Electrical regulations Part P update expected in 2013
The Government has published its intent to deregulate the Building Regulations Part P and restrict it’s application by removing the requirement to notify smaller-scale, lower-risk electrical work to a building control body. Currently homeowners can face building control fees of upwards of £240 to have simple electrical work, such as an additional plug socket in a kitchen, approved by a local authority. This change will see the notification requirements focused on higher-risk jobs like the installation of new circuits, or work in the vicinity of showers and baths, which is the right approach. There will, of course, remain a duty for these non-notifiable works to comply with the safety provisions required by the regulations.
They have also announced an intent to bring forward further regulations later next year that will introduce an alternative route to demonstrating compliance with part P by allowing for third-party certification of electrical work to provide a cheaper way of verifying work is adequate—particularly for those carrying out DIY work.