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What regulations are there for changing a consumer unit / fuse board?

7 Answers

Answered by MFS Electrical

27th February 2020

MFS Electrical answered the question "What regulations are there for changing a consumer unit / fuse board?"

There are quite a few regulations involved in changing consumer units. The consumer unit should be installed in line with BS7671 as well as the best practice guides available on the Electrical Safety first website. Here at MFS we only install quality consumer units and control gear and provide certification in line with BS7671 and best practice guides so you can be sure that your installation is in safe hands with us. Did you know that ideally you should have an EICR carried out beforehand to ensure there are not latent faults which could cause nuisance tripping or potentially dangerous situations? Also on completion to comply with BS7671 initial verification should be carried out and an Electrical Installation Certificate should be issued. You may have heard about part P. Currently this does not apply in Scotland but you should always ask your electrician to see their Gold card as proof of their qualifications.

Answered by TB electrical

12th April 2019

TB electrical answered the question "What regulations are there for changing a consumer unit / fuse board?"

The current installation should meet the current regulations set in bs7671 ( 18th edition). Once a new consumer unit is fitted the installation becomes a new installation. This is required to be notified to building control as set in part p of the building regulations to do this you are required to be part of a competant persons scheme the most recognised is the NICEIC. But there are also a number of other organisations no one being better than the other( stroma, napit, elecsa)

Answered by Electrical Innovations (Derby) Ltd

21st March 2019

Electrical Innovations (Derby) Ltd answered the question "What regulations are there for changing a consumer unit / fuse board?"

Replacing a consumer unit is notifiable works under Part P of the building regulations. Not only does the work have to comply with the Electrical wiring regulations (BS7671) but it is a legal requirement for it to be notified. After a completed job you should get a certificate form the Electrician doing the works, and also your building control notification certificate.

Answered by P&J Electrical

24th February 2019

P&J Electrical answered the question "What regulations are there for changing a consumer unit / fuse board?"

A consumer unit upgrade/change should comply with the current edition of bs7671 the wiring regulations, currently 18th edition, and must be carried out by a person competent to do so. This work is also notifiable under part p of the building regulations and as such should either a, Be carried out by an electrician registered with a government approved competent persons scheme such as Stroma or the NICEIC who will deal with building control or b, be carried out by a competent person and pay to have building control visit before and after the works are complete to check for compliance. Also on completion an electrical installation certificate should be issued detailing the test results for circuits that have been re energised and a retest date based on what results have been recorded, the expected use of the installation and any other things that in the electricians experience will affect the lifespan of the installation. This is not a job for the inexperienced or mr “I can do a bit of electrics” as although after a change everything may “work” it doesn’t mean it’s safe

Answered by Lyttle smart homes ni

19th February 2019

Lyttle smart homes ni answered the question "What regulations are there for changing a consumer unit / fuse board?"

The current legislation for changing a consumer unit/Fuse board is BS7671:2019 18th Edition and this requires that a competent person carry out the replacement and supply you with a Full Electrical Completion Certificate with all the required test results of your system. The competent person carrying out the replacement must be a Fully qualified electrician who can give you the correct certification for completing the replacement. An electrician does not need to be NECEIC registered to produce a certificate for electrical work in Northern Ireland.

Answered by Udell Electrical Services

11th February 2019

Udell Electrical Services answered the question "What regulations are there for changing a consumer unit / fuse board?"

This should be carried out by a fully qualified electrician. It needs to conform to the 18th edition wiring regulations to fully protect you and your property. Upon completion of the work the electrician should provide to you a full Electrical completion certificate to cover the work for your records.

Answered by GES Electrical

11th February 2019

GES Electrical answered the question "What regulations are there for changing a consumer unit / fuse board?"

This type of work should be carried out by a suitably competent person. Work should comply with the current edition of the wiring regulations BS7671 18th edition and domestic work should be notified to the local building control office. It’s best to check that the person carrying out the work is a member of one of the Competent persons schemes. For example the NICEIC

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