You can because they are considered to be a minor work.
Whether or not this makes any sense is another issue.
As far as I am concerned, If somebody is competent (or not) to add a
spur or socket then I see no real reason why they can't add a circuit
from the competence perspective.
It's just as easy to get into trouble installing a spur as it is a
For example, cable of inadequate size could be used, or people could
add a spur to the end of a spur from a ring circuit.
Exempting equipotential bonding is curious as well. It's an imprtant
safety mechanism and should also be tested.
The exemptions seem much more arbitrary than considered, especially
when there isn't a problem to address in the first place.
Well this is good news, Part P doesn't seem so restrictive after all. I
was under the impression that changing cracked socket/light/ceiling
fittings was about all you could do.
> The exemptions seem much more arbitrary than considered, especially
> when there isn't a problem to address in the first place.
Should we have expected anything else!
From the link you gave Andy it states:
DESCRIPTIONS OF WORK WHERE NO BUILDING NOTICE OR DEPOSIT OF FULL PLANS
Work which -
(a) is not in a kitchen, or a special location,
(b) does not involve work on a special installation, and
(c) consists of -
(i) adding light fittings and switches to an existing circuit;
(ii) adding socket outlets and fused spurs to an existing
ring or radial circuit; or
(iii) installing or upgrading main or supplementary
I thought adding new socket outlets and spurs was not allowed under the
new regs, but this says otherwise. Except for a kitchen.
Having taken a look at this, Part P and other postings, I am now sure it is
Further, it now seems clear to me that **all** domestic electrical works are
covered by Building Regs.
The exemptions appear to be about notification, not about whether it is
covered by the Regs or not. The title of Schedule 2B is "DESCRIPTIONS OF
WORK WHERE NO BUILDING NOTICE OR DEPOSIT OF FULL PLANS REQUIRED"
The only exempt works are described in the "Limits of Application" column of
amendments to Schedule 1 - i.e.:
The requirements of this Part apply only to electrical installations that
are intended to operate at low or extra-low voltage and are -
(a) in a dwelling;
(b) in the common parts of a building serving one or more dwellings, but
excluding power supplies to lifts;
(c) in a building that receives its electricity from a source located within
or shared with a dwelling; and
(d) in a garden or in or on land associated with a building where the
electricity is from a source located within or shared with a dwelling.
Everything else is covered by the regs, but not all works require
The Part P Approved Document seems to take that view. From section 0.8
When the non-notifiable work
described in Table 1 [i.e Schedule 2B] is to be
undertaken by a DIY worker, a
way of showing compliance would
be to follow the IEE guidance or
guidance in other authoritative
manuals that are based on this,
and to have a competent person
inspect and test the work and
supply a Minor Electrical
Installation Works Certificate. The
competent person need not
necessarily be registered with an
electrical self-certification scheme
but, as required by BS 7671, must
be competent in respect of the
inspection and testing of an
Note the use of the word "compliance". The regs apply even for minor DIY.So
if we don't want to get a certified "professional" to check our stuff, we
will have to do ourselves certificates !
This is as I understand it, but do remember that the Approved
Documents do not have the force of law - they are simply a guideline.
So the quote above can be nothing more than a recommendation, and is
in effect the status quo today.
Right - there is a tendency for the Approved documents to "extend" the law,
which really irritates me 'cos there are enough real regulations without
f***head's office inventing them
There is one big change in the status quo. Currently, if we add a socket and
skimp on the inspection/testing, we may end on the wrong side of the civil
law. After 1st Jan, if we do anything which doesn't comply with regs, we
could end up with a criminal record ( s35, Building Act 1984).
Ditto for the professionals though, which might be the silver lining....
True. Although I suspect in reality that the whole thing will end up
being a white elephant anyway.
Our resident ex and current BCOs might like to comment here, but it
seems to me that the only time where violations of building control
are likely to be detected are
a) If they are visible from the exterior of the house - e.g. an
b) The neighbours shop the householder
c) Something bad happens
d) The property is sold.
For wiring, a) and b) are unlikely if it is the only work - of course
if it's part of something else then that's a bigger issue and the
person is already in violation of other parts anyway.
c) is possible, but we know that the number of bad things like fires
and shocks attributable to fixed wiring are small. Since this
regulation allows spurs to be fitted uncontrolled, it does not protect
the MP's electrocuted daughter if the cooker hood wiring was to a
spur, except in so far that it was in a kitchen and therefore
controlled. I see no logical reason why the same thing with a
different appliance couldn't have happened in another room.
In case d) what would happen? The purchaser has a survey and the
surveyor picks up that wiring was done and no certificate because it
was DIY and the person didn't bother. So he gets an electrician in
and the installation is tested. If it passes then fine, if not then
it gets fixed. I don't imagine that anybody is going to call up
Building Control and ask them to come round with handcuffs.
And of course dont forget that the idea of paying money for the sharpest,
slipperiest, most aggressive solicitor that you can find is to protect you
from answering any nasty questions untruthfully or to your detriment....
A detective relative of mine said, "never say anything", "never answer
questions". A good lawyer or copper may have the knack of ribbing you to
get your emotions up. He said "it is a game, ignore them" and he said " I
always admired a pro under provocation from us, who just said nothing at
all. He won, we lost, he walked away".
You're right: for a standard rewire no one will notice and no one
will care. But when you sell you have to complete a seller's
questionnaire which currently has a question as to whether you have
replaced any windows since the magic date and if so where is the
paperwork. No doubt there will be a similar question about electrics:
it's just that 90% of people will know whether they've replaced a
window or not, whilst 90% will have no clue as to whether they have
done work to which Part P applies. But if unsatisfactory or
non-committal answers lead to more installations being tested (at a
guess only a tiny percentage are at present) then it could be argued
that safety will be improved. How much more sensible though to have
just required anyone selling to produce a Gas Safety Certificate and
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