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Do I need building regs for a new consumer unit?

Do I need building regs for a new consumer unit?

Everything else, such as installing complete new circuits or changing a fuse board for a consumer unit, is classed as ‘notifiable work’. This requires a Building Regulations application to be made in advance so the work can be inspected and checked.

How high can a consumer unit be?

Approved Document M recommends that in new dwellings, switches, sockets and other equipment should be located between 450mm and 1200mm from finished floor level, it also suggests that consumer units are mounted so that the switches are between 1350mm and 1450mm above floor level.

Can a consumer unit be upstairs?

Whilst Approved Document M does not recommend a height for new consumer units, the 2013 version of Approved Document P points out that one way of complying with Part M in new dwellings is to mount consumer units so that the switches are between 1350mm and 1450mm above floor level.

Can a consumer unit be mounted in a cupboard?

The new requirement is that consumer units must be positioned so that the switches are mounted between 1350mm to 1450mm above floor level. The consumer unit has often been positioned at a high level, in kitchen cupboards or above doors and coat pegs. The new requirement effectively outlaws all these positions.

Can I change a consumer unit myself?

Removal of the electricity distributor’s main fuse yourself is not legal, however it is common practice. Unofficially it is reported that many of the supply companies would prefer electricians do this, rather than take the risk of working live.

Can I install a consumer unit myself?

Your electrician should offer to test their work and give you an Electrical Installation Certificate (a legal requirement). Without a certificate, you might run into problems when you attempt to sell your home later, so it’s pointless doing the work yourself.

Can I use a 17th edition consumer unit?

Yes, if an appliance affects the essential safety operation of an installation’s R.C.D. (s) when required, it causes a risk for the whole or a large part of that installation if a split load consumer unit is used. The appliance is introducing a hazard and should not be used.

Can a consumer unit be in a bathroom?

Totally non compliant with BS7671:2008, so the consumer unit must be moved to an area outside the bathroom.

What can you mount a consumer unit on?

Mount it on whatever you like, plywood, chipboard, mdf, plasterboard etc. You’re not expecting to get flames out of the back of your c/unit are you! Personaly I prefer to attach them straight onto the wall.

Where can a consumer unit go?

Consumer units should be located so they can easily be reached whenever it is necessary so it is in compliance with Part M of the building regulations. They should be mounted with the switches at a height of between 0.45m & 1.2m above floor level.

Can a consumer unit be fitted in a kitchen?

It’s not illegal not to have RCDs, but if you fitted a new consumer unit, you’d have to have them. In a kitchen, the RCD is important, because it would shut off supply before you got a shock. Building regulations have changed more than once in the last decade, so you’ll need to ensure that you have 30mA RCD protection.

Is it hard to change a consumer unit?

Fitting a new consumer can be quite an involved job, where the power needs to be switched off for a few hours and each circuit connected to its relevant protective device. Both before and after powering up, thorough electrical testing is carried out and recorded as an Electrical Installation Certificate.