Electricity Regulations 1997

  • revoked
  • Electricity Regulations 1997: revoked, on 1 April 2010, by regulation 120 of the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010 (SR 2010/36).

Reprint
as at 1 April 2010

Electricity Regulations 1997

(SR 1997/60)

Thomas Eichelbaum, Administrator of the Government

Order in Council

At Wellington this 7th day of April 1997

Present:
The Right Hon J B Bolger presiding in Council

  • Electricity Regulations 1997: revoked, on 1 April 2010, by regulation 120 of the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010 (SR 2010/36).


Note

Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this eprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this eprint, together with other explanatory material about this eprint.

These regulations are administered in the Ministry of Commerce.


Pursuant to section 169 of the Electricity Act 1992, His Excellency the Administrator of the Government, acting by and with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, makes the following regulations.

Contents

Part 1
Preliminary provisions

1 Title and commencement

2 Interpretation

3 Application

Part 2
Registration and licences

Registration

4 Requirements for registration and provisional licences

Examinations

5 Holding of examinations

6 Eligibility to sit examinations

7 Applications for examination and re-marking

Notices

8 Receipt of notices

Registers

9 Registers

10 Entries in registers

11 Inspection of registers

Practising licences

12 Practising licences

13 Conditions for issue of practising licences

Replacement certificates and licences

14 Replacement certificates and licences

Recognition of overseas workers

15 Persons qualified overseas

Employer licences

16 Requirements prescribed for employer licences

Part 3
Prescribed electrical work and worker safety

Prescribed electrical work

17 Prescribed electrical work

Restrictions on prescribed electrical work

18 Prescribed electrical work registered electrical service technicians may do

19 Prescribed electrical work registered line mechanics may do

20 Prescribed electrical work registered electricians and registered electrical inspectors may do

21 Prescribed electrical work qualified engineers may do

22 Prescribed electrical work holders of provisional licences may do

23 Prescribed electrical work trainees may do

24 Work on live high voltage overhead electric lines [Revoked]

Competency requirements and safety tuition, etc

25 Competency requirements for electrical workers

26 Safety tuition for electrical workers

27 Assistance for work on certain live high voltage fittings [Revoked]

Requirements in relation to work on or near overhead electric lines

28 Work on live high voltage conductors of overhead electric lines

29 Work on live conductors of low voltage overhead electric lines in electrical installations

30 Safe approach distances

31 Construction of overhead lines on existing poles or other supports

Temporary earthing requirements

32 Temporary earthing requirements

33 Further provisions relating to temporary earthing requirements [Revoked]

Warning notices, safety locks, and safety instructions

34 Warning notices, safety locks, and safety instructions

Associated equipment

35 Responsibility of employers for safety of employees

36 Safety responsibilities of person who carries out work

Testing, certification, and inspection

37 Testing of prescribed electrical work

38 Testing electrical appliances

39 Certification of prescribed electrical work

40 Further provisions relating to certification of prescribed electrical work

41 Inspection of prescribed electrical work

42 Further provisions relating to inspection of prescribed electrical work

43 Forms for certificates of compliance other than under employer licences

43A Connection of electrical installations to electricity

44 Suppliers of electricity to new or recommissioned electrical installations and switchboards

45 Connection of power supply for testing, certification, or inspection purposes

Safety checks for particular installations

46 Safety checks for particular electrical installations and electrical appliances

Limits of home-owners' and tradespersons' work

47 Home-owners' electrical wiring work

48 Maintenance of domestic appliances

49 Limits and requirements of exemption for tradespersons

Notification to Secretary

50 Notification to Secretary

Offences

51 Offences

Part 4
Systems of supply

Systems in general

52 Systems in general

53 Voltage

54 Meter accuracy

55 Frequency

56 Quality of supply

57 Change in supply characteristics

58 Electrical interference with telecommunications lines, etc

59 Keeping of records and plans

Earthing, protection measures, warning notices, etc

60 Earthing requirements for works

61 Protective fittings

62 Protection against fault currents

63 Further provisions relating to protection against fault currents [Revoked]

64 Protection against overload current

65 Isolation fittings for works and electrical installations

66 Strength of works and warning notices

Offences

67 Offences

Part 5
Safety of works, electrical installations, fittings, and electrical appliances

General provisions

68 Works, electrical installations, fittings, and electrical appliances in existence on 1 April 1993

69 Electrical safety

69A Electrical installations

69B Compliance with regulation 69(1)

69C Compliance with design, construction, and installation requirements of regulation 69(1)

Cables, conductors, switches, plugs, etc

70 Cables and conductors

71 Identification of conductors [Revoked]

72 Position of switches and protective fittings

73 Storage capacitors [Revoked]

74 Plugs and socket outlets

75 Residual current protection devices [Revoked]

Electrical appliances

76 Fittings and electrical appliances

76A Non-complying fittings and electrical appliances

77 Handheld appliances

78 Compliance with Conformity Cooperation Agreement marks

78 Isolation of fixed wired appliances and ranges [Revoked]

Electric motors

[Revoked]

79 Particular requirements for electric motors [Revoked]

Switchboards

[Revoked]

80 Switchboards [Revoked]

81 MEN switchboards [Revoked]

82 Linked busbar switchboards [Revoked]

83 Distribution switchboards [Revoked]

Earthing requirements

84 Earthing in general

85 Fittings that must not or need not be earthed [Revoked]

86 Earthing system for MEN electrical installations

Miscellaneous provisions

87 Construction of works and electrical installations

88 Further provisions relating to construction of works and electrical installations [Revoked]

89 Electricity generation facilities and substations

90 Damp situations

91 Extra-low voltage installations

92 Conductor insulation for overhead electric lines

93 Safety distances from electric lines

93A Interference with, or movement of, works

94 Protection against direct and indirect electrical contact

95 Notification of existence of particular types of electrical installations [Revoked]

96 Notification of construction of or additions to electric lines [Revoked]

97 Connectable installations

98 Supply of electricity to connectable installations

99 Arbitrators

Offences

100 Offences

Part 6
Miscellaneous provisions

Declared articles

101 Declared articles

101A Specified fittings or electrical appliances

Prohibitions, exemptions, and urgent instructions

102 Prohibition of fittings and electrical appliances

103 Secretary's exemptions from requirements

104 Chief executive responsible for Building Act 2004 may grant exemptions

105 Issuing of urgent instructions

Accident reports

106 Details to be provided in reporting accidents

Offences

107 Offences

Transitional provisions

108 Approvals, modifications, permissions, etc, under earlier regulations

Fees

109 Fees

Revocations

110 Revocations

Schedule 1
Qualifications for registration as electrician

Schedule 2
Qualifications for registration as electrical service technician

Schedule 3
Qualifications for registration as line mechanic

Schedule 4
Qualifications for registration as electrical inspector

Schedule 5
Conditions to be fulfilled by applicants for practising licences

Schedule 6
Overseas qualifications

Schedule 7
Subject-matter for course of tuition for tradespersons

Schedule 8
Declared articles

[Revoked]

Schedule 9
Prescribed fees


Regulations

Part 1
Preliminary provisions

1 Title and commencement
  • (1) These regulations may be cited as the Electricity Regulations 1997.

    (2) These regulations come into force on 9 May 1997.

2 Interpretation
  • (1) In these regulations, unless the context otherwise requires,—

    a.c. means alternating current

    Act means the Electricity Act 1992

    all practicable steps has the same meaning as in section 2(1) of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992

    arm's reach means 2.5 m vertically upwards, and 1.25 m sideways or downwards, from any point on a surface where persons usually stand or move about

    AS means Australian Standard

    AS/NZS means a joint Australian and New Zealand Standard

    caravan park means an area of land—

    • (a) that is used, or intended to be used, to site 2 or more vehicles or relocatable buildings containing connectable installations; and

    • (b) on which are installed fittings to supply electricity to those installations

    certificate of compliance means a certificate issued in accordance with regulation 39

    certificate of verification means a document certifying that any inspection, checking, and testing necessary to verify compliance with section 5 of NZS 3019 has been successfully completed

    conductor means a wire, cable, bar, or tube, used or placed in position for the conveyance of electricity; but does not include the wire of an electric fence

    Conformity Cooperation Agreement means the Agreement between the Government of New Zealand and the Government of the People's Republic of China on Cooperation in the Field of Conformity Assessment in Relation to Electrical and Electronic Equipment and Components, which is Annex 14 of the Free Trade Agreement between the Government of New Zealand and the Government of the People's Republic of China done at Beijing on 7 April 2008

    Conformity Cooperation Agreement marks means the marks that are required by the Conformity Cooperation Agreement

    d.c. means direct current

    direct contact means contact, by any person or animal, with live parts, including contact by any thing being carried or worn by that person or animal

    earthed means effectively connected to the general mass of earth

    electric line means all conductors (including fittings supporting, or connected to, those conductors), whether above or below ground, that are used, or intended to be used, in, or in connection with, the supply of electricity from the outgoing terminals of a generating station, a building, enclosure, or other structure to—

    • (a) the incoming terminals of another building, enclosure, or other structure; or

    • (b) an electrical appliance, in any case where the electrical appliance is supplied with electricity other than from a terminal in a building, enclosure, or other structure

    electrically safe has the same meaning as in regulation 69(2)

    employer licence means an employer licence issued under section 101 of the Act

    extra-low voltage means any voltage normally not exceeding 50 volts a.c. or 120 volts ripple-free d.c.

    generating station means those parts of works that are used principally for the generation of electricity

    hazardous area means an area in which an explosive atmosphere is present, or may be expected to be present, in quantities that require special precautions for the construction, installation, and use of electrical equipment

    high voltage means voltage exceeding 1,000 volts a.c. or 1,500 volts d.c.

    IEC, when immediately followed by a number, means a standard of that number set by the International Electrotechnical Commission

    IEC shock currents standard means the magnitude and duration of shock currents specified in Zones AC-1 and AC-2 of Figure 14 of IEC 60479-1 for a.c. currents, and Zones DC-1 and DC-2 of Figure 15 of IEC 60479-1 for d.c. currents

    indirect contact means contact, by a person or animal, with exposed conductive parts that are live under fault conditions, including contact by any thing being carried or worn by that person or animal

    insulated, in relation to conductors and other fittings, means that the conductors or fittings are covered with insulation in such a manner that a person may safely handle them when they are live

    isolated, in relation to fittings or electrical appliances, means that the fittings or appliances are deliberately disconnected from any source of electricity

    isolating transformer means a transformer that has its input and output windings electrically separated to limit hazards that may occur due to accidental simultaneous contact between earth and—

    • (a) live parts; or

    • (b) metal parts that may become live in the event of an insulation fault

    live or alive means charged with electricity so that a difference in voltage exists to earth or between conductors

    low voltage means any voltage exceeding 50 volts a.c. or 120 volts ripple-free d.c. but not exceeding 1,000 volts a.c. or 1,500 volts d.c.

    main earthing system means an earthing system of an electrical installation—

    • (a) that operates at standard low voltage; and

    • (b) that incorporates both an earth electrode and an earthing lead that is connected at that earth electrode and at the switchboard

    main switchboard, in respect of an electrical installation, means the switchboard that is used by the consumer to provide the greatest degree of control of the supply of electricity to that installation

    mains means those fittings forming part of an electrical installation that are used for the supply of electricity to the main switchboard of that installation

    mains parallel generation system means fittings that—

    • (a) are used or intended for use by any person in the generation of, or in connection with the generation of, electricity for that person's use; and

