What is Part P?
Every year around 10 people die and 750 are seriously injured as a result of accidents caused by unsafe electrical installtions in the home. As a result the government has added Part P to the Building Regulations to cover electrical safety requirements. Part P came into effect on 1 January 2005 and applies to all dwellings in England and Wales. All work involving the addition of a new circuit to a property either needs to be notified to building control, who will inspect the work, or carried out by a competent person who is registered with a Part P self-certification scheme, such as NAPIT and holding an EAS (electrotechnical assessment scheme) certificate, which works like CORGI does for gas.
Ensure that you choose an electrician with an EAS certificate and you can rest assured that they are fully qualified electrical contractors able to check a circuit thoroughly for safety and issue you with a valid Building Regulations certificate of compliance. Failure to comply with Building Regulations is a criminal offence and may invalidate your insurance and the local authority can enforce the alteration or removal of work that does not comply.