Part P is a part of the Building Regulations which has been introduced by the government and affects all electrical work carried out in dwellings. People carrying out electrical work in homes and gardens in England and Wales should follow the rules set out in Part P of the Building Regulations to ensure that they are complying with the law. These rules are designed to ensure that electrical work is safe.
What is a Competent Person?
A 'Competent Person' is a firm that has been approved by one of the government-approved Part P schemes as sufficiently competent to self-certify that its work complies with the Building Regulations. A registered firm is not required to notify a building control body of its proposals to carry out electrical installation work before it begins, or to have the work inspected on completion. This reduces costs for the customer as the additional charges for calling out a building control body can be avoided.If a firm wishes to become a Competent Person it must first be vetted to ensure it meets the conditions of registration, including the required levels of competence. The minimum standard of technical competence required is as follows:
Electrical work in dwellings is designed, installed, inspected and tested to the standard required by BS 7671
Applicants for a Part P Competent Person Scheme are assessed to be able to work to these standards
Why should I use a Competent Person?
A firm registered as a 'competent person':
Can deal with all the rules for you.
Is qualified to carry out electrical work to BS 7671, the national safety standard
Will give you a certificate to confirm their work follows the rules
Using a 'competent person' ensures that:
You do not have to pay Building Control charges
You have the option of taking out an insurance-backed guarantee for the work
You have access to a formal complaints procedure if you are not happy with the work
Failing to comply with the Building Regulations is a criminal offence.