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Building Regulations - Scotland and Northern Ireland

Scotland and Northern Ireland

Scottish Building Standards

The Scottish system including building regulations can be found at the Scottish Building Standards Agency (SBSA) website.  This includes the requirements for electrical installations in Scotland as covered by the Building (Scotland) Act 2003 and associated legislation.

Requirements for electrical installations in Scotland are addressed by standard 4.5 – electrical safety for all buildings and standard 4.6 – electrical fixtures for domestic buildings only (see 12.5.1 and 12.5.2) and, as in England and Wales, persons carrying out electrical installations must ensure that the work they carry out both complies with building regulations and the relevant functional standards.

There are no significant differences in general installation requirements for electrical work, with both Scotland and England & Wales citing BS 7671 (as amended) as the recommended means of satisfying building standards requirements. However, Part P electrical self-certification schemes in England & Wales do not apply to work in Scotland.

The Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000 as amended

The Department of Finance and Personnel has produced Technical Booklet E:2005 and also refers to other deemed-to-satisfy publications, such as British Standards, to support compliance with the Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000.