Amendments to the Building Regulations known as Part "P" came into effect in 2008.
All electrical installation work carried out in Domestic Dwellings must now be carried out by electricians registered on a what is known as a Competent Persons Scheme (CPS) only, (some exceptions permitted) or must be notified to Building Control at the local council to obtain planning permission, (fee payable), prior to work commencing.
It is now a Criminal Offence for a NON-REGISTERED person to carry out any of the above work with fines of up to £5,000.
Furthermore it may also affect the validity of your home insurance.
The main requirement of Part "P" is that an electrical installation will be carried out by a Qualified Electrician / Competent person who has been assessed and registered.More...