Part P and building work


What is part P?

Part P is a jargon word used in the building industry when referring to some new regulations introduced in 2005. The purpose of these new regulations was to protect home owners and businesses from substandard work being carried out.

What does Part P state?

The Part P requirement in the  new regulations states that “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.”

What does Part P mean for home owners?

Part P should mean that electrical installations must be safe and not likely to cause injury to person or property.

What work does Part P apply to?

Part P applies to fixed electrical installations in homes (which includes gardens and shared amenities in blocks of flats).

What checks and certifications are there?

For Part P work, qualified electricians have to be independently assessed and certified as competent to carry out the work. Once assessed Electrical Contractors can submit the inspection certificates directly to Building Control, to confirm the work meets Building Regulations..

In the south east, one company providing Part P electrical installation is ESI Electrical.

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