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On January 1st 2005, new Part P Building 

Regulations were enforced in England and Wales


This is to reduce the number of deaths, injuries 
and fires caused by faulty electrical installations 
and to make it harder for ‘cowboy builders’ to 
leave electrical installations in an unsafe condition. 
Part P is intended to increase the safety of households 
by improving the design, installation, inspection and 
testing of electrical installations in dwellings when 
these installations are being newly built, extended 
or altered.

The risks posed by unsafe electrical installations 
and portable appliances are electric shock, burns 
and other injuries arising from fires in buildings 
ignited by electrical components overheating or 
building up dangerous currents causing ‘arcing’. 
Installations that are properly designed, fitted, 
tested and commissioned in accordance with 
British Standard BS 7671 (a requirement of 
Part P) will help minimize these risks.From 
1 January 2005, people carrying out electrical 
work in homes and gardens in England and 
Wales will have to follow the new rules in the 
Building Regulations.

The Scope of Part P


Part P applies to the following areas:

Dwellings
Special Locations inc: Kitchens, Bathrooms 
and any new Circuits,Combined dwellings 
and business premises having a common 
supply (such as shops, pubs etc.)
Common access areas in blocks of flats 
(but not lifts) Shared amenities in blocks 
of flats (such as laundries, gymnasiums etc.)
Outbuildings, including sheds, garages 
and greenhouses.Garden lighting and power 
supplies.Use a certified Electrician to meet 
these requirements.