Most jobs carried out by DIYers are small jobs that don't need to be notified to Building Control, but they should still be checked by a competent electrician. Read about the electrical work covered by Building Regulations.
Government guidelines state that:
- All electrical work in dwellings need to comply with Part P requirements and be carried out by persons who are competent to do the work
- Small jobs such as replacing a socket-outlet or a light switch on an existing circuit will not need to be notified to a building control body - although there will be some exceptions for high risk areas such as kitchens and bathrooms
- All work that involves adding a new circuit to a dwelling will need to be either notified to building control, who will then inspect the work, or carried out by a competent person who is registered with a Part P Self-Certification Scheme
- Persons registered with Part P Self-Certification Schemes will be fully qualified electrical contractors with the ability to thoroughly check a circuit for safety - they will be able to issue Building Regulations certificates of compliance
The following self-certification schemes are operated by:
There is a form of certification that allows competent persons to carry out the electrical work associated with the other work they undertake. The additional bodies for this form of certification are: