Part P – Competent person scheme

The Building Regulations are managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). Part P is an amendment of the Building Regulations introduced by the Government, effective from 1st January, 2005

The Part P requirement is that “Reasonable provision shall be made in the design and installation of electrical installations in order to protect persons operating, maintaining or altering the installations from fire or injury.”

In short, electrical installations must be safe! Part P applies to fixed electrical installations in dwellings and affects many of the typical jobs undertaken by electrical contractors. Work affected by Part P is subject to notification to, and inspection by, building control bodies. However, calling in a Building Control Officer takes time and can cost up to £500. The solution to this problem is self-certification.

Part P Competent Person Schemes like ELECSA were to self-certify that their work complies with all applicable requirements of the Building Regulations. Self-certification benefits the householder because by using a ‘competent person’ they don’t have to pay building control fees or submit a building notice. For the firm registered with a Competent Person Scheme such as ELECSA, notifying the work to building control is done through their scheme provider. By using PRW Electrical, who are registered with a Competent Persons Scheme, we are able to self-certify all our work, ensuring it meets the required standards and that it has been notified to the Local Authority.

PRW Electrical Services is an approved contractor and has been independently assessed to ensure that we operate to the highest safety standards. If the work you have done is affected by Part P, PRW Electrical will notify Elecsa of the job done and you will receive a Building Compliance Certificate from Elecsa, so that you know the work has been registered with your Local Authority Building Control. You will almost certainly have to produce this Certificate at a later date, so when it arrives, please keep it in a safe and secure place.