Part P

Part P refers to a section of the Building Regulations introduced in 2005 which sets out safety criteria that must be met in carrying out all electrical installation work in domestic dwellings. 

Part P states that anyone carrying out electrical installation work in a home must make sure that the work is designed and installed to protect people from fire and electric shocks.

Part P applies to any changes made to existing installations, including any parts that have been rewired.


Electricians carrying out work in England and Wales have to comply with Part P of the Building Regulations. Apart from some types of minor work, all electrical work must either be reported to the local-authority building-control, or be carried out by an electrician who is registered with one of the Government-approved scheme providers. P&Q is fully qualified & knowledgable of Part P requirements and is registered with NAPIT, the approved body. 

By law, all homeowners and landlords must be able to prove that all electrical installation work meets Part P, or they will be committing a criminal offence.

Local authorities can make homeowners or landlords remove or alter any work that does not meet the Building Regulations.

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What does this mean for me?

If you use a registered electrician, like P&Q Electric, you can expect to have safe electrical installation work done, as the work will meet the UK national standard, BS 7671 (Requirements for Electrical Installations). When the work is finished you will receive:

  • an Electrical Installation Certificate or Minor Work Certificate that confirms that the work meets BS 7671; and

  • a Building Regulations Compliance Certificate that confirms that the work meets the Building Regulations.

You should absolutely make sure that any Electrical installation work in your property is carried out only by people who have the knowledge, skill and experience needed to avoid any danger to themselves and others - such as P&Q Electric.

You should use a registered electrician - such as P&Q Electric - to do any electrical installation work you need. They work to the UK national safety standard and will give you a safety certificate to confirm that their work has been designed, inspected and tested in line with that standard.