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Building Regulations

Information on UK Building Regulations and their bearing on electrical safety.

Legal regulation of electrical safety in the UK

In the UK the standards for the design and construction of buildings are governed by the Building Regulations. Their aim is to ensure the health and safety of people in or around those buildings as well having requirements for energy conservation and access to and about buildings. There are specific regulations for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

England and Wales

In England and Wales the Building Regulations 2010 apply. The Building Regulations 2000 and all amendments were revoked on 1 October 2010 and are no longer in effect. Further information can be obtained from the DirectGov website and the Communities and Local Government website.

Part P of the Building Regulations, which specifically deals with electrical safety in dwellings, came into effect on 1st January 2005. The IET has some guidance information related to Part P.


In Scotland the Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004 apply.

Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland the Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000 apply.


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