Electrical Question

New bathroom spotlights

I just completed a new en suite bathroom in our house and fitted some 12v and 240 spotlights in positions as per the regulations etc.
Is it common practice that an electrician will check the wiring over for a fee etc?

2 Answers

Unfortunately you have already broken the law and could potentially face a fine of up to £5000.

Part P of the building regulations requires that you "Pre Register" your intent to carry out DIY electrical work with your local authority and pay their fee (typically around £200 - £300). Once you have consent you can start work.

The law concerning Part P means that any electrician can not legally sign off your work, as they would also be breaking the law and in effect be issuing a certificate that's illegal. Some will do it for the right fee! Although most wont as its not worth the risk.

The only legal options you have are; i) contact your local authority and register the job late, although there is a risk of a fine but normally its just a higher fee and more paperwork

Or ii) get a fully Part P registered electrician in to rip out what you have installed and re-install it again, so that they can self certify the work.

See links below for more information;

http://www.esc.org.uk/fileadmin/user_upload/documents/public/leaflets/PartP-Web-Oct2012-1.pdf

http://www.donttakethep.co.uk/

Answered 7th Apr 2013

Electrical Safety Services

Member since 17 Oct 2011

Hi,

Currently there are no laws preventing anyone from carrying out electrical work on their own home. Although there are many motions through the electrical industry to change this.

An electrician is currently only allowed to certify their own work. Although the rules are due to change later in the year, allowing for a registered electrician to effectively "sign off" the work of others.

If you want the work you have carried out to be legally recognised by building control, an option may be to contact your local authority building control office who could advise you further - An unregistered electrician (or DIY'er or homeowner) can complete electrical works in a home but is supposed to pre register the work and then have it checked by a local authority building control electrician to make that work "legal".

These rules are due to change later in the year though, allowing for a registered electrician to effectively "sign off" the work of others.

Hope this helps - the industry rules are all over the place currently!

Regards
Carl Firmstone
Stator Electrical Solutions Ltd

Answered 23rd Apr 2013

Stator Electrical Solutions

Member since 3 Sep 2009

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