Approved Document P - Electrical Safety - Dwellings

This part covers electrical safety in dwellings and explains when notification of work is required. Information on the design, installation, inspection, testing and provision of information is explained, along with details of the Part P competent person self-certification scheme.

Approved Document PApproved Document P

PDF file: 3.16MB, 22 pages

2013 edition: Valid from 6 April 2013

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The requirements in this edition of Approved Document P are as follows:

P1 - Design and installation
Reasonable provision shall be made in the design and installation of electrical installations in order to protect persons operating, maintaining or altering the installations from fire or injury.

Limits on application
The requirements of this Part apply only to electrical installations that are intended to operate at low or extra-low voltage and are:
(a) in or attached to a dwelling;
(b)in the common parts of a building serving one or more dwellings, but excluding power supplies to lifts;
(c) in a building that receives its electricity from a source located within or shared with a dwelling; or
(d) in a garden or in or on land associated with a building where the electricity is from a source located within or shared with a dwelling.

Archived copies of Approved Document P

Amendments to Approved Documents and Compliance Guides 2010Amendments to Approved Documents and Compliance Guides 2010

PDF file: 123KB, 4 pages

Valid from 1 October 2010 until 6 April 2013

List of revisions and corrections
This document lists the new regulation number for regulations which have been re-numbered in the 2010 Regulations.


Approved Document P - 2006 edition incorporating 2010 amendmentsApproved Document P - 2006 edition incorporating 2010 amendments

PDF file: 3.64MB, 47 pages

Valid from 1 October 2010 until 6 April 2013

The requirement in this edition was:
P1 - Design and installation of electrical installations


Download Approved Document P - 2006 editionApproved Document P - 2006 edition

PDF file: 2.47MB, 46 pages

Valid from 6 April 2006 until 1 October 2010

The requirement in this edition was:
P1 - Design and installation of electrical installations


Download Approved Document P - 2005 editionApproved Document P - 2005 edition

PDF file: 1.38MB, 44 pages

Valid from 1 January 2005 until 6 April 2006

The requirement in this edition was:
P1 - Design, installation, inspection and testing
P2 - Provision of information


Quick links to other Approved Documents

The regulations cover all aspects of construction and are constantly reviewed. The guidance documents referred to as 'Approved Documents' contain practical ways and explanations of how to comply with the functional requirements of the Building Regulations.

These 'Approved Documents' are separated into 14 parts:

  • Part A - Structure
  • Part B (Volume 1) - Fire safety (Dwellinghouses)
  • Part B (Volume 2) - Fire safety (Buildings other than dwellinghouses)
  • Part C - Site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture
  • Part D - Toxic substances
  • Part E - Resistance to the passage of sound
  • Part F - Ventilation
  • Part G - Hygiene
  • Part H - Drainage and waste disposal
  • Part J - Combustion appliances and fuel storage systems
  • Part K - Protection from falling, collision and impact
  • Part L1A - Conservation of fuel and power in new dwellings
  • Part L1B - Conservation of fuel and power in existing dwellings
  • Part L2A - Conservation of fuel and power in new buildings other than dwellings
  • Part L2B - Conservation of fuel and power in existing buildings other than dwellings
  • Part M (Volume 1) - Access to and use of buildings (Dwellings)
  • Part M (Volume 2) - Access to and use of buildings (Buildings other than dwellings)
  • Part P - Electrical safety - Dwellings
  • Part Q - Security - Dwellings
  • Part R - Physical infrastructure for high-speed electronic communications networks
  • Regulation 7 - Materials and workmanship