    • (b) are capable of supplying electricity to fittings that, at the same time, are supplied with electricity from other systems of electrical supply

    MEN switchboard means a switchboard that has a connection to an earth electrode via an earthing lead, and a connection between earth and neutral made by a removable link, for the purposes of a MEN system

    Multiple Earthed Neutral System or MEN system means a system of supply of electricity in which the neutral is connected to the earth—

    • (a) at the source of supply; and

    • (b) at points on the supply system; and

    • (c) at every electrical installation connected to that system

    NZS means New Zealand Standard

    personal protective equipment means items of apparel and equipment worn by a person that are intended either to prevent the occurrence of harm to the person or to minimise any harm that may occur from hazards that are present in the workplace or hazards that may arise in the course of work

    prescribed electrical work has the same meaning as in regulation 17

    residual current device or RCD means a device for isolating supply to protected circuits, socket-outlets, or electrical appliances in the event of a current flow to earth that exceeds a predetermined level

    safety extra-low voltage means extra-low voltage in a circuit that is isolated from the electricity supply mains by means such as a safety isolating transformer

    safety isolating transformer means an isolating transformer designed to supply safety extra-low voltage circuits

    service protective fitting means a fitting that can interrupt the supply of electricity to an electrical installation

    shock currents means electrical currents that pass through the body of a person or animal, and that have characteristics that are likely to cause disorders of physiological processes of the body

    source of supply means either the generating station or the substation from which electricity, at the voltage at which it is delivered to the consumer, is derived

    standard low voltage means,—

    • (a) in respect of electricity supplied by either a single-phase MEN system or a multiple-phase MEN system, a nominal voltage of 230 volts a.c. between phase and neutral; or

    • (b) in respect of electricity supplied by any other system, a nominal voltage,—

      • (i) in relation to single-phase supplies, of 230 volts a.c. between conductors; or

      • (ii) in relation to two-phase supplies, of 400 volts a.c. or 460 volts a.c. between conductors; or

      • (iii) in relation to multiple-phase supplies, of 400 volts a.c. between conductors

    submain means those fittings forming part of an electrical installation that are used for the supply of electricity from the main switchboard to another switchboard, whether or not through intermediate switchboards

    substation means those parts of works or electrical installations, being a building, structure, or enclosure, incorporating fittings that are used principally for the purposes of the control of the distribution of electricity

    suitably qualified auditor suitably qualified auditor means—

    • (a) a person who holds a relevant audit qualification recognised under the Joint Accreditation System- Australia New Zealand; or

    • (b) a person who satisfies the Secretary that the person is competent to assess a system or operation referred to in section 101 of the Act and regulation 16

    telecommunications line means a line within the meaning of section 5 of the Telecommunications Act 2001

    telecommunications network voltage, in relation to telecommunications lines or equipment, means a voltage that is not greater than the limits specified in AS/NZS 60950.

    (2) Unless the context otherwise requires, terms used in these regulations that are not defined in subclause (1) or in the Act have the meaning given to them (if any),—

    • (a) in the case of electrical installations, in AS/NZS 3000; and

    • (b) in all other cases, in IEC 60050.

    (3) In these regulations,—

    ECP 34 means the New Zealand Electrical Code of Practice for Electrical Safe Distances (NZECP34:2001) issued on 9 August 2001

    ECP 35 means the New Zealand Electrical Code of Practice for Power Systems Earthing (NZECP35:1993) issued on 4 February 1993

    ECP 36 means the New Zealand Electrical Code of Practice for Harmonic Levels (NZECP36:1993) issued on 4 February 1993

    ECP 41 means the New Zealand Electrical Code of Practice for Single Wire Earth Return Systems (NZECP41:1993) issued on 4 February 1993

    ECP 50 means the New Zealand Electrical Code of Practice for Repair of Domestic Electrical Equipment (NZECP50:1993) issued on 4 February 1993

    ECP 51 means the New Zealand Electrical Code of Practice for Electrical Wiring Work in Domestic Premises (NZECP51:1993) issued on 4 February 1993

    ECP 52 means the New Zealand Electrical Code of Practice for Retrofit Heaters for Spa-Pool Installations (NZECP 52: 1996) issued on 15 May 1996

    ECP 54 means the New Zealand Electrical Code of Practice for Electrical Installations of Recessed Luminaires and Auxiliary Equipment (NZECP 54:2001) issued on 5 April 2001

    ECP 60 means the New Zealand Electrical Code of Practice for Inspection, Testing and Certification of Low Voltage AC Railway Signalling Control Circuits (NZECP 60: 1997) issued on 6 July 1997.

    (4) In these regulations,—

    AS/NZS 2381.1 means the Joint Australian/New Zealand Standard known as AS/NZS 2381.1:1999 (Electrical equipment for explosive atmospheres - Selection, installation, and maintenance – General requirements)

    AS/NZS 2500 means the Joint Australian/New Zealand Standard known as AS/NZS 2500:1995 (Guide to the safe use of electricity in patient care); and includes the amendment to that standard known as Amendment A: 2003

    AS/NZS 3000 means the Joint Australian/New Zealand Standard known as AS/NZS 3000:2000 (Australia/New Zealand Wiring Rules); and includes the amendment to that standard known as Amendment 3: 2003

    AS/NZS 3001 means the Joint Australian/New Zealand Standard known as AS/NZS 3001:2001 (Electrical installations – Movable premises (including caravans and their site installations))

    AS/NZS 3002 means the Joint Australian/New Zealand Standard known as AS/NZS 3002:2002 (Electrical installations – Shows and carnivals)

    AS/NZS 3003 means the Joint Australian/New Zealand Standard known as AS/NZS 3003:2003 (Electrical installations – Patient treatment areas of hospitals and medical and dental practices)

    AS/NZS 3004 means the Joint Australian/New Zealand Standard known as AS/NZS 3004:2002 (Electrical installations – Marinas and pleasure craft at low voltage)

    AS/NZS 3012 means the Joint Australian/New Zealand Standard known as AS/NZS 3012:2003 (Electrical installations – Construction and demolition sites)

    AS/NZS 3014 means the Joint Australian/New Zealand Standard known as AS/NZS 3014:2003 (Electrical installations — Electric fences).

    AS/NZS 3016 means the Joint Australian/New Zealand Standard known as AS/NZS 3016:2002 (Electrical installations – Electric security fences)

    AS/NZS 3112 means the Joint Australian/New Zealand Standard known as AS/NZS 3112:2000 (Approval and test specification – Plugs and socket-outlets)

    AS/NZS 3350.2.98 means the Joint Australian/New Zealand Standard known as Humidifiers AS/NZS 3350.2.98:1998 (Safety of household and similar electrical appliances - Particular requirements)

    AS/NZS 3551 means the Joint Australian/New Zealand Standard known as AS/NZS 3551:1996 (Technical management programmes for medical devices); and includes the amendment to that standard known as Amendment A: 2003.

    AS/NZS 3760 means the Joint Australian/New Zealand Standard known as AS/NZS 3760:2001 (Inservice safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment)

    AS/NZS 3820 means the Joint Australian/New Zealand Standard known as AS/NZS 3820:1998 (Essential safety requirements for low voltage electrical equipment)

    AS/NZS 3832 means the Joint Australian/New Zealand Standard known as AS/NZS 3832:1998 (Cold cathode illumination systems)

    AS/NZS 4249 means the Joint Australian/New Zealand Standard known as AS/NZS 4249:1994 (Electrical safety practices - Film, video, and television sites)

    AS/NZS 4417 means the Joint Australian/New Zealand Standard known as AS/NZS 4417:1998 (Marking of electrical products to indicate compliance with regulations (all parts))

    AS/NZS 4701 means the Joint Australian/New Zealand Standard known as AS/NZS 4701:2000 (Requirements for domestic electrical appliances for reconditioning or parts recycling)

    AS/NZS 60950 means the Joint Australian/New Zealand Standard known as AS/NZS 60950:2000 (Safety of information technology equipment)

    BS 196 means the British Standard known as BS 196:1961 (Specification for protected type non-reversible plugs, socket-outlets, cable couplers, and appliance couplers with earthing contacts for single phase a.c. circuits up to 350 volts)

    IEC 60050 means the International Electrotechnical Commission Standard known as IEC 60050 (International Electrotechnical Vocabulary)

    IEC 60309 means IEC 60309-1988, Plugs, socket-outlets, and couplers for industrial purposes

    IEC 60479-1 means IEC 60479-1:1994, Effects of current on human beings and livestock - Part 1: General

    NZS 1989 means the New Zealand Standard known as NZS 1989:1965 (Specification for protected type non-reversible plugs, socket-outlets, cable couplers and appliance couplers with earthing contacts for single phase a.c. circuits up to 350 volts)

    NZS 3003.1 means the New Zealand Standard known as NZS 3003.1:2003 (Electrical installations – Patient treatment areas of hospitals and dental practices)

    NZS 3019 means the Interim New Zealand Standard known as NZS 3019 (Int):2002 (Electrical installations - In-service testing).

    Regulation 2: substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 3 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 2(1) Conformity Cooperation Agreement: inserted, on 1 October 2008, by regulation 9 of the Electricity (China Free Trade Agreement) Regulations 2008 (SR 2008/223).

    Regulation 2(1) Conformity Cooperation Agreement marks: inserted, on 1 October 2008, by regulation 9 of the Electricity (China Free Trade Agreement) Regulations 2008 (SR 2008/223).

    Regulation 2(4) AS/NZS 2500: substituted, on 8 January 2004, by regulation 3(1) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/355).

    Regulation 2(4) AS/NZS 3000: substituted, on 8 January 2004, by regulation 3(1) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/355).

    Regulation 2(4) AS/NZS 3003: substituted, on 8 January 2004, by regulation 3(1) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/355).

    Regulation 2(4) AS/NZS 3012: substituted, on 8 January 2004, by regulation 3(1) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/355).

    Regulation 2(4) AS/NZS 3551: inserted, on 8 January 2004, by regulation 3(2) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/355).

    Regulation 2(4) AS/NZS 3016: substituted, on 8 January 2004, by regulation 3(1) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/355).

    Regulation 2(4) AS/NZS 3551: substituted, on 8 January 2004, by regulation 3(1) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/355).

    Regulation 2(4) NZS 3003.1: inserted, on 8 January 2004, by regulation 3(3) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/355).

3 Application
  • These regulations do not apply to—

    • (a) fittings of any road vehicle (excluding any vehicles or relocatable buildings containing connectable installations) used for propulsion, lighting, or heating of the vehicle, or used for self-contained lifting or hoisting equipment, provided that those fittings do not receive a supply of electricity from an external power supply and do not supply electricity to any premises; or

    • (b) fittings or electrical appliances manufactured solely for export or imported solely for re-export; or

    • (c) fittings of any conveyance, being a ship (excluding pleasure vessels containing connectable installations), aircraft, vessel, train, locomotive, tram, or trolley bus,—

    except in so far as any requirement in these regulations specifically applies to any matter or thing covered by this regulation.

    Regulation 3(c): amended, on 18 November 1999, by regulation 3 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 1999 (SR 1999/369).

Part 2
Registration and licences

Registration

4 Requirements for registration and provisional licences
  • (1) The qualifications for registration as an electrician are those set out in Schedule 1.

    (2) The qualifications for registration as an electrical service technician are those set out in Schedule 2.

    (3) The qualifications for registration as a line mechanic are those set out in Schedule 3.

