Part P and the Building Regulations
Communities and Local Government is the government department responsible for administering the Building Regulations and hence the operation of what are known as competent persons schemes. They have produced a general leaflet to provide guidance as to when work needs to be notified to local authorities, the CLG Guide to Building Work.
Part P of the Building Regulations came into force in January 2005 to ensure that all electrical work carried out within a dwelling – a home or garden - is carried out safely by a qualified electrician and that building control is notified of this work. This notification is particularly important when moving house because the compliance certificate is required by the buyers solicitors to show that any electrical work carried out at the house on behalf of the vendor or seller is safe. In other words, failure to comply could have an effect on the future sale of the home and the onus is on the home owner to ensure the work has been notified.
The requirements of Part P have been updated and came into force on 6th April 2013. Building Regulations is a devolved area of legislation and the definition of what work is notifiable will be different betweeen England and Wales.
To help homeowners meet their obligations under the Building Regulations, ELECSA registered contractors have been independently assessed annually to ensure that they are operating to the highest technical and professional standards. As such they can self-certify their work as being compliant with the Building Regulations. The ELECSA contractor notifies us of the work he has carried out and we will issue the building compliance documentation to you and the Local Authority in keeping with the requirements of Part P. This means that you do not have to pay the Local Authority for an inspection of the work. Once you have this documentation keep it safe as you will certainly require it if you plan to sell the property.