‘Part P’ Purpose
The purpose of ‘Part P’ of Schedule 1 of the Building Regulations (England and Wales) is to reduce death and injury caused directly or indirectly by electrical installations; for instance electric shocks while working on electrical installations or electrical fires.
Part P of Schedule 1 of the Building Regulations aims to reduce death and injury by ensuring that:
‘Reasonable provision shall be made in the design and installation of electrical installations in order to protect persons operating, maintaining or altering the installation from fire or injury’.
‘Part P’ Introduction
Part P of Schedule 1 of the Building Regulations (England and Wales) covers electrical safety in electrical installations.
Part P of Schedule 1 of the Building Regulations applies to work on electrical installations that:
· Are in dwellings.
· Are attached to dwellings – for instance workshops.
· Are in the common part of buildings serving one or more dwellings – for instance stairways in a block of flats.
· Are in a building that receives its electricity from a dwelling – for instance a shed.
· Are in a garden or land of a dwelling – for instance a pond or outside lights.
Part P of Schedule 1 of the Building Regulations came into force, in England and Wales, on the first of January 2005.
A generalisation of the Part P building regulations is:
· They apply to all but the most basic of domestic electrical work outside ‘special locations’ and ‘special installations’ (see below).
· They apply to the most basic of domestic electrical work in ‘special locations’ and ‘special installations’ (see below).
· They apply where other building regulations don’t.
· If Part P building regulations apply, an ‘Approved Part P Contractor’ must do the electrical work OR a ‘Local Council Building Approved Building Inspector’ must approve the work.
· They apply to new work only but, if extending an electrical installation, must NOT make the original electrical installation less safe.