DIY/When do I need an electrical worker?

What electrical work can you do yourself?

There is a limited amount of electrical work you can do when wiring in your own home. This is listed in Regulation 57 of the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010 and includes:

  • Removing and replacing fuse links
  • Connecting and disconnecting permanently wired appliances
  • Moving switches, sockets and lighting outlets, but only if they are wired with tough, plastic-sheathed cables
  • Replacing switches, socket outlets, light fittings, ceiling roses, water heater switches, thermostats and elements.

Before you do any work yourself, make sure that you are familiar with Electrical Code of Practice 51 (external link) .

The owner of an electrical appliance may do any prescribed electrical work, or assist in doing any prescribed electrical work, in relation to that appliance under certain circumstances.

Refer to section 80 of the Electricity Act 1992 (external link) for the detail of this exemption.

This work must be done in accordance with Electrical Code of Practice 50 (external link) .

Any uncertainty

If you are unsure of anything at any time contact a licensed electrical worker immediately.

Work that must be done by a suitably authorised electrical worker

Any work not appearing in the list in Regulation 57 of the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010 must be carried out by a suitably authorised electrical worker.