Part P – Electrical contracting in homes
Your responsibilities as a home owner
Did you know that it is your responsibility to ensure work in your home is either completed by a competent person scheme-registered electrician or checked by one?
Under Part P of the building regulations, DIY work and work carried out by non-registered traders should be checked and certified. As the property owner, you’re ultimately responsible for ensuring electrical work complies with the rules.
The regulations do not stop you doing your own work or using an unregistered tradesperson, but you still need to make a Building Regulations Application or have a member of an electrical competent persons’ scheme check it and issue the notice and certificate.
It’s easier and safer if you use an electrician registered with a government-authorised competent persons’ scheme because then you may not need to put in an application to your local authority as they’re authorised to do this.
- Find a registered electrician belonging to the various CPS schemes - Electrical Competent Person Scheme
- For general advice, guidance and information in easy to understand formats - Electrical Safety First
- Use the free postcode search tool provided by the Local Authority Building Control Partnership (LABC), to find your council’s building control team - LABC - Find Your Local Council Building Control Department