Planning permission is not generally required for installing or replacing electrical circuits. However, if you live in a listed building you are advised to contact your Local Planning Authority before carrying our any work. If you are carrying out electrical work in your home or garden in England and Wales, you will have to follow new rules in the Building Regulations.
You should use an installer who is registered with a competent person scheme, such as NICEIC, to seek approval from a Building Control body. This is true for most work. However, you do not need to tell them about repairs, replacements and maintenance work or extra power points or lighting points or other alterations to existing circuits (except in a kitchen or bathroom, or outdoors).
The NICEIC has been assessing the technical competence of electrical contractors for over 50 years, and their aim is to protect everyone who uses electricity from unsafe electrical installations in their homes, places of work and leisure.
Health and safety is important to us, and as a registered NICEIC electrical contractors, we are regularly assessed on the work we have done, our premises, documentation, equipment and the competence of our key supervisory staff. Most Local Authorities insist that all electrical work is restricted to NICEIC approved contractors and the benefit to customers is that we can self-certify our work without hindrance from Local Authority Building Control, saving you time and money.
If the electrical work of a registered contractor if found to be below the accepted technical standard, NICEIC requires the contractor to correct the work, at no additional cost to the customer.