What electrical work can I do myself?

ELECTRICAL SAFETY REGULATIONS 2010 state you can do the following electrical works yourself

  • Low voltage fittings
  • (a) work done on low voltage fittings, but only if the work is done in accordance with ECP 51, and without payment or reward, and the work consists of—
    • (i) replacing a fuse link with a fuse link or plug-in miniature circuit breaker of an appropriate rating; or
    • (ii) affixing a plug, adaptor, cord extension socket, or appliance connector of an appropriate rating to a flexible cord designed for that purpose:
  • Extra-low voltage supply
  • (b) work done on installations, fittings, or appliances that—
    • (i) are intended solely for connection to, or are associated solely with, electricity supplies not exceeding extra-low voltage; and
    • (ii) are not in a hazardous area:
  • (c) work done on installations or fittings that—
    • (i) are intended solely for connection to, or are associated solely with, electricity supplies not exceeding extra-low voltage; and
    • (ii) are not in a medical location:
  • (d) repairing or adjusting fittings, or replacing fittings with the same or comparable fittings, in installations or appliances, but only if the work can be done without exposure to live parts intended to operate at voltages exceeding extra-low voltage:
  • Operation
  • (e) operating works, installations, or appliances, including the loading, removal, or replacement of fuse links:
  • Isolating and earthing
  • (f) operating or switching works, installations, or appliances for the purpose of isolating and earthing the works, installations, or appliances, including manually applying or removing temporary earthing or bonding fittings and manually removing and reinserting fuses:
  • Electric lines
  • (g) constructing overhead electric lines as part of any works, but only if the lines are being installed on poles or other supports that do not carry fittings that are already connected to a power supply:
  • (h) constructing underground electric lines as part of any works, but only if the lines are being connected to fittings or installations that are not already connected to a power supply:
  • Permanent removal
  • (i) permanently removing, dismantling, or demolishing works or installations that have been permanently disconnected from a power supply:
  • Appliances
  • (j) maintaining appliances, but only if the work is done in accordance with user instructions prepared by the manufacturer and supplied with the appliance to the user:
  • (k) repairing or reworking an appliance, but only if it is undertaken in accordance with the instructions of the original manufacturer of the appliance:
  • (l) rewinding coils and armatures:
  • Testing, teaching, experimenting, etc
  • (m) installing temporary conductors between fittings (or between appliances, or between fittings and appliances) or repairing fittings and appliances, but only if the fittings or appliances are used for experimental, testing, demonstration, teaching, or research purposes in any electrical engineering workshop, manufacturing facility, electrical test facility, laboratory, hospital, research project, or teaching institution:
  • (n) experimental work on radio transmitters, receivers, and electronic apparatus, but only if the work is not carried out for payment or reward:
  • Telecommunications work
  • (o) work done on or in connection with telecommunications lines or equipment where—
    • (i) the lines or equipment operate at telecommunications network voltage; or
    • (ii) the magnitude and duration of any shock currents cannot exceed IEC shock current standards; or
    • (iii) the work can be done without exposure to voltages that exceed telecommunications network voltage or to shock currents that exceed IEC shock current standards:
  • Electric cars
  • (p) any work on electric cars (being road vehicles that use electricity generated within the vehicle, or electricity supplied from a standard low voltage supply, as its motive energy source):
  • Electric fences
  • (q) any work relating to the conductors, supports, or insulators of electric fences, and connecting them to, or disconnecting them from, an electric fence controller:
  • Temporary earthing
  • (r) applying or removing temporary bonding conductors to or from any metal pipe or tube that forms (whether by design or not) part of an earthing system, but only if the temporary bonding conductor is for the purpose of maintaining a continuous path to earth during work on the pipe or tube:
  • New Zealand Defence Force apparatus
  • (s) assembling and repairing radio apparatus, fire control equipment, or searchlights used solely for defence purposes under the control of the New Zealand Defence Force, but only if the officer or non-commissioned officer who has control of the apparatus, equipment, or searchlight has directed the conditions of security that must be observed in the assembly or repair:
  • Excluded things
  • (t) work on any of the things identified in regulation 3 as things that these regulations do not apply to.

Schedule 1 clause 2(e): amended, on 10 November 2011, by regulation 45(5) of the Electricity (Safety) Amendment Regulations 2011 (SR 2011/370).

Schedule 1 clause 2(f): amended, on 10 November 2011, by regulation 45(6) of the Electricity (Safety) Amendment Regulations 2011 (SR 2011/370).

Schedule 1 clause 2(g): amended, on 10 November 2011, by regulation 45(7) of the Electricity (Safety) Amendment Regulations 2011 (SR 2011/370).

Schedule 1 clause 2(m): amended, on 10 November 2011, by regulation 45(8)(a) of the Electricity (Safety) Amendment Regulations 2011 (SR 2011/370).

Schedule 1 clause 2(m): amended, on 10 November 2011, by regulation 45(8)(b) of the Electricity (Safety) Amendment Regulations 2011 (SR 2011/370).

Schedule 1 clause 2(r): amended, on 10 November 2011, by regulation 45(9) of the Electricity (Safety) Amendment Regulations 2011 (SR 2011/370).

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