Electrical safety requirements for dwellings are set out in Part P of Schedule 1 to the Building Regulations.
Technical guidance on meeting the requirements is contained in Approved Document P.
Follow the links on this page to access the approved document, details of any appeals and determinations, and further information relating to this part.
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The Building Regulations are underpinned by research which aims to provide a sound scientific basis to the requirements and guidance relating to each of the technical parts.
Before bringing into effect changes to the technical requirements, or the supporting Approved Document(s), of the Building Regulations, Government seeks views on the proposed changes through a formal consultation process.
Government departments assess the likely outcomes of regulating in order to try to achieve the right balance between under-regulating, which may fail to protect the public, and over-regulating, which may create excessive bureaucracy. Since 1998, the
The Secretary of State for Building Regulations may issue decisions on applications for determinations of compliance with the technical requirements of the Building Regulations, or appeals against a local authority's refusal to relax a requirement.