New electrical requirements
Since October 2013 new electrical requirements state that except for minor electrical work* only a Registered Electrical Contractor (REC) can carry out electrical work in a Domestic Property.
* Minor electrical works generally involves “like for like” replacements of switches, sockets, lighting fittings and/or additions to an existing circuit. This work must also be in compliance with the National Wiring Rules.
Examples of minor works:
- Replacement of an electrical accessory such as light switch;
- Replacement or relocation of light fitting where the existing circuit is retained; and
- Provision of an additional socket to an existing radial circuit.
Examples of work that cannot be carried out under minor works:
- Working or operating within the fuseboard or consumer unit
- Working in a wet room i.e. bathroom (cannot electrically install an electric shower)
A fine for non-compliance is up to €15,000 and/or 3 years in prison. Even though it is not a legal requirement for minor electrical works to be completed by an REC, the work must be in compliance with the national wiring rules and from a safety prespective, should only be carried out be competent individuals.