    (4) The qualifications for registration as an electrical inspector are those set out in Schedule 4.

    (5) An application for a provisional licence must be made on the form approved by the Board for the purpose, and must be accompanied by the prescribed fee.

Examinations

5 Holding of examinations
  • (1) The Board may, from time to time at such places as it may determine, hold or arrange for the holding of examinations of candidates for registration.

    (2) The Board must, by such means as the Board thinks fit, give notice of—

    • (a) the dates and places at which examinations are to be held; and

    • (b) the date by which applications for entry to the examinations must be made; and

    • (c) the minimum standard required in order to pass the examinations; and

    • (d) the materials that candidates will require for the examinations; and

    • (e) any restrictions on the use, in the examinations, of written and other materials.

    (3) The Board may decline to hold or arrange for the holding of any examination where the Board considers that the total number of candidates is insufficient.

    (4) The Board may appoint persons as examiners for the conduct of the examinations.

    (5) After the examination, the Registrar must notify each candidate by post of—

    • (a) the candidate's marks; and

    • (b) whether or not the candidate has met the minimum standard required to pass the examination; and

    • (c) the date on which the notification takes effect; and

    • (d) the time by which the candidate may apply for a re-examination of answers to the written examination.

6 Eligibility to sit examinations
  • (1) Subject to subclause (2), a person who has completed the relevant courses in respect of which examinations are to be held is entitled to sit the examinations.

    (2) The Board may allow a person to sit an examination if it is satisfied that the person has completed a relevant part of a course in respect of which an examination is to be held, or has received alternative tuition in the subject-matter of the examination that is equivalent to that in the relevant course.

    (3) The Board may require that a candidate satisfy the Board of the candidate's identity.

    (4) Where a candidate arrives at the place where an examination is to be held, the supervisor of the examination may require that candidate to provide such proof of the candidate's identity as the supervisor thinks fit.

    (5) Where the Board is not satisfied that the person who applied to sit the examination is the person that sat the examination, then the Board may declare the examination results of that person invalid.

7 Applications for examination and re-marking
  • (1) Subject to subclause (2), applications for entry to examinations must be—

    • (a) made on the form approved by the Board for the purpose; and

    • (b) accompanied by the prescribed fees for the written examination and either the practical assessment or the practical examination; and

    • (c) sent so as to reach the Registrar not later than the date specified by the Board in the notice given pursuant to regulation 5(2).

    (2) The Board may, if it thinks fit, on application made on the form approved by the Board for the purpose, accompanied by the prescribed fee,—

    • (a) permit entry to an examination if the application is made not later than 14 days from the date specified by the Board pursuant to regulation 5(2)(b); or

    • (b) permit the applicant to have a special examination at a particular place or under particular conditions agreed to by the Board.

    (3) An application for the re-marking of a person's answers to a written examination must be—

    • (a) made on the form approved by the Board for the purpose; and

    • (b) accompanied by the prescribed fee; and

    • (c) sent so as to reach the Board not later than 21 days after the date on which the notification of the examination results takes effect, as notified by the Registrar pursuant to regulation 5(5).

    (4) Any person who has sat any examination to which this Part applies is entitled to the return of that person's examination scripts upon payment of the prescribed fee.

Notices

8 Receipt of notices
  • (1) Every person making application for registration under the Act, and every person so registered, must notify the Board forthwith of any change of address to which notices may be sent to that person.

    (2) Notices given by the Registrar under this Part are sufficient if signed by the Registrar, addressed to the applicant at the address stated in the applicant's application (or any change of address notified in accordance with subclause (1)), and sent to that address.

    (3) Notices to which subclause (2) applies are deemed to be received 3 days after the date on which they are sent.

Registers

9 Registers
  • The registers maintained by the Board in accordance with section 87 of the Act must contain the following information for each registered person:

    • (a) name and address:

    • (b) class of registration:

    • (c) date of registration:

    • (d) whether the person holds a current practising licence:

    • (e) any limits imposed by the Board under section 86 of the Act on the work that the person may undertake.

    Regulation 9: substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 4 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

10 Entries in registers
  • (1) Entries in each register must be made in the order in which directions to make the entries are received by the Registrar from the Board, or as directed by the Board.

    (2) A direction of the Board to make any entry in any register is sufficient if signed by the Presiding Member and given to the Registrar pursuant to a resolution of the Board.

11 Inspection of registers
  • (1) Any person may, without charge, inspect any register.

    (2) Any person may, on payment of the prescribed fee, obtain a copy certified under the hand of the Registrar of the particulars entered in respect of any person in any register.

Practising licences

12 Practising licences
  • (1) An application for a practising licence must be on the form approved by the Board for the purpose.

    (2) Every application for a practising licence must specify—

    • (a) whether the applicant is, at the date of the application, actively engaged in the class or classes of work in respect of which the applicant is registered; and

    • (b) whether the applicant has fulfilled those conditions specified in Schedule 5 that are relevant to the applicant; and

    • (c) where, at the date of the application, the applicant is not actively engaged in the class or classes of work in respect of which the applicant is registered,—

      • (i) the date when the applicant last carried out prescribed electrical work; and

      • (ii) the type of prescribed electrical work that the applicant last carried out.

    (3) An application for a practising licence must be accompanied by the prescribed fee.

    (4) A holder of a practising licence must carry that licence when carrying out prescribed electrical work for payment or reward.

13 Conditions for issue of practising licences
  • Before a practising licence may be issued to applicants for a practising licence, the applicants must fulfil those conditions specified in Schedule 5 that are relevant to them.

Replacement certificates and licences

14 Replacement certificates and licences
  • The Registrar may, on application made on the form approved by the Board for the purpose and on payment of the prescribed fee, issue a replacement certificate or licence where the applicant—

    • (a) returns to the Registrar the certificate or licence to be replaced; or

    • (b) satisfies the Registrar that the certificate or licence to be replaced has been lost or destroyed.

Recognition of overseas workers

15 Persons qualified overseas
  • (1) For the purposes of section 81(a) of the Act,—

    • (a) the qualifications specified in the first column of Part A of schedule 6 are recognised certificates for the purposes of registration as an electrician; and

    • (b) the conditions (if any) specified in the second column of Part A of Schedule 6 in relation to any such qualification must be fulfilled by the holder of such a qualification before that person may be registered as an electrician.

    (2) For the purposes of section 81(a) of the Act,—

    • (a) the qualifications specified in the first column of Part B of Schedule 6 are recognised certificates for the purposes of registration as a line mechanic; and

    • (b) the conditions (if any) specified in the second column of Part B of Schedule 6 in relation to any such qualification must be fulfilled by the holder of such a qualification before that person may be registered as a line mechanic.

    (3) For the purposes of section 81(a) of the Act, the qualification specified in Part C of Schedule 6 is a recognised certificate for the purposes of registration as an electrical service technician.

Employer licences

16 Requirements prescribed for employer licences
  • (1) For the purposes of section 101(1)(a) of the Act, the requirements for the system of operation which must be maintained by the holder of an employer licence are as follows:

    • (a) that the holder of the licence maintains a manual that identifies—

      • (i) the prescribed electrical work that the holder undertakes pursuant to the licence:

      • (ii) the employees or categories of employees of the holder of the licence who are to carry out that work:

      • (iii) the aspects of that work that may safely be undertaken by a particular employee or category of employees:

      • (iv) procedures for the carrying out of tasks within the work so identified:

      • (v) skill requirements for the work:

      • (vi) the training and instructions necessary for each employee or category of employees before carrying out any work, and any on-going training:

      • (vii) procedures for supervision of the performance of the work:

      • (viii) procedures for recording the completion of any work and the persons responsible for that work:

      • (ix) procedures for monitoring the work:

      • (x) procedures for recording and investigating injuries to employees or any other persons, or damage to any property, occurring as a result of the carrying out of the work:

      • (xi) remedial and preventative action in relation to subparagraph (x):

      • (xii) the location and address of each place of work from which the holder of the licence operates and that is intended to be covered by the licence:

      • (xiii) the person on the staff of the holder of the licence who is the contact person for the purposes of the licence; and

    • (b) that the holder of the licence has in place in that person's organisation the procedures outlined in subparagraphs (iv), (vii), (viii), (ix), and (x).

    (2) Every application for an employer licence must be on the form approved by the Secretary for the purpose, and must be accompanied by—

    • (a) a manual, or a copy of the manual, that sets out, in relation to the system of operation that the applicant proposes to maintain, the matters referred to in subclause (1)(a); and

    • (b) a report prepared by an independent and suitably qualified auditor certifying that the manual covers the requirements listed in subclause (1)(a) and that the applicant has in place the procedures referred to in subclause (1)(b).

    (3) Before the grant of an employer licence, the applicant must pay the prescribed fee.

    (4) The holder of an employer licence must, at intervals of not more than 12 months beginning on the date of the grant of the licence, supply a copy of a certificate from an independent and suitably qualified auditor that the manual is being adhered to and that the procedures are being maintained, and are effective, and remain appropriate.

Part 3
Prescribed electrical work and worker safety

Prescribed electrical work

17 Prescribed electrical work
  • (1) Subject to subclause (2), the following work is prescribed electrical work:

    • (a) in relation to works and electrical installations,—

      • (i) the installation of conductors:

      • (ii) the installation of fittings that are connected, or are intended to be connected, to conductors:

      • (iii) the maintenance of conductors:

      • (iv) the maintenance of fittings that are connected, or are intended to be connected, to conductors:

    • (b) the maintenance of electrical appliances:

    • (c) in relation to works, electrical installations, and electrical appliances, the connection or disconnection of conductors to or from a power supply, other than by means of—

      • (i) a plug; or

      • (ii) an appliance inlet; or

      • (iii) a pin—

      that is inserted into a socket outlet.

    (2) The following work is deemed not to be prescribed electrical work:

    • (a) work on—

      • (i) electrical installations; or

      • (ii) fittings or electrical appliances—

      that are intended solely for connection to, or are associated with, electricity supplies not exceeding extra-low voltage:

    • (b) repairs or adjustments to works, electrical installations, fittings, or electrical appliances or the replacement of extra-low voltage or mechanical fittings in electrical installations or electrical appliances, provided (in each case) that the work can be undertaken without removing any screens, covers, or the like designed to prevent inadvertent contact with fittings intended to be supplied at voltages above extra-low voltage:

    • (c) the operation of works, electrical installations, or electrical appliances:

    • (d) the operation or switching of works, electrical installations, or electrical appliances, including the manual connection or disconnection of temporary earthing or bonding fittings, for the purpose of isolating and earthing those works, installations, or appliances:

    • (e) the construction of overhead electric lines as part of any works, where the electric lines are not connected or attached to any pole or support carrying any fittings that are connected to a power supply:

    • (f) the construction of underground electric lines as part of any works, where the electric lines are not connected to any fittings that are connected to a power supply:

    • (g) the permanent removal, dismantling, or demolition of—

      • (i) any works; or

      • (ii) any electrical installation—

      that has been permanently disconnected from a power supply:

    • (h) the installation, adjustment, alteration, repair, or removal of the conductors, supports, or insulators of any electric fence, and their connection to, or disconnection from, an electric fence controller:

    • (i) the connection or disconnection of a temporary bonding conductor to or from any metal pipe or tube that forms, whether by design or not, part of an earthing system, where the temporary bonding conductor is for the purpose of maintaining a continuous path to earth during work on the pipe or tube:

    • (j) the rewinding of coils and armatures, but not including the reassembly, testing, and connection of any electrical appliance:

