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Good to know: Important Information for Homeowners

Part P

In January 2005, Part P of the Building Regulations came into effect. This part of the building regulations covers the electrical installation; the purpose was to improve the standard of electrical work being carried out in peoples homes.

This means that, with some exceptions, electrical work undertaken in your home such as the addition of a new electrical circuit or any work in your kitchen, bathroom or garden must be notified to the Local Authority Building Control for inspection. This takes time and costs the homeowner money, with Local Authorities charging approximately £150 per visit. However, if you use an electrician who is registered with a Competent Persons Scheme, an inspection by the Local Authority is not required. See below for more information on the Competent Person Scheme.

Part P Competent Person Schemes

An electrician who is registered with a Competent Persons Scheme will be able to self-certify that the work meets the required standards, and they will notify your Local Authority Building Control Department on your behalf. You will then receive a building compliance certificate which you may have to produce at a later date.

Contractor Self-certification benefits the householder because they don't have to pay building control fees or submit a building notice. In addition, householders have the important reassurance that by using a Competent Person, they are using a firm that has been independently assessed and certified as competent to carry out the work.

Pulsar Electrical is registered with the NICEIC Competent Persons Scheme.

Benefits of using an NICEIC-registered Contractor

Safety and competence

Contractors registered by NICEIC are assessed on a regular basis to ensure that they are competent and capable of meeting the relevant technical and safety standards.

Compliance with building regulations

Contractors registered to NICEIC Building Regulations Schemes are authorised to self-certify their work without hindrance from Local Authority Building Control. This saves the homeowner both time and money when undertaking work that requires notification under the Building Regulations.

Insurance Backed Warranty

The NICEIC Insurance Backed Warranty covers work undertaken by contractors registered to the NICEIC Domestic Installer Scheme that is notifiable to Building Control.

Ensure compliance to the Building Regulations always use an NICEIC-registered contractor to undertake work covered by the Building Regulations.

If you are a homeowner or own a rental property, you are responsible for compliance with legally binding Building Regulations.