Everything you wanted to know about Part P & Part L
What is Part P?
- From January 2005, domestic electrical installations came within the scope of the Building Regulations to enhance the safety of householders.
- The requirement was initially limited to fixed electrical installations in dwellings. Compliance with BS7671 became a legal requirement, and applies in England and Wales only.
What is Part L?
In a similar way to Part P, Part L refers to the fact that a gas or oil installation must be completed by:
- a Gas Safe registered gas installer (When working on gas installations),
- an OFTEC registered oil installer (When working on oil installations).
who is able to self certify their own work through either of the above listed bodies.
Did you know?
- There are 120,000 electricians in England and Wales
- of which 35,000 are registered Part P electrician’s
- 4 million electrical installations are carried out each year including 1 million installations on a ‘Do it Yourself’ basis
- Over two thirds of all electrical installations, are carried out by non building regulation approved electricians
Consequences of non building regulations approval on an electrician’s installations;
- The Solicitor can’t complete sellers information pack
- The Estate Agent’s sale will stall, if the work has been completed since 2005
- The surveyor is concerned that electrical work is not compliant
- Indemnity insurance on electrical work done since 2005, is normally not accepted by the purchasor’s solicitor, surveyor and sometimes even the lending Bank or Building Society
For more information on Part P(updated April 2013), please click here
A Quick Guide to What You Should Know
Is the electrician registered to carry out domestic electrical installations or remedial works?Can they ‘self-certify’ their own work for building regulation compliance?
- Is the electrician registered with one of the trade associations. The NICEIC, NAPIT, ECA or the Elecsa Group?
- Does their registration allow them to certify their own work?
- Are they qualified to BS7671:2008 level and do they hold the required 2391 inspection and testing certificate
- Is their test equipment calibrated and do they hold a certificate corresponding to that equipment
- Are they able to issue a domestic electrical installation report with the inclusion of relevant test results.
If all of the above are in order, the electrician will conform to the requirements of Part P of the building regulations. If not, then the likelihood is that the electrician is not registered and it would be difficult to confirm that the work was completed in a competent, and safe manner and that it conforms to regulations.
The sale of a property will be delayed until the council have the necessary information to be able to issue a compliance certificate. There will be extra costs involved as further inspections and tests will be required.
How can The Power Service help you.
From the 6th of April 2013, Part P requirements have changed in England. The electrical installation work which now requires notification to building control, is as follows;
- Installation of a new circuit
- The replacement of a consumer unit
- Any addition or alteration to existing circuits in a room containing a bath or shower (within the zones specified in BS7671)
- Any addition or alteration to existing circuits in a room containing a swimming pool
- Any addition or alteration to existing circuits in a room containing a sauna heater
The Power Service conduct Part P electrical inspection and testing and Part L Gas compliance tests for over 30 Local Authority Building Control Departments. Our service has been welcomed as we only complete inspecting and testing and do not undertake any remedial work. Therefore our inspections are completely impartial.
If an installation is unsatisfactory, The Power Service will not recommend an electrical contractor, as this could be seen as a conflict of interest. However, we will guide you on how best to resolve the problem.
A large proportion of our inspections in the last quarter have come via house sales. This has been flagged up by the solicitors when they have been conducting their due diligence. Under these circumstances, The Power Service has acted swiftly and delivered the reports in an electronic format, the same day, to all parties concerned.