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Building Control Advice - Electrical Regulations

Since 1st January 2005 it has been necessary to have Building Regulation approval for any electrical work undertaken in your home or garden.

Local Authority Building Control Logo Important notice for all householders:

  • This means that all electrical work must be installed by a competent person or electrician.
  • Work must have a certificate of compliance as per the Electrical Regulations or Building Regulations (BS7671)
  • The aim of this new requirement is to reduce deaths caused by defective electrical installations.

Remember you will be breaking the law if you do not obtain the relevant approval or certification for installations.

You will also be asked to supply evidence of satisfactory installation when selling or mortgaging the house if you own it.


EXCEPTIONS - Electrical work that does not need building regulation approval:

  • Work connected to a 13A plug
  • Certain minor works such as replacement of sockets, switches or roses
  • Minor replacement of one cable
  • Adding lighting points or sockets to existing circuits providing not in a bathroom, kitchen, sauna, pools, gardens etc.

How to get Building Regulation approval for electrical work

When using a "registered installer"

If electrical  work is carried out by a "registered installer", they will certify that it complies with Building Regulations and notify the Council, you will not have to approach the Council yourself. There is no fee to the Council if you choose to use a "registered installer".

When using a competent electrician who is not a "registered installer"

You can choose to use a competent electrician who is not a "registered installer" but who does have all the necessary training and experience to carry out the work. If such a person can demonstrate their competence to the Council's Building Control Service then they will be granted Building Regulation approval from the Council for work carried out on your behalf.

If you do not use a "registered installer" you must obtain Building Control consent  for the work, see either:

A fee will be charged by Basildon  Council for Building Control consent, see pdf icon Building Control Fees and Notes - April 2014 [68kb].

When carrying out electrical work yourself

If you feel experienced enough, you can carry out electrical work yourself but you must obtain Building Control consent  for the work, see either:

IMPORTANT: Do not cover up any electrical work you have done before the Council's inspectors give their approval, or the work will not be accepted.

A fee will be charged by Basildon  Council for Building Control consent, see pdf icon Building Control Fees and Notes - April 2014 [68kb].


How to find a "registered installer"

Use the following links to help find a registered installer to carry out electrical work:


How to find a competent electrician:

Look at membership of or ask for evidence of:

  • NICEIC
  • Electrical Contractors' Association
  • CITB defined competence scheme
  • NAPIT Certification scheme

If in doubt ask first Basildon Building Control helpline 01268 294182


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