    • (k) experimental work on radio transmitters, receivers, and electronic apparatus, provided the work is not carried out for payment or reward:

    • (l) work done on or in connection with any electrical installation, fittings, or electrical appliance, used for telecommunications purposes, where—

      • (i) the electrical installation, fittings, or electrical appliance operates at telecommunications network voltage; or

      • (ii) shock currents and their duration cannot exceed the IEC shock currents standard,—

      provided that the work may be undertaken without removing any screens, covers, or the like designed to prevent inadvertent contact with fittings operating at supply voltages in excess of extra-low voltage or telecommunications network voltage, as the case may be:

    • (m) work done on or in connection with any telecommunications line or any telecommunications network equipment (other than that to which paragraph (l) applies) which is associated with telecommunications lines, provided that the work may be undertaken without removing any screens, covers, or the like designed to prevent inadvertent contact with fittings operating at supply voltages in excess of extra-low voltage or telecommunications network voltage, as the case may be:

    • (n) work done on low voltage fittings, where—

      • (i) the work consists of—

        • (A) the replacement of a fuse link with a fuse link or plug-in miniature circuit breaker of an appropriate rating; or

        • (B) affixing a fitting (being a plug, an adaptor, a cord extension socket, or an appliance connector) of an appropriate rating to a flexible cord that is designed to have such a fitting affixed to it; and

      • (ii) there is in force in respect of the work a standard set by the Secretary for the purpose; and

      • (iii) the work is done in a competent manner, without payment or reward, and in accordance with that standard:

    • (o) the assembly and repair of radio apparatus, fire control equipment, or searchlights, where the apparatus, equipment, or searchlights are used solely for defence purposes under the control of the New Zealand Defence Force, and an officer or a non-commissioned officer having control of the apparatus, equipment, or searchlight has directed the conditions of security that must be observed in the assembly or repair:

    • (p) the installation of any temporary conductors between fittings, or between electrical appliances, or between fittings and electrical appliances, where the fittings or electrical appliances are used for experimental testing, demonstration, teaching, or research purposes in any electrical engineering workshop, electrical test room, laboratory, hospital, research project, or teaching institution.

Restrictions on prescribed electrical work

18 Prescribed electrical work registered electrical service technicians may do
  • (1) Subject to any limits imposed by the Board pursuant to section 86 of the Act, a registered electrical service technician may do the following kinds of prescribed electrical work unsupervised:

    • (a) the maintenance of electrical appliances:

    • (b) the maintenance or replacement of fittings of works or electrical installations, other than the installation of conductors:

    • (c) the connection or disconnection of an electrical appliance to or from a conductor that is to supply electricity to that electrical appliance:

    • (d) the replacement of fuse links:

    • (e) the construction, repair, or replacement of flexible cord sets.

    (2) A registered electrical service technician may assist in doing any other prescribed electrical work if that technician is supervised by a supervisor of electrical work whose registration allows that supervisor to do that work.

19 Prescribed electrical work registered line mechanics may do
  • (1) Subject to any limits imposed by the Board pursuant to section 86 of the Act, a registered line mechanic may do prescribed electrical work that involves the construction or maintenance of electric lines.

    (2) A registered line mechanic may assist in doing any other prescribed electrical work if that mechanic is supervised by a supervisor of electrical work whose registration allows that supervisor to do that work.

    Regulation 19(1): amended, on 1 April 2003, by regulation 5 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

20 Prescribed electrical work registered electricians and registered electrical inspectors may do
  • Subject to any limits imposed by the Board pursuant to section 86 of the Act, registered electricians and registered electrical inspectors may do any prescribed electrical work.

    Regulation 20: amended, on 1 April 2003, by regulation 6 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

21 Prescribed electrical work qualified engineers may do
  • Qualified engineers may do any prescribed electrical work.

    Regulation 21: substituted, on 1 April 2003, by regulation 7 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

22 Prescribed electrical work holders of provisional licences may do
  • The holder of a provisional licence may do the prescribed electrical work that is specified in the licence.

23 Prescribed electrical work trainees may do
  • A trainee who is being trained for the purposes of obtaining registration may assist in doing any prescribed electrical work that is relevant to the particular class of work for which registration is sought, if the trainee is supervised by—

    • (a) a supervisor of electrical work whose registration allows that supervisor to do the work; or

    • (b) a registered person whose registration allows that person to do the work, where the registered person is under the supervision of a supervisor of electrical work whose registration allows that supervisor to do the work.

24 Work on live high voltage overhead electric lines
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 24: revoked, on 1 April 2003, by regulation 8 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

Competency requirements and safety tuition, etc

25 Competency requirements for electrical workers
  • (1) This regulation applies to the following work:

    • (a) prescribed electrical work, other than—

      • (ii) prescribed electrical work carried out in accordance with section 112 of the Act:

    • (b) work of a kind referred to in any of paragraphs (b), (e), (f), (m), (o), and (p) of regulation 17(2):

    • (d) the issue of warrants of electrical fitness pursuant to regulation 97.

    (2) No person may carry out or assist in carrying out any work to which this regulation applies unless that person is competent to do that work or is under the supervision of a person who is competent to do that work.

    (3) Every employer must take all practicable steps to ensure that any employee of that employer who is carrying out or assisting in carrying out any work to which this regulation applies is competent to do that work or is under the supervision of a person competent to do that work.

26 Safety tuition for electrical workers
  • (1) This regulation applies to work to which regulation 25(1) applies.

    (2) No person may carry out or assist in carrying out, for the first time, work to which this regulation applies unless that person has satisfactorily completed tuition in the following subject-matter:

    • (a) safe working practices that are appropriate to the type of work being undertaken:

    • (b) testing to ensure safety before commencing the work, and to ensure safety during and after the completion of the work:

    • (c) basic first-aid:

    • (d) cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.

    (3) Except where subclause (4) applies, every person continuing to carry out or to assist in carrying out work to which this regulation applies must, at intervals not exceeding 24 months, complete refresher courses in the subject-matter specified in subclause (2).

    (4) Every person continuing to carry out work to which this regulation applies must, where that work involves the construction or maintenance of works,—

    • (a) complete refresher courses in the subject-matter specified in paragraphs (a) to (c) of subclause (2) at intervals not exceeding 14 months; and

    • (b) complete refresher courses in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation at intervals not exceeding 7 months.

27 Assistance for work on certain live high voltage fittings
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 27: revoked, on 1 April 2003, by regulation 8 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

Requirements in relation to work on or near overhead electric lines

28 Work on live high voltage conductors of overhead electric lines
  • Work on live high voltage overhead electric lines must be—

    • (a) managed and carried out only in accordance with any standard set by the Secretary for that purpose; and

    • (b) carried out only by a person who complies with any standard set by the Secretary for the competency and qualifications of persons who carry out that work.

    Regulation 28: substituted, on 1 April 2003, by regulation 9 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

29 Work on live conductors of low voltage overhead electric lines in electrical installations
  • (1) This regulation applies to work on live conductors of low voltage overhead electric lines in electrical installations—

    • (a) that have exposed live metal; or

    • (b) if there is a likelihood of accidental contact with any other conductor or bare earthed metal.

    (2) A person may only carry out the work if he or she uses the associated equipment and personal protective equipment that is necessary to ensure his or her safety and the safety of other persons in the vicinity of the work.

    Regulation 29: substituted, on 1 April 2003, by regulation 10 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

30 Safe approach distances
  • (1) Every person working near an exposed live fitting or conductor must—

    • (a) maintain a safe approach distance; and

    • (b) comply with ECP 34.

    (2) This regulation does not apply to a person working—

    • (a) near conductors or fittings of extra-low voltage; or

    • (b) on a live electric line; or

    • (c) on a live substation.

    Regulation 30: substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 11 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

31 Construction of overhead lines on existing poles or other supports
  • (1) Where any additional conductors are to be strung between poles or other supports and those poles or other supports already hold conductors, the person carrying out the work of stringing those additional conductors must ensure that—

    • (a) the existing conductors so held by the poles or other supports are isolated and earthed before the work is commenced, and remain isolated and earthed until the work is completed; or

    • (b) the additional conductors are earthed before the work is commenced, and remain earthed until the work is completed, and any applicable associated equipment referred to in regulation 35(2) is available and used during the carrying out of that work.

    (2) Except when working on towers, no person may be on any cross-arm of poles or supports used to carry additional conductors while the conductors are being pulled up and tensioned.

Temporary earthing requirements

32 Temporary earthing requirements
  • (1) A person who works on a high voltage conductor or fitting that is disconnected from a supply of electricity must, before beginning work, ensure that the conductor or fitting—

    • (a) is earthed; and

    • (b) remains earthed until the work is completed.

    (2) The conductor or fitting must be sufficiently earthed to protect any person working on the conductor or fitting from exposure to a significant risk of electric shock or other injury.

    (3) A temporary earthing connection of a conductor or fitting must be adequate to carry any short circuit current that may flow.

    (4) A person may remove an earthing connection to test a conductor or fitting, but must take all practicable steps to ensure his or her own safety, and the safety of others in the vicinity.

    (5) A person who works on a high voltage conductor or fitting that is disconnected from a supply of electricity need not comply with subclause (1) if—

    • (a) the high voltage conductor or fitting is isolated but not earthed; and

    • (b) the person carries out the work using the procedures approved by the employer (if any); and

    • (c) the person uses the associated equipment and personal protective equipment necessary to ensure his or her own safety, and the safety of others in the vicinity.

    Regulation 32: substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 12 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

33 Further provisions relating to temporary earthing requirements
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 33: revoked, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 12 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

Warning notices, safety locks, and safety instructions

34 Warning notices, safety locks, and safety instructions
  • (1) Subject to subclause (2), where any person is carrying out work on works or an electrical installation, that person must cause to be affixed, at the means of disconnection of the supply of electricity to the works or electrical installation, suitable warning notices to safeguard against unintentional connection of the supply of electricity to the works or electrical installation.

    (2) Where the works or electrical installation has a locking facility for the disconnection of the works or electrical installation from the power supply, then that facility must be used to lock the disconnection.

    (3) On all premises where electricity is being or is to be used at high voltage, durable notices providing instructions on the treatment of electric shock must be provided, and be installed and maintained in a conspicuous position, by the owner of the works or electrical installation using that high voltage electricity.

Associated equipment

35 Responsibility of employers for safety of employees
  • (1) An employer who employs a person to carry out work referred to in regulation 17(1) or (2)(d) to (f) must take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of the employee while carrying out the work, and must take the steps described in subclauses (2) and (3) in particular.

    (2) The employer must take all practicable steps to—

    • (a) provide safe working procedures for employees to follow when carrying out the work; and

    • (b) ensure that any associated equipment and personal protective equipment used by an employee is arranged, designed, made, tested, inspected, and maintained so that it is safe for the employee to use.

    (3) The employer must take all practicable steps to ensure that the employee who carries out the work—

    • (a) has adequate knowledge and experience of the type of work being carried out; and

    • (b) has been adequately trained in the safe use of the associated equipment, the personal protective equipment, and the procedures for carrying out the work; and

    • (c) immediately before the start of the work, checks that the associated equipment and personal protective equipment is in good order and condition; and

    • (d) uses the equipment and the procedures that the employer has approved for the work.

    (4) Subclause (3)(a) does not apply if the employee is in training and the employer ensures that the employee is adequately supervised to ensure the safety of the employee.

