handling complaints.
- Comprehensive Health & Safety Policy and must conduct regular risk assessments.
- Guarantee insurance scheme. (We are required by the Government to offer this optional policy provided by ECIS to all clients upon completion of works and insures the work against any defect found to be non-compliant with the building regulations for a period of 6 years from completion)