In early February 2009 came the first reports of Local Authorities succesfully prosecuting both companies and individuals for failing to comply with Part P.
A bathroom fitter was fined a total of £1,500 and required to pay £1,066 in costs after pleading guilty to contravening the Building Regulations with regard to electrical work in a bathroom. The prosecution was brought by Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Building Control section.
The defendant who was not an electrician, had failed to comply with BS 7671 when installing an electric shower. Also, while the installation of the shower was incomplete, the complainant had not been advised that the shower was awaiting inspection and testing and should not be used.
The fitter pleaded guilty to three charges at a hearing at Bath Magistrates Court. He was fined £1,000 for the Part P offence, and £250 each for the two other offences. These were that he had failed to give a Building Notice to the Council prior to commencement of the work and that he had failed to give notice of commencement and completion of certain stages of the work.