All fixed electrical installation work in dwellings has become a 'controlled service' under the Building Regulations.
Unless the notifiable work is carried out by a Competent Person for Part P, it will have to be notified to the Local Building Control office – before work commences – in order that they may inspect the work during construction and upon completion.
This will apply to all work carried out, professionally or as DIY, with the following exceptions:
- where the proposed work is to be undertaken by a Competent Person authorised under Part P to self-certify
- the work is not listed as ‘Notifiable Work’ within the relevant Part P document
Note: the requirements in Wales are different to England
If contractors are either not registered with a Part P Certification Scheme, or do not formally notify relevant work, an offence is deemed to have occurred under the Building Act, which may have legal ramifications.