    (5) The responsibilities of the employer set out in this regulation are in addition to, and do not limit, the responsibilities of the employer under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992.

    Regulation 35: substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 13 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

36 Safety responsibilities of person who carries out work
  • (1) A person who carries out work referred to in regulation 17(1) or (2)(d) to (f) must take all practicable steps to ensure his or her safety while carrying out the work, and must take the steps described in subclause (2) in particular.

    (2) That person must take all practicable steps,—

    • (a) before beginning the work, to check that any associated equipment and personal protective equipment to be used by that person is in good order and condition, and is safe for its intended use; and

    • (b) to follow the procedures approved by the employer (if any) for the work to be carried out; and

    • (c) to use the associated equipment and the personal protective equipment provided in a competent manner.

    (3) The responsibilities set out in this regulation of a person carrying out work are in addition to, and do not limit, the responsibilities of that person under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992.

    Regulation 36: substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 13 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

Testing, certification, and inspection

37 Testing of prescribed electrical work
  • (1) A person who carries out prescribed electrical work on works or electrical installations must ensure that—

    • (a) the conductors or fittings on which the work was done are tested to ensure the operational safety of the completed work; and

    • (b) in the case of maintenance, alterations, or additions, the work does not reduce the safety of existing works or electrical installations; and

    • (c) during testing, all practicable steps are taken to ensure the safety of persons, property, and the works and electrical installations.

    (2) Except as provided in regulation 45, the requirements in subclause (1) must be completed before the conductors or fittings on which the work has been done are connected to a supply of electricity.

    (3) Except as provided in subclause (4), a person who carries out prescribed electrical work on a low voltage electrical installation must ensure that work is tested and verified in accordance with section 6 of AS/NZS 3000 after the work is complete and before the installation is connected to a supply of electricity (unless the installation is connected solely for the purpose of testing, certification, or inspection under these regulations).

    (4) A person who carries out work on low voltage a.c. railway signalling equipment must ensure that the work is tested in accordance with ECP 60.

    Regulation 37: substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 14 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

38 Testing electrical appliances
  • (1) A person who carries out prescribed electrical work on, or work that may affect the electrical safety of, an electrical appliance must verify that the appliance is electrically safe before releasing it from his or her control or returning it to service.

    (2) However, subclause (1) does not apply if the repairs are—

    • (b) repairs to a medical electrical appliance.

    (3) A person may comply with this regulation by testing the electrical appliance in accordance with AS/NZS 3760.

    Regulation 38: substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 14 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

39 Certification of prescribed electrical work
  • (1) This regulation applies to prescribed electrical work—

    • (a) that is carried out on an electrical installation; and

    • (b) that involves the placing or positioning, or the replacing or repositioning, of conductors, including fittings attached to those conductors.

    (2) However, this regulation does not apply to the following kinds of prescribed electrical work:

    • (a) the repair or replacement of a faulty or damaged conductor:

    • (b) the replacement of a fuse carrier with a circuit breaker appropriate to the rating of the electrical circuit in which the replacement is being made:

    • (c) the replacement of any fitting with a fitting of an appropriate size, type, and rating for the electrical circuit.

    • (d) the installation of revenue meters and associated load control fittings of mains.

    (3) A person who carries out prescribed electrical work must ensure that the work is certified in accordance with subclauses (4) to (7).

    (4) The work must be certified by one of the following persons, subject to any limits that may be prescribed by the Board under section 86 of the Act or any limits specified in a provisional licence:

    • (a) a registered electrical inspector:

    • (b) a registered electrician:

    • (c) a registered line mechanic, if the work certified is work in relation to electric lines:

    • (d) a qualified engineer:

    • (e) a provisional licence holder:

    • (f) a person authorised to certify the prescribed electrical work under an employer licence.

    (5) The certificate must be completed within 1 day of completion of the work or termination of the contract for the work, whichever is sooner.

    (6) A person who certifies prescribed electrical work that has been completed must, before completing the certificate of compliance,—

    • (a) test any fittings in respect of the work in accordance with regulation 37; and

    • (b) be satisfied that those fittings are safe to operate.

    (7) The certificate of compliance for prescribed electrical work that has been completed must certify that—

    • (a) the fittings on which the work has been done have been tested and are electrically safe; and

    • (b) the work has been done in accordance with the Act and these regulations; and

    • (c) in the case of work done under an employer licence, the work has been done in accordance with the licence.

    (8) A person who certifies prescribed electrical work that has not been completed must—

    • (a) identify—

      • (i) the status of the work; and

      • (ii) what tests have been completed; and

      • (iii) the outcomes of those tests; and

    • (b) certify that the work that has been done complies with the Act and these regulations to the extent that they apply to the work; and

    • (c) certify that the work has been left safe.

    Regulation 39: substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 14 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 39(2)(d): added, on 8 January 2004, by regulation 4 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/355).

40 Further provisions relating to certification of prescribed electrical work
  • (1) Every certificate of compliance issued pursuant to regulation 39 must be on the form approved for the purpose by—

    • (a) the Board, in the case of work not carried out under an employer licence; and

    • (b) the Secretary, in the case of work carried out under an employer licence.

    (2) Where a certificate is issued pursuant to regulation 39, then, subject to subclause (3), that certificate must be given within 20 working days of its completion to—

    • (a) the owner of the fittings in respect of which that work was carried out; or

    • (b) the occupier of the premises where that work was carried out.

    (3) Subclause (2) does not apply if the certificate is to be given pursuant to regulation 42.

    (4) A copy of the certificate must be retained for a period of 3 years—

    • (a) by the person certifying the work; or

    • (b) where the person certifying the work is acting under an employer licence, by that person's employer.

    (5) Instead of being retained in accordance with subclause (4), copies of certificates may be returned—

    • (a) to the Board, in the case of work not carried out under an employer licence; or

    • (b) to the Secretary, in the case of work carried out under an employer licence.

    (6) Where, in accordance with subclause (4), a person certifying work retains a copy of the certificate, that person must, within 20 working days of any written request for such a copy by the Board, supply a copy of that certificate to the Board.

    Regulation 40(2): amended, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 14 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

41 Inspection of prescribed electrical work
  • (1) The following kinds of prescribed electrical work to which regulation 39 applies must be inspected by a registered electrical inspector, or by a person authorised to inspect the particular kind of prescribed electrical work under an employer licence, before connection to a power supply:

    • (a) work on electrical installations that operate at high voltages (other than high voltage discharge lighting, where that lighting was installed in accordance with AS/NZS 3832):

    • (b) work in hazardous areas:

    • (c) work (other than work on fittings of a kind referred to in paragraph (b) of the definition of electrical installation in section 2(1) of the Act) that involves—

      • (i) the mains, main switchboards, or main earthing systems of an electrical installation that is to be connected to a power supply for the first time; or

      • (ii) the replacement of existing mains with mains comprising larger conductors; or

      • (iii) the extension, shortening, or replacement of mains due to the relocation of a main switchboard or point of supply; or

      • (iv) the alteration of mains or a main switchboard for the purpose of relocating metering and associated load control fittings; or

      • (v) the replacement of a main switchboard with a main switchboard of a different size or type; or

      • (vi) the alteration of a main switchboard to increase the current rating of that switchboard; or

      • (vii) the relocation of a main switchboard; or

      • (viii) [Revoked]

      • (ix) [Revoked]

      • (x) [Revoked]

    • (d) work on the installation of mains parallel generation systems:

    • (e) work on the installation of medical fittings and medical electrical appliances in patient care areas of hospitals and patient care premises:

    • (f) work on fittings of animal stunning electrical appliances or meat conditioning electrical appliances.

    (2) Where an inspection of work to which subclause (1) applies is proposed to be carried out in accordance with AS/NZS 3003 or AS/NZS 2381.1 or NZS 3003.1, the inspection must be in accordance with all requirements for inspection provided for in the relevant standard.

    (3) The inspection of work to which subclause (1)(c) applies, where it relates to low voltage electrical installations, must be carried out in accordance with section 3 of NZS 3019.

    (4) The person carrying out the inspection must, if satisfied that the work complies with the requirements of the Act and these regulations, complete the appropriate section of the certificate of compliance and sign it.

    (5) No person may inspect work under this regulation if that person has—

    • (a) personally carried out the work; or

    • (b) supervised the carrying out of the work by another person; or

    (6) A certificate of compliance issued pursuant to this regulation, in respect of an inspection of prescribed electrical work to which regulation 39 applies, certifies that—

    • (a) the fittings on which the work has been carried out are electrically safe; and

    • (b) the inspection has been carried out in accordance with these regulations.

    Regulation 41(1): amended, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 16(1) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 41(1)(a): amended, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 16(2) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 41(1)(c)(viii): revoked, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 16(3) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 41(1)(c)(ix): revoked, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 16(3) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 41(1)(c)(x): revoked, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 16(3) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 41(2): amended, on 8 January 2004, by regulation 5 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/355).

    Regulation 41(2): amended, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 16(4) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 41(2): amended, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 16(5) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 41(3): amended, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 16(2) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 41(6): amended, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 16(7) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

42 Further provisions relating to inspection of prescribed electrical work
  • (1) Where a certificate of compliance is issued pursuant to regulation 41, that certificate must be given within 20 working days of its completion to—

    • (a) the owner of the fittings in respect of which that work was carried out; or

    • (b) the occupier of the premises where that work was carried out.

    (2) A copy of the certificate must be retained for a period of 3 years—

    • (a) by the person inspecting the work; or

    • (b) where the person inspecting the work is acting under an employer licence, by that person's employer.

    (3) Instead of being retained in accordance with subclause (2), copies of certificates may be returned—

    • (a) to the Board, in the case of work not carried out under an employer licence; or

    • (b) to the Secretary, in the case of work carried out under an employer licence.

    (4) Where, in accordance with subclause (2), a person inspecting work retains a copy of the certificate, that person must, within 20 working days of any written request for such a copy by the Board, supply a copy of that certificate to the Board.

    Regulation 42(1): amended, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 17 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

43 Forms for certificates of compliance other than under employer licences
  • (1) For the purposes of regulations 39 to 42, the Board may prescribe a form or forms for the certification of prescribed electrical work.

    (2) Any person who certifies work in accordance with regulations 39 to 42 (other than a person who carries out work under an employer licence) must use the forms prescribed under subclause (1).

    (3) A person (other than the Board) who supplies a form prescribed for the certification of commercial or electrical work that is part of a continuing building project or ongoing industrial work for which more than 1 certificate would otherwise be necessary must stamp the form with the date of the supply of the form. The form is valid for use for a period of 6 months from that date.

    (4) Each form supplied for the purposes of this regulation must have a unique identifier determined by the Board.

    (5) The fee payable in respect of the supply of a form prescribed under this regulation is the prescribed fee.

    Regulation 43(1): substituted, on 18 November 1999, by regulation 5 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 1999 (SR 1999/369).

    Regulation 43(3): substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 18 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

43A Connection of electrical installations to electricity
  • Except as provided in regulation 45, a person who connects or reconnnects an electrical installation to a supply of electricity either on which prescribed electrical work has been carried out or that has been disconnected from the supply of electricity for 6 months or longer must, at the time of making the connection,—

    • (a) in the case of a low voltage electrical installation that has been disconnected for 6 months or longer, and whether or not work has been carried out on it, sight a certificate of verification for that installation issued by—

      • (i) a registered electrical inspector; or

      • (ii) a person authorised under an employer licence to issue it; and

    • (b) in the case of a new electrical installation or an installation on which prescribed electrical work has been carried out, sight the requisite certificate of compliance; and

    • (c) ensure that the polarity and phase rotation of the supply is correct; and

    • (d) ensure that the protection of the supply is correctly rated; and

    • (e) verify the safety of revenue meters and associated load control fittings of mains; and

    • (f) verify that there is a main earthing system, if the supply is from a MEN system.

