Electrical safety – Dwellings

  1. Summary

    Summary

    1.1 This approved document gives guidance on how to comply with Part P of the Building It contains the following sections:

    Section 1:          Technical requirements for electrical work in dwellings

    Section 2:         The types of building and electrical installation within the scope of Part P, and the types of electrical work that are notifiable

    Section 3:         The different procedures that may be followed to show that electrical work complies with Part P

    Appendix A: Key terms

    Appendix B: Standards referred to.

    Interaction with other parts of the Building Regulations

    1.2 Other parts of the Building Regulations contain requirements that affect electrical installations. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following:

    a. Part A (Structure): depth of chases in walls, and size of holes and notches in floor and roof joists

    b. Part B (Fire safety): fire safety of certain electrical installations; provision of fire alarm and fire detection systems; fire resistance of service penetrations through floors, walls and ceilings

    c. Part C (Site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture): resistance of service penetrations to rainwater and contaminants such as radon

    d. Part E (Resistance to the passage of sound): soundproofing of service penetrations

    e. Part F (Ventilation): dwelling ventilation rates

    f. Part L (Conservation of fuel and power): energy efficient lighting

    g. Part M (Access to and use of buildings): height of socket-outlets and switches