Home safety advice
Since the 1st January 2005, people carrying out electrical work in dwellings in England and Wales have to follow new rules in the Building Regulations.
These new rules were introduced to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by faulty electrical wiring or by fires caused by such wiring. The rules should also make it harder for “cowboy builders” to leave wiring in an unsafe condition.
If your electrician or electrical contractor is not registered with one of the electrical self-certification schemes recognised by the Government, a separate Building Regulations application to cover the electrical works is required and it will be necessary for the Council, or a third party working on their behalf, to check the electrics for compliance with Part P (Electrical Safety) of the Building Regulations.
The self-certification schemes recognised by the Government are:
- BRE Certification Ltd
- British Standards Institution
- ELECSA Ltd
- NICEIC Certification Ltd
- NIC Certification Ltd. and
An additional charge of £200 is due when a separate building regulations application is submitted in cases where the person installing the electrics is not registered with one of the self-certifications schemes recognised by Government.
Where payment is by cheque; cheques are to be made payable to The London Borough of Waltham Forest