Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)
An EICR is an Electrical Installation Condition Report. It is a formal document that is produced following an assessment of the electrical installation within a property. It must be carried out by an experienced qualified electrician or approved contractor. Usually this means they will have taken a course covering periodic inspection and testing and are registered with the JIB or a scheme provider such as the NICEIC plus has a good working knowledge and experience of electrical installations.
There are many reasons why a householder might request an EICR and indeed they are highly recommended where proof may be required to show an electrical installation is safe. One of the more common reasons an EICR is requested is in rented accommodation where an EICR is the most straightforward and least time consuming method of proving an electrical installation is safe.
An EICR is also recommended in all domestic homes every 10 years to check the condition of the electrical installation and ensure there is no deterioration, however there may be reasons why an EICR would need to be done more often.
Frequently Asked Questions
When do I need to carry out an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)?
It’s recommended that with a rented property an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is to be carried out every 5 years or every change of occupancy. If you are a homeowner and living in the property it’s recommended a report is carried out every 10 years, the older the installation the more often an EICR should be carried out.
How long does an EICR take?
Most Electrical Installation Condition reports (EICR) take around 3-5 hours to complete.
What does and EICR include?
During an EICR, the consumer unit (or fuseboard), wiring and electrical accessories are thoroughly tested and inspected for faults or deviations from the Wiring Standards. Throughout the test, the following will be inspected and tested:
The adequacy of the earthing and bonding.
Devices for protection against fire and electric shock.
Any damage or wear and tear that might affect the safety of the properties inhabitants.
Identification of any damaged electrical fittings and accessories.
Identification of any exposed live wires that could cause a fire or injury
How much does an Electrical Installation Condition report cost?
Rates below are for works being carried out Monday – Friday 8 -5pm
1 bedroom property £180.00*
2 Bedroom Property £180.00*
3 Bedroom Property £180.00*
4 Bedroom Property £200.00*
5 Bedroom Property £200.00*
*Rates are subject to VAT