Electrical Question

Recommended socket height when refurbishing a period property


Just wanted to get a bit of advice on a little disagreement please. My electrician is being a little bit difficult about moving a socket down below the 450mm height. I read up a little and isn't this relevant to new builds and therefore wouldn't apply to a refurbishment of a Victorian house?


3 Answers

You are correct and this building regulation is for "new dwellings" as is stated in apendix H6 on page 177 of the on site guide BS7671:2008(2011).
Your electrician may make the interpretation that a refurbishment in his opinion counts as a new dwelling but myself, unless there were genuine safety reasons, I would not.
Hope this helps-Kevin.

Answered 22nd Sep 2013

kevin cassidy building contractors

Member since 16 Dec 2010

It definitely applies to new builds only and so you're right, it can be ignored for refurbishments. As long as the socket in a refurbishment is mounted at a minimum of 150mm from the floor then it's compliant.

Sounds like the electrician you're using is a 5 day wonder and does not have much practical installation experience.

Answered 22nd Sep 2013

Electrical Safety Services

Member since 17 Oct 2011

yes you are correct. It is recommended when doing a full scale rewire of an existing property to adhere to part M of the building regs but it is down to the clients discretion as to the finished heights.

Get your spark to put them where you require as you are the one who is paying for the work.

Answered 22nd Sep 2013

Sensor Electrical Services

Member since 6 Mar 2012

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