Homeowners should only carry out electrical work if competent to do so, and if they can
inspect and test that it is safe for use. Rules for carrying out work in the bathroom were
tightened in 2005 to prevent the number of accidents caused by faulty DIY electrical work.
To comply with the law homeowners must now notify their local building control office before
they begin any work and pay the appropriate fee to have it inspected.
The simplest way to ensure any electrical work is carried out safely and to a high standard is to
use a government-registered electrician, such as one registered with NICEIC. They will notify
building control on your behalf and issue you with a building regulations compliance certificate,
to prove it meets the required safety standards.