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What electrical work is notifiable?

Building Regulations set standards for the design and construction of buildings to ensure the health and safety of people in or around those buildings.

The duty to comply with the requirements of Part P of the Building Regulations (electrical safety) rests with the person carrying out the work – the installer. Whoever carries out the work is also responsible for ensuring that your local authority is notified of certain higher risk work – known as 'notifiable work'.

In England, 'notifiable' electrical work includes:

  • new electrical circuits
  • replacement fuse boxes (consumer units)
  • alterations to existing circuits in a bathroom (within a certain proximity of baths or showers)
  • alterations to existing circuits in any room that contains a swimming pool or sauna

In Wales, notifiable work includes all of the work notifiable in England as well as any alterations to existing circuits in kitchens and outdoor areas.