Good to know: Important Information for Homeowners
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.