Approved Document P of the Building Regulations for 2013 is available from the Planning Portal website and came into force at the beginning of April.
The document covers electrical safety in dwellings and is now in effect in England. All work which was carried out before April 6th will still fall under Approved Document P 2006, but if work was carried out after this date, is currently being carried out or is due to be, this work will fall under the new 2013 document and will need to be to this standard.
The basic difference between the previous version and the new one is as follows:
- Electrical installation work which is notifiable is now reduced from the previous amount
- Any installers not registered under a competent person scheme can use a registered third party to certify their work rather than contacting a building control body.
- There is now reference to 17th Edition amendment one.
The new document was published in December last year, so those who work within Part P requirements should be, by now, familiar with the content of the new document for 2013.
For those who haven’t yet got hold of a copy and made themselves familiar with the new requirements, it is advisable to do so as some of the changes and revisions involve important changes. For example, the content of the document has now been revised and notifiable work only includes the following:
- New circuit installations
- Replacing a consumer unit
- Addition and alteration of existing circuits in certain locations (special locations)
These ‘special locations’ refer to zones one and two of a bathroom or a room with a swimming pool or sauna.
The Government are aiming for consumers to see that the benefits of using registered Part P electricians will compensate for reducing the amount of notifiable work in the document.
However, it has been reported that there is a serious lack of knowledge of Part P and what it is for amongst the public. This could prove to be an issue, but there are some campaigns planned to compensate for this.
Written by Sara Thomson