All you need to know about the obtaining an Electrical Safety Certificate, including the types of certificate, the steps involved to obtain, labour and time frames.
Whether you are a homeowner having work done at home or a landlord renting out a house or flat to tenants, there are a number of reasons why you might need an electrical safety certificate and if you have no previous experience of having electrical work carried out in your home, knowing which type of certificate you should get can be a bit confusing. There are basically four main types of electrical safety certificate or reports: Electrical Installation Certificate, Minor Electrical Works Installation Certificate, Electrical Installation Condition Report and Part P Notifications.
An Electrical Installation Certificate (EIC) states that an electrical installation is safe to use and is required for all major installations in the home such as new consumer units and any work requiring new circuits or any electrical work in special locations such as bathrooms. A Minor Electrical Works Installation Certificate is similar to an Electrical Installation Certificate (EIC) but is used for minor electrical work such as additional sockets or light fittings not in special locations. An Electrical Installation Condition Report is something landlords need before a new tenant moves in. But homeowners moving into a new home should ideally get one too, especially if an older property. Many electrical projects need Building Control Notification under Part P Notifications. This can be done by employing a qualified electrician who can "self-certify" their work or by notifying Building Control yourself and paying a fee for an inspection. However, you cannot get an electrician to certify work you have carried out yourself - this is illegal.
If you are a landlord it is your obligation to check that the sockets, light switches, wiring and consumer board are safe and the Electrical Safety Council recommends that every 5 years an inspection of electrical installations is carried out, or whenever there is a change of tenants (whichever is sooner). An electrician will typically charge around £100 for an electrical condition report, but the price will rise for larger properties. Unlike the installation certificate, PAT testing checks the appliances in a rented home which are owned by the landlord, this includes larger white goods such as the fridge freezer or dishwasher, but also smaller appliances like kettles and toasters. Currently, there is no legal obligation for landlords to do PAT testing, but it is recommended and good practice, costing around £60 for an average house. A Landlord Electrical Safety Report Certificate is technically a report but is generally referred to as a certificate. This report will typically cost from £100 to £250 (depending on the size) for a home with reasonably new wiring and normally takes 2 to 4 hours.
If you chose an electrician that is a member of a competent person scheme to do the work then he or she can self-certify and issue you with a certificate. This certificate is usually included in the quote for any work that requires it. However, if your electrician isn't a member, they can't self-certify and you will then need to notify building control and pay a fee which varies from council to council and will also depend on the complexity of the work but expect to pay around £300. Any electrical work needs to be self-certified by an electrician, or the local authority building regulations department will need to check the work upon completion. Unfortunately, there is no cheaper DIY solution when it comes to electrical projects, hiring a professional electrician that can self-certify their work is in fact probably the cheapest option.
Below are some estimated costs of electrical safety certifications.
|Job Description||Avg. Cost||Duration|
|Part P Notification Local Council||£300||1-2 Hours|
|PAT Testing||£60||1-2 Hours|
|A Landlord Electrical Safety Report Certificate||£175||2-4 Hours|
|Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)||£200||2-4 Hours|
The typical costs of an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) - Total Cost: £200