What are the Building Regulations For Electrical Work?

If you're going to be having an electrician in Glasgow carry out work on your home, or commercial property then it's important you know about the Building Regulations. Forewarned is to be forearmed, so if you, or somebody you've hired is going to be carrying out work on your property, you need to be aware of them.

Building Regulations are There to Protect Occupants

They were brought in to help improve the standard of any building work carried out. There are specific rules for the work electricians carry out, which have been around for quite a few years, however under this new system, there's a need for building warrants which need to be approved by a registered installer or checked by a local authority.

Certain Types of Buildings Require Building Warrants

Not everyone will need a building warrant, it will depend on the nature of the work being carried out, so you'll need to check with your local authority to see which ones need a building warrant and which don't. As a guide, all work carried out on any new buildings, existing maisonettes, flats and houses which have more than two storeys will need the building warrants. The Scottish Building Standards are a really informative source of information on this, so your second port of call after our blog, should be their website.

If you own the building then it will be up to you to make sure that any electrical work will be up to the standards set by the Scottish Building Regulations. If you don't, then the local authority can make you alter the work that's been carried out, and in certain circumstances even make you remove it.

Steps to Make Sure the Work is Carried Out Properly

You should always make sure that any electrical work is carried out by a fully qualified and registered electrician. Someone who's registered with a government-approved scheme. They may also be known as registered installers. You'll also have to make sure your local authority checks the work you've had carried out once it's finished.

If you're a homeowner who owns property which fits into the categories we've described, then it's a good idea that you always hire a registered electrician to carry out any electrical work on your home.

Why Hire a Registered Electrician in Glasgow?

There are lots of advantages to hiring registered electricians in Glasgow. They can deal with all the rules and regulations on your behalf as well as provide you with all necessary certification. This will confirm that the work has been carried out by a registered electrician and that the work is reliable. If you hire a registered electrician you'll be entitled to a refund on part of the fee which paid for the building warrant. You will also be able to complain using a formal complaints procedure if the work carried out doesn't meet the rules.

If you've used someone who's experienced, qualified and part of an approved registration scheme, then the work carried out will be of a high standard giving you peace of mind. You'll be given certificates to prove that your electrics meet the required legal standards. And you'll also get the Electrical Installation Certificate, which means the work meets the British Standard 7671.

GW Electrics – Registered Electricians in Glasgow

We are an experienced team of electricians in Glasgow who are registered with an approved scheme, which means we can carry out work on your property and it'll be done in accordance with the Scottish Building Regulations. We have many years of experience in the trade and you'll find that we've carried out a lot of work on the kinds of property we've described. Get in touch and we can talk you through what's required.