    Regulation 43A: inserted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 19 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

44 Suppliers of electricity to new or recommissioned electrical installations and switchboards
  • Subject to regulation 45, every person supplying or proposing to supply electricity to—

    • (a) new electrical installations, or existing electrical installations that have been disconnected from the supply of electricity for more than 6 months; or

    • (b) new main switchboards, or main switchboards upon which prescribed electrical work has been carried out,—

    must ensure that all applicable testing requirements of regulations 37 and 38, all applicable certification requirements of regulation 39, and all applicable inspection requirements of regulation 41, have been carried out before supplying electricity to those installations or switchboards.

45 Connection of power supply for testing, certification, or inspection purposes
  • Nothing in these regulations prevents the connection, to any power supply, of any works, electrical installation, or electrical appliance, or the supply of electricity to any works, electrical installation, or electrical appliance, where that connection or supply is solely for the purposes of carrying out any testing, certification, or inspection required by these regulations.

Safety checks for particular installations

46 Safety checks for particular electrical installations and electrical appliances
  • (1) This regulation applies to—

    • (a) high voltage electrical installations and high voltage electrical appliances (other than high voltage discharge lighting, where that lighting was installed in accordance with the requirements of AS/NZS 3832); and

    • (b) electrical installations and electrical appliances in any of the following areas:

      • (i) hazardous areas:

      • (ii) medical-electrical locations:

      • (iii) caravan parks:

      • (iv) boat marinas:

      • (v) construction and demolition sites:

      • (vi) carnivals and fair grounds:

      • (vii) areas where electrical animal stunning or electrical meat conditioning occurs.

    (2) Owners and operators of electrical installations and electrical appliances to which this regulation applies must ensure that those installations and appliances are periodically inspected in accordance with the following requirements to determine whether they are electrically safe and whether they otherwise comply with these regulations:

    • (a) for high voltage electrical installations (other than animal stunning electrical appliances and meat conditioning electrical appliances), at intervals not exceeding 5 years, by a registered electrical inspector or by a person authorised to carry out such inspections under an employer licence:

    • (b) for hazardous areas in electrical installations, in accordance with AS/NZS 2381.1:

    • (c) for medical-electrical installations, in accordance with AS/NZS 3003 or NZS 3003.1, at intervals not exceeding 4 years:

    • (d) for medical-electrical appliances, in accordance with AS/NZS 3551:

    • (e) for caravan parks or boat marinas, in accordance with section 6 of NZS 3019, at intervals not exceeding 5 years, by a registered electrical inspector or by a person authorised to carry out the inspection under an employer licence:

    • (f) for electrical installations on construction or demolition sites, in accordance with AS/NZS 3012, by a registered electrical inspector or by a person authorised to carry out the inspection under an employer licence:

    • (g) at carnivals or fair grounds, or for animal stunning electrical appliances and meat conditioning electrical appliances, at intervals not exceding 1 year, by a registered electrical inspector or by a person authorised to carry out the inspection under an employer licence.

    (3) The results of each periodic inspection carried out under subclause (2) must be recorded on a form approved by the Secretary for the purpose, or, if the relevant standard contains a form, on that form.

    (4) A person who completes a form under subclause (3) must—

    • (a) give a copy to the person requesting the inspection; and

    • (b) keep a copy for at least 3 years or send a copy to the Secretary.

    Regulation 46(1)(a): amended, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 20(1) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 46(2)(b): substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 20(2) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 46(2)(c): substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 20(2) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 46(2)(c): amended, on 8 January 2004, by regulation 6 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/355).

    Regulation 46(2)(d): substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 20(2) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 46(2)(e): substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 20(2) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 46(2)(f): substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 20(2) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 46(2)(g): added, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 20(2) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 46(3): substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 20(3) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 46(4): added, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 20(3) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

Limits of home-owners' and tradespersons' work

47 Home-owners' electrical wiring work
  • (1) For the purposes of section 110 of the Act, any person to whom that section applies may do or assist in doing the following work on low voltage electrical installations:

    • (a) remove and replace any of the following kinds of fittings, where the work does not involve work on any switchboard:

      • (i) switches:

      • (ii) socket outlets:

      • (iii) permanent connection units:

      • (iv) light fittings:

      • (v) batten holders:

      • (vi) cord grip lampholders:

      • (vii) ceiling roses:

      • (viii) flexible cords connected to any permanent connection unit, ceiling rose, or cord grip lampholder:

      • (ix) water heater switches:

      • (x) thermostats:

      • (xi) elements:

    • (b) remove and replace fuse links:

    • (c) connect and disconnect fixed wired appliances:

    • (d) relocate existing switches, socket outlets, and lighting outlets that are supplied with electricity by tough-plastic-sheathed cables:

    • (e) install, extend, and alter subcircuits (including submains), provided that—

      • (i) the person must not enter (whether personally, by holding any material or equipment, or otherwise) any enclosure where live active conductors are likely to be present; and

      • (ii) the work is tested by a registered electrical inspector, in accordance with NZS 3019, and the work is certified by that inspector in accordance with regulation 39, before being connected to a supply of electricity by such an inspector.

    (2) A person who carries out work pursuant to section 110 of the Act must carry out the work in accordance with the requirements of ECP 51.

    Regulation 47(1)(e)(ii): amended, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 21 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

48 Maintenance of domestic appliances
  • For the purposes of section 111 of the Act, the owner of any electrical appliance may do any prescribed electrical work, or assist in doing any prescribed electrical work, in relation to that appliance, provided that the work is carried out in accordance with the requirements of ECP 50.

49 Limits and requirements of exemption for tradespersons
  • (1) The classes of trades to which section 112 of the Act applies are—

    • (a) registered plumbers:

    • (b) registered gasfitters.

    (2) Any person who is engaged in any of the classes of trade to which this regulation applies may apply to the Board, on the form approved by the Board for the purpose, for a tradesperson's electrical work certificate, and must pay the prescribed fee before receiving the certificate.

    (3) The Board may grant a tradesperson's electrical work certificate to any person who is engaged in any of the classes of trade to which this regulation applies, where the Board is satisfied that the person has—

    • (a) completed a course of tuition approved by the Board; and

    • (b) passed any examinations required by the Board—

    incorporating relevant subjects from those specified in Schedule 7.

    (4) The holder of a tradesperson's electrical work certificate must not carry out, or assist in carrying out, any work of the kind specified in subclause (6) or subclause (7), as the case may be, unless that holder has—

    • (a) satisfactorily completed tuition in the subject matter specified in regulation 26(2)(b) within 24 months before becoming the holder of the certificate; and

    • (b) completed refresher courses in that subject-matter at intervals not exceeding 24 months.

    (5) Where a holder of a tradesperson's electrical work certificate fails to satisfactorily complete tuition or refresher courses as specified in subclause (4), the Board may withdraw that certificate.

    (6) The holder of a tradesperson's electrical work certificate (being a registered plumber) may—

    • (a) replace storage water cylinder heater elements and thermostats with elements or thermostats, as the case may be, that have an electrical rating of not more than 230 volts and 15 amperes; and

    • (b) disconnect from and reconnect to fixed wiring the following fittings that have an electrical rating of not more than 230 volts and 15 amperes:

      • (i) waste disposal units:

      • (ii) dishwashing units:

      • (iii) electronic water control units:

      • (iv) water pressure devices:

      • (v) storage water heater cylinders (including the disconnection of elements and thermostats); and

    • (c) remove and replace fusible links in relation to plumbing work.

    (7) The holder of a tradesperson's electrical work certificate (being a registered gasfitter) may—

    • (a) replace fittings incorporated in gas-fired equipment that have an electrical rating of not more than 230 volts and 15 amperes; and

    • (b) disconnect from and reconnect to fixed wiring, fittings incorporated in gas-fired equipment that have an electrical rating of not more than 230 volts and 15 amperes; and

    • (c) remove and replace fusible links in relation to gasfitting work.

    (8) Where any work is carried out in accordance with section 112 of the Act,—

    • (a) that work must be tested in accordance with AS/NZS 3760; and

    • (b) the fittings in respect of which that work is carried out must be confirmed as electrically safe—

    before connection to a power supply (other than for the purposes specified in section 114(4) of the Act).

    Regulation 49(4)(a): substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 22(1) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 49(8)(a): amended, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 22(2) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

Notification to Secretary

50 Notification to Secretary
  • Any registered person, or any person working within the terms of an employer licence, who is carrying out prescribed electrical work, or inspecting prescribed electrical work, and believes on reasonable grounds that an electrical installation, a fitting, or an electrical appliance presents immediate danger to life or property must, as soon as practicable, advise the owner or occupier of the property where the danger exists, and the Secretary, of that danger.

Offences

51 Offences
  • Every person commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 who,—

    • (b) in respect of prescribed electrical work to which regulation 39 applies,—

      • (i) having carried out that work, fails to ensure that the work is certified in accordance with that regulation; or

      • (ii) certifies that work contrary to that regulation; or

      • (iii) having certified that work, fails to comply with any of the requirements of regulation 40; or

    • (c) in respect of prescribed electrical work to which regulation 41 applies,—

      • (i) having carried out that work, fails to ensure that the work is inspected in accordance with that regulation; or

      • (ii) inspects that work contrary to that regulation; or

      • (iii) having inspected that work, fails to comply with any of the requirements of regulation 42; or

    • (d) being a registered person or a person working within the terms of an employer licence, and who—

      • (i) carries out or inspects prescribed electrical work; and

      • (ii) believes on reasonable grounds that an electrical installation, a fitting, or an electrical appliance presents immediate danger to life or property,—

      fails to comply with any of the requirements of regulation 50.

Part 4
Systems of supply

Systems in general

52 Systems in general
  • (1) Subject to this regulation, persons supplying electricity or line function services may choose the configuration and voltage of supply systems for electricity.

    (2) Electrical installations (other than fittings of a kind referred to in paragraph (b) of the definition of electrical installation in section 2(1) of the Act) that operate at standard low voltage must be supplied with electricity by the MEN system of supply.

    (3) Subject to subclause (5), in any MEN system of supply the total system neutral impedance to earth, including the impedance of all connected electrical installations, must not exceed 10 ohms.

    (4) An electrical installation supplied with electricity from a MEN system of supply must have at least 1 MEN switchboard, which must be located electrically closest to the point of supply.

    (5) In any MEN system the total system neutral impedance to earth may exceed 10 ohms in any case where—

    • (a) it is impracticable to achieve a maximum of 10 ohms; and

    • (b) the electricity supplier keeps a record of—

      • (i) the actual earthing value obtained; and

      • (ii) the reason for exceeding 10 ohms.

    Regulation 52(4): substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 23(1) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 52(5): amended, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 23(2) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

53 Voltage
  • (1) The supply of electricity to electrical installations operating at a voltage of 200 volts ac or more but not exceeding 250 volts ac (calculated at the point of supply)—

    • (a) must be at standard low voltage; and

    • (b) except for momentary fluctuations, must be kept within 6% of that voltage.

