I've just read online that electrical work outside is no longer covered by
Part P of the Electrical regs.
When did this happen then????
Kind of relieved as my shed, which I inherited when I moved into my property
in 2005, already had electrics wired up by the previous owner. But as I'm
now considering getting rid of it and building a bigger one, was concerned
about tinkering about with the supply.
So I guess I can do what I like out there now? :-)
It didn't. Domestic electrical work outdoors (outbuildings, in gardens
and outdoor lighting, etc.) is still in-scope of Part P - i.e. it must
be safe in respect of electric shock and fire risks.
What changed in 2013 is that the range of work deemed to be notifiable
was significantly reduced. Only the following are notifiable now:
- installation of a new circuit (presumably meaning either a
distribution circuit (submain) or a final circuit;
- the replacement of a consumer unit (but not the installation of a new
one, in a new shed, for instance...)
- any work within the zones in a bath/shower room, or in a swimming pool
If you already have the submain to the shed, then yes. If you need to
install a new circuit from the house CU then it would still be notifiable.
(having said all this, its a bit of a moot point since conversations
with BCOs seem to indicate the number of applications that they get for
standalone electrical jobs is typically zero!)
"oohhh but what about the insurance?"
I say..... IDGAF
no-one gives a toss about poxy bit's of part-p paper apart from those
making money from issuing them and those making money selling sh1t to
those issuing them.
One big government backed scam like everything where the council is
party to it's "legislation"
Odd that... :~)
The only Part P prosecutions I know of have been for seriously dangerous
work by cowboy tradesmen, who (IMHO) deserve all they get.
If you know what you're doing, your work is safe and complies with the
fundamental rules in BS 7671 then you will have complied with the
essential requirements of Part P.
Oh right, I thought new circuits to outside buildings weren't notifiable?
So, if I had no electric to my shed and wanted to run power to it, I'd have
to take it from a spur from an existing circuit then?
Yup, that's the part P way - its ok to bodge it, but doing it properly
incurs an exercise in paperwork. ;-)
You could (reading the letter of the approved doc) also install a whole
new CU from split tails, just for your garden feed, since that would not
be a replacement! (although you may not be able to install new circuits
from that ;-)
Personally, I find the grin and ignore it approach works well ;-)
It has since Part pee started, the local council even has stock letters
that they issue that state they have no interest in work done without
notification if it was done more than 12 months ago.
They won't prosecute anyone for doing the work, but they will prosecute
if its substandard and dangerous just as they did before part pee.
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