Changes to Part P

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Posted: 15th of March 2013

Following last year's consultation into the Building Regulations, the Government is making important changes to Part P, which will apply to work starting on or after 6 April 2013.

The changes will apply in England only, since the Building Regulations responsibility has been devolved in Wales and the Welsh Government intends to maintain the current 2006 Edition of Part P of the Building Regulations until further notice.

There will be two main changes to the new 2013 Edition of Part P:

  1. A reduction in the range of minor electrical installation works that are notifiable, and that do not require a new electrical circuit, (this minor work would however still need to comply with BS 7671 and the Building Regulations as may be applicable).
  2. A change in the use of a registered third party to certify notifiable work (however, the exact operational details are still under development for this change).

Range of work notifiable

Under the new 2013 Edition of Part P, electrical work undertaken in kitchens (such as adding a new socket) or work outdoors (such as installing a new security light), electric floor heating, ELV lighting and central heating controls will no longer be notifiable unless a new circuit is required. This means less work will have to be notified by Part P registered competent person companies.

The minor work that remains notifiable includes:

  • installation of a new circuit
  • replacement of a consumer unit
  • work in a room containing a swimming pool or sauna heater
  • any addition or alteration to existing circuits in a 'special location'

The ECA Part P Explained Guide is presently being updated and will be available from the ECA website from 2 April 2013.

For further information regarding the Part P changes or for any technical support or information, please contact the ECA technical team on 020 7313 4826.

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