    (2) The supply of electricity to electrical installations operating at other than standard low voltage (calculated at the point of supply)—

    • (a) must be at a voltage agreed between the electricity retailer and the customer; and

    • (b) unless otherwise agreed between the electricity retailer and the customer, and except for momentary fluctuations, must be maintained within 5% of the agreed supply voltage.

    (3) Electrical installations must be designed, constructed, and operated so that the voltage drop is not more than 5% under maximum load conditions between the point of supply and—

    • (a) any socket-outlet within an electrical installation operating at standard low voltage; or

    • (b) the supply terminals of any fixed wired appliance connected to an electrical installation operating at standard low voltage.

    Regulation 53(3): added, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 24(1) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

54 Meter accuracy
  • Where any person supplies electricity at standard low voltage through a revenue meter, that person must ensure that the meter operates within a margin of error (in excess or deficiency) of 2.5% from complete accuracy.

55 Frequency
  • (1) The frequency of electricity supplied by any person must be maintained within 1.5% of 50 hertz, except for momentary fluctuations.

    (2) The requirement in subclause (1) may be varied for electrical installations operating at other than standard low voltage, if the electricity supplier and the person receiving the supply agree.

    Regulation 55: substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 25 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

56 Quality of supply
  • (1) No person may use or continue to use any fittings or electrical appliance that unduly interferes with the satisfactory supply of electricity to any other person, or that impairs the safety of, or unduly interferes with the operation of, any fittings or electrical appliance.

    (2) Compliance with ECP 36 is deemed to be compliance with subclause (1), in respect of interference from harmonics.

57 Change in supply characteristics
  • (1) No person supplying electricity or line function services may alter the electrical characteristics of the supply system in a way which may cause danger to persons or property.

    (2) Every person supplying electricity or line function services must take reasonable steps to ensure that the maximum prospective fault currents on the supply system are limited to reasonable levels.

58 Electrical interference with telecommunications lines, etc
  • (1) Where any telecommunications lines, or any other structure, device, or thing, designed or intended for use for telecommunications purposes, is being constructed in the vicinity of any works or electrical installation, the person constructing the lines, structure, device, or thing must ensure that the lines, structure, device, or thing is constructed so as to ensure that electricity conveyed through the works or electrical installation does not cause any induced voltage, earth potential rise, or shock currents, that is or are likely to cause damage to the lines, structure, device, or thing or a hazard to persons.

    (2) Where any works or electrical installation is being constructed in the vicinity of any telecommunications lines, or any other structure, device, or thing, designed or intended for use for telecommunications purposes, the person constructing the works or electrical installation must ensure that the works or electrical installation is constructed so as to ensure that electricity conveyed through the works or electrical installation does not cause any induced voltage, earth potential rise, or shock currents, that is or are likely to cause damage to the lines, structure, device, or thing or a hazard to persons.

    (3) Shock currents and induced voltages are deemed not to be likely to cause a hazard to persons where,—

    • (a) shock currents and their duration cannot exceed the IEC shock currents standard; or

    • (b) in respect of a fault in an ac system of supply of electricity, induced voltages and their duration do not exceed—

      • (i) 430 volts ac, for a duration of 5 seconds; and

      • (ii) 650 volts ac, for a duration of 0.5 seconds; or

    • (c) in respect of a fault on a dc system of supply of electricity, or in respect of a fault on an electrified railway operating on a dc system of supply of electricity, induced voltages and their duration do not exceed 1000 volts peak.

    (4) Induced voltages are deemed not to be likely to cause damage to any telecommunications lines, or to any other structure, device, or thing, designed or intended for use for telecommunications purposes where induced voltages and their duration do not exceed,—

    • (a) in respect of a fault in an ac system of supply of electricity,—

      • (i) 430 volts ac, for a duration of 5 seconds; and

      • (ii) 650 volts ac, for a duration of 0.5 seconds; or

    • (b) in respect of a fault on a dc system of supply of electricity, or in respect of a fault on an electrified railway operating on a dc system of supply of electricity, 1000 volts peak.

    (5) Any single-wire earth return system complying with ECP 41 is deemed to comply with this regulation in respect of induced voltages.

59 Keeping of records and plans
  • Every owner of works must keep such records and plans of those works as will enable that owner, if required, to readily locate any fittings of those works.

Earthing, protection measures, warning notices, etc

60 Earthing requirements for works
  • (1) Every owner of works must ensure as far as practicable that those works incorporate an earthing system that is designed, installed, operated, and maintained to ensure—

    • (a) the effective operation of protection fittings in the event of earth fault currents:

    • (b) that the voltage of each conductor is restricted to a value consistent with the level of insulation applied:

    • (c) that step voltages, touch voltages, and transferred voltages are controlled to prevent danger to any person.

    (2) Earthing systems meeting the requirements of ECP 35 are deemed to comply with this regulation.

    (3) For the purposes of subclause (1), every owner of works must establish and operate administrative systems (including records of checks undertaken) that provide periodic safety checks at reasonable intervals, and monitoring of works.

    Regulation 60(1): amended, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 26 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

61 Protective fittings
  • Where fittings forming part of any works or electrical installation are used to protect against overcurrent, short circuiting, earth fault current, overvoltage, under voltage, and no voltage, those fittings must be designed, installed, and set to achieve the maximum practicable sensitivity and minimum practicable operating times in relation to the characteristics of the circuits or other fittings that those fittings protect.

62 Protection against fault currents
  • (1) Works must have adequate electrical protection against short circuits and earth faults.

    (2) Short circuit and earth fault protective fittings must operate to disconnect supply from the circuit or other fittings that they protect.

    (3) A person who supplies line function services to a consumer must, in respect of that consumer, provide a service protective fitting of appropriate rating for protection against short circuits or earth faults on mains.

    (4) In the event of earth fault, earth fault protection in generating stations must disconnect faulty fittings so that any earth potential rise is limited to a level and a duration that are safe.

    (5) High voltage conductors of overhead electric lines must have earth fault protection fittings that interrupt fault currents to earth in 5 seconds or less.

    (6) Short circuit and earth fault protective fittings of the auto-closing type must operate for not more than 3 consecutive closures during a period not longer than 60 seconds, and must not be capable of further reclosures unless manually reset.

    Regulation 62: substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 27 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

63 Further provisions relating to protection against fault currents
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 63: revoked, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 27 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

64 Protection against overload current
  • (1) A residual current device that is used or intended to be used for protection against electric shock must limit the duration of shock currents to the limits specified in the IEC shock currents standard.

    (2) A residual current device used or intended to be used at low voltage for protection against electric shock must also meet the limits specified in the IEC shock currents standard when tested with pulsating d.c. current.

    (3) A residual current device for protection of property must have a maximum operating time not longer than 0.4 seconds.

    Regulation 64: substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 28 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

65 Isolation fittings for works and electrical installations
  • Suitable isolation fittings must be provided to disconnect works, or parts of them, from a supply of electricity if necessary, including in an emergency.

    Regulation 65: substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 28 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

66 Strength of works and warning notices
  • (1) All works must be designed, constructed, and maintained to minimise as far as reasonably possible the risk of injury to persons or damage to property from the expected loading, having regard to the recognised natural occurrences in the areas that the works are or are to be situated.

    (2) An owner of works must ensure that overhead electric lines are constructed of suitable conductors and other fittings so that, as far as is reasonably practicable, the lines—

    • (a) are capable of withstanding, without damage, the likely static and dynamic loading; and

    • (b) do not become unsafe or hazardous to the public or to persons likely to work on them.

    (3) Overhead line structures that are found to be incapable of supporting design loads must be marked, and must be repaired or replaced within 12 months of the finding of the incapability.

    (4) Overhead line structures that are found to be at risk of failure under normal loads with the risk of injury to any person or damage to any property other than that of the owner of the line, must be marked, and must be repaired or replaced not later than 3 months after the finding of the possibility of failure.

    (5) For the purposes of subclauses (3) and (4), every owner of works must establish and operate administrative systems (including records of checks undertaken) that provide periodic safety checks at reasonable intervals, and monitoring of works.

    (6) Conspicuous durable notices reading DANGER LIVE WIRES, or reading an equivalent warning, must be affixed to and maintained in a legible condition on all poles or other supports that carry uninsulated conductors and that may be climbed without the use of any equipment.

Offences

67 Offences
  • Every person commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 who,—

    • (b) supplies electricity at standard low voltage through a revenue meter, where that revenue meter fails to comply with regulation 54; or

    • (d) when constructing any telecommunications lines, or any other structure, device, or thing, designed or intended for use for telecommunications purposes, in the vicinity of any works or electrical installation, fails to comply with regulation 58(1); or

    • (e) when constructing any works or electrical installation in the vicinity of any telecommunications lines, or any other structure, device, or thing, designed or intended for use for telecommunications purposes, fails to comply with regulation 58(2); or

    • (i) owns or operates works or electrical installations that do not comply with any of regulations 61, 62(1) or (2), or 65; or

    • (j) being an owner of works, fails to comply with regulation 66.

    Regulation 67(h): substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 29 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 67(i): substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 29 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

Part 5
Safety of works, electrical installations, fittings, and electrical appliances

General provisions

68 Works, electrical installations, fittings, and electrical appliances in existence on 1 April 1993
  • (1) This regulation applies to works, electrical installations, fittings, and electrical appliances that were—

    • (a) installed, for sale, or in use in New Zealand; or

    • (b) in transit to New Zealand; or

    • (c) the subject of an irrevocable purchasing order by a person in New Zealand—

    on 1 April 1993.

    (2) Notwithstanding anything in this Part, works, electrical installations, fittings, and electrical appliances to which this regulation applies may continue to be installed, sold, or used, provided they—

    • (a) are electrically safe; and

    • (b) complied with the requirements of—

      • (i) the Electrical Wiring Regulations 1976 (SR 1976/38) immediately before 1 April 1993; and

      • (ii) the Electrical Supply Regulations 1984 (SR 1984/167) immediately before 1 April 1993; and

    • (c) continue to comply, as a minimum, with the requirements outlined in paragraph (b).

69 Electrical safety
  • (1) Works, electrical installations, fittings, electrical appliances, and associated equipment must be designed, constructed, maintained, installed, and used so that they are electrically safe.

    (2) Subject to subclauses (3) and (4), for the purposes of these regulations, electrically safe means that there is no significant risk of injury or death to any person, or of damage to any property, as a result of the use of the works, electrical installations fittings, electrical appliances, or associated equipment, or the passage of electricity through those works, electrical installations, fittings, electrical appliances, or associated equipment, as the case may be.

    (3) For the purposes of this regulation, fittings and electrical appliances that are designed and used for medical treatment are not electrically unsafe merely because that medical treatment may cause injury to the patient.

    (4) For the purposes of this regulation, fittings and electrical appliances that are designed and used for animal stunning, meat conditioning, or fishing are not electrically unsafe merely because they may injure animals or fish, as the case may be.

    Regulation 69(1): substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 30 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

69A Electrical installations
  • (1) Except as provided in regulation 72(3), electrical installations must comply with clauses 1.6 to 1.10, 2.2, and 3.5.2 of AS/NZS 3000.

    (2) An electrical installation complies with subclause (1) and regulation 53(3) if it complies with sections 2 to 5 and 7 of AS/NZS 3000.

    (3) Low voltage domestic and residential type areas of electrical installations must comply with clauses 2.5.3.1 and 2.5.3.2 of AS/NZS 3000, except in the circumstances described in clause 2.5.3.4 of that standard.

    (4) However, subclause (3) does not apply to socket-outlets in electrical installations covered by AS/NZS 3003 that are installed in accordance with the requirements of that standard.

    Regulation 69A: inserted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 31 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

69B Compliance with regulation 69(1)
  • (1) Works, electrical installations, fittings, electrical appliances, and associated equipment comply with regulation 69(1) if they comply with—

    • (a) AS/NZS 2500, AS/NZS 3003, AS/NZS 3551, and NZS 3003.1, in the case of electrical installations, fittings, and electrical appliances located in patient treatment areas of hospitals or medical or dental practices:

    • (b) AS/NZS 2381.1, in the case of works, electrical installations, fittings, electrical appliances, and associated equipment located in hazardous areas:

    • (c) AS/NZS 3002, in the case of electrical installations and electrical appliances located in shows or carnivals:

    • (d) AS/NZS 3012, in the case of electrical installations and electrical appliances located in construction or demolition sites:

    • (e) AS/NZS 4249, in the case of electrical installations and electrical appliances in film, video, and television sites.

    (2) Fittings or electrical appliances that are imported into New Zealand in purported compliance with the Conformity Cooperation Agreement comply with regulation 69(1) if they comply with—

    • (a) the requirements of the Conformity Cooperation Agreement (including any amendments made to that agreement in accordance with it); and

    • (b) the standards or rules referred to in the Conformity Cooperation Agreement (including any standards or rules that have been amended or replaced in accordance with that agreement).

    Regulation 69B: inserted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 31 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 69(1)(a): amended, on 8 January 2004, by regulation 7 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/355).

    Regulation 69B(2): added, on 1 October 2008, by regulation 9 of the Electricity (China Free Trade Agreement) Regulations 2008 (SR 2008/223).

69C Compliance with design, construction, and installation requirements of regulation 69(1)
  • Works, electrical installations, fittings, electrical appliances, and associated equipment comply with the design, construction, and installation requirements of regulation 69(1) if they comply with—

    • (a) AS/NZS 3001, in the case of electrical installations of caravan parks at low voltage:

    • (b) AS/NZS 3004, in the case of electrical installations of marinas at low voltage:

    • (ba) AS/NZS 3014, in the case of electrical installations of electric fences:

    • (c) AS/NZS 3016, in the case of electrical installations of electric security fences:

    • (d) NZS 3019, in the case of in-service testing of electrical installations:

    • (e) AS/NZS 3832, in the case of electrical installations of cold cathode illumination systems:

    • (f) ECP 54, in the case of electrical installations of recessed luminaires and their auxiliary equipment.

    Regulation 69C: inserted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 31 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 69C(ba): inserted, on 8 January 2004, by regulation 8 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/355).

Cables, conductors, switches, plugs, etc

70 Cables and conductors
  • (1) Cables must be—

    • (a) located, or provided with mechanical protection of suitable strength; and

    • (b) protected against excess currents—

    so that they may operate safely in the particular situation in which they are being, or are to be, used.

    (2) Conductors must be adequately identified.

    (3) [Revoked]

    (4) [Revoked]

    (5) [Revoked]

    (6) [Revoked]

    (7) [Revoked]

    (8) [Revoked]

    Regulation 70(2): substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 32 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 70(3): revoked, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 32 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 70(4): revoked, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 32 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 70(5): revoked, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 32 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 70(6): revoked, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 32 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 70(7): revoked, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 32 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 70(8): revoked, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 32 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

71 Identification of conductors
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 71: revoked, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 33 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

72 Position of switches and protective fittings
  • (1) In a 2-wire electrical installation in which neither conductor is earthed, switches and circuit breakers must be fitted in both conductors throughout the installation.

    (2) Switches, fuse links, or circuit breakers must not be inserted into an earthed conductor or into any earthing connection.

    (3) However, subclause (2) does not apply to the extent that,—

    • (a) in the case of a traction system or the middle conductor of a 3-wire direct current system, a circuit breaker may be inserted into the earthed conductor; and

    • (b) in the case of an impedance earthed system, the neutral/earth connection may be switched, but only if the associated transformer starpoint is connected to earth at all times, either directly or though the neutral earthing impedance.

    Regulation 72: substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 34 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

73 Storage capacitors
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 73: revoked, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 35 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

74 Plugs and socket outlets
  • (1) 3-pin flat pin socket-outlets that comply with AS/NZS 3112 must be—

    • (a) used only in, or with, any works, electrical installations, or electrical appliances that operate at standard low voltage; and

    • (b) connected so that the earth-continuity conductor is connected to the slot on the radial line; and

    • (c) connected so that the order of connection, in a clockwise direction when the socket-outlet is viewed from the front, is—

      • (i) earth-continuity conductor:

      • (ii) active conductor:

      • (iii) neutral (or other) conductor.

    (2) No person may manufacture, import, sell, or offer for sale any plugs, connectors, or socket-outlets that—

    • (a) have scraping earth contacts for use in single-phase a.c. circuits of voltages up to and including 250 volts; and

    • (b) have rated currents of 5, 10, or 15 amperes; and

    • (c) are referred to in BS 196:1961 or NZS 1989:1965.

    (3) On or after 1 January 2004, no person may manufacture, import, sell, or offer for sale plugs, connectors, or socket- outlets that—

    • (a) have scraping earth contacts; and

    • (b) are referred to in BS 196:1961 or NZS 1989:1965.

    Regulation 74: substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 36 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

75 Residual current protection devices
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 75: revoked, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 37 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

Electrical appliances

76 Fittings and electrical appliances
  • (1) Low voltage fittings and electrical appliances must comply with AS/NZS 3820.

    (2) A low voltage fitting or electrical appliance complies with subclause (1) if it has been tested and verified to a standard listed in AS/NZS 4417 by a testing laboratory listed in AS/NZS 4417.

    (3) A fitting or electrical appliance (other than a medical/electrical fitting or appliance) that is in-service complies with regulation 69(1) if it has been tested, inspected, and tagged in accordance with AS/NZS 3760.

    (4) An electrical appliance (other than a medical/electrical appliance) being hired out or leased out complies with regulation 69(1) if it has been tested in accordance with AS/NZS 3760 before the hire or lease and has passed the tests required by that standard.

    (5) A used electrical appliance (other than a medical/electrical appliance) that is sold complies with regulation 69(1) if, before sale,—

    • (a) it has been tested in accordance with, and meets the requirements of, AS/NZS 3760, and has been tagged accordingly; or

    • (b) it has been disabled and marked in accordance with AS/NZS 4701.

    (6) However, subclause (5) does not apply to a spa-pool heater that does not comply with ECP 52.

    (7) A humidifier electrical appliance for heating liquids that operates on the electrode boiler principle—

    • (a) must comply with AS/NZS 3350.2.98; or

    • (b) must be—

      • (i) connected to a supply of electricity by a flexible cord and plug; and

      • (ii) protected by a residual current device that forms part of the plug or is mounted in the supply lead.

    (8) However, despite subclauses (1) and (7), fittings or electrical appliances that are imported into New Zealand in purported compliance with the Conformity Cooperation Agreement are exempt from subclauses (1) and (7) in relation to installation, maintenance, use, inspection, sale, and testing if they comply with regulation 69(1) as provided in regulation 69B(2).

    Regulation 76: substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 38 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 76(8): added, on 1 October 2008, by regulation 9 of the Electricity (China Free Trade Agreement) Regulations 2008 (SR 2008/223).

76A Non-complying fittings and electrical appliances
  • (1) A fitting or electrical appliance does not comply with regulation 69(1) if,—

    • (a) in normal use, or in the event of abnormal operation, it functions unsafely so as to cause danger to persons, property, or animals; or

    • (b) it has inadequate protection against direct contact or indirect contact; or

    • (c) its unearthed conductive parts are separated from live parts only by basic insulation.

    (2) An electrical appliance does not comply with regulation 69(1) if—

    • (a) the voltage at which the appliance operates is not adequately marked on the appliance; or

    • (b) it is used for a use other than its normal use, and is not provided, or used in conjunction, with suitable safeguards; or

    • (c) it is so constructed that it is not safe under both normal and abnormal conditions of use.

    Regulation 76A: inserted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 38 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

77 Handheld appliances
  • (1) Handheld appliances must be connected to a supply of electricity by—

    • (a) a plug or pins for insertion into a socket-outlet of suitable capacity; or

    • (b) a connector of suitable capacity.

    (2) The voltage of electricity supplied to a handheld appliance must not exceed 250 volts to earth.

    (3) A handheld appliance used by a person who is partly or wholly immersed in a conducting substance, or who is in a substantially conductive location, must be used in conjunction with one of the following safeguards against electric shock:

    • (a) the appliance is fixed wired and connected through a continuous flexible cord to a supply of electricity from a source isolated from earth with a voltage between conductors not exceeding 250 volts:

    • (b) the appliance is supplied with electricity from a safety extra-low voltage source:

    • (c) the appliance is double-insulated and is supplied with electricity through a residual current device.

    (4) Unless subclause (3) applies, a handheld appliance that is used indoors in a situation that is normally damp, or is used outdoors, or is used in a building or structure under construction, must be used in conjunction with one of the following safeguards:

    • (a) any of the safeguards referred to in subclause (3):

    • (b) the appliance is supplied with electricity from a monitored earth circuit where the supply to the appliance is automatically disconnected if the earth to the appliance is broken or disconnected:

    • (c) the appliance is supplied with electricity from a source connected to earth so that the voltage to earth will not be greater than 55 volts a.c.:

    • (d) the appliance is supplied with electricity through a residual current device:

    • (e) the appliance is supplied with electricity from a source isolated from earth with a voltage between conductors not exceeding 250 volts:

    • (f) the appliance is double insulated.

    Regulation 77: substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 39 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

78 Compliance with Conformity Cooperation Agreement marks
  • Fittings or electrical appliances that are imported into New Zealand in purported compliance with the Conformity Cooperation Agreement must—

    • (a) bear the Conformity Cooperation Agreement marks; and

    • (b) comply with the requirements of the agreement in relation to those marks.

    First regulation 78: inserted, on 1 October 2008, by regulation 9 of the Electricity (China Free Trade Agreement) Regulations 2008 (SR 2008/223).

78 Isolation of fixed wired appliances and ranges
  • [Revoked]

    Second regulation 78: revoked, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 40 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

Electric motors

[Revoked]

  • Heading: revoked, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 40 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

79 Particular requirements for electric motors
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 79: revoked, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 40 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

Switchboards

[Revoked]

  • Heading: revoked, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 40 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

80 Switchboards
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 80: revoked, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 40 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

81 MEN switchboards
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 81: revoked, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 40 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

82 Linked busbar switchboards
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 82: revoked, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 40 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

83 Distribution switchboards
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 83: revoked, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 40 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

Earthing requirements

84 Earthing in general
  • (1) In this regulation, metal means metal forming part of works, electrical installations, fittings, and electrical appliances that is not in substantial contact with the general mass of earth.

    (2) Metal must be earthed or connected to earth by a bonding system if—

    • (a) the metal is not fully isolated from both live parts and earth; or

    • (b) the metal is located within arm's reach.

    (3) However, metal may be connected to the neutral if the touch voltages are sufficiently low that shock currents and their duration cannot exceed the IEC shock currents standard.

    Regulation 84: substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 41 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

85 Fittings that must not or need not be earthed
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 85: revoked, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 42 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

86 Earthing system for MEN electrical installations
  • (1) The main earthing system of a MEN electrical installation must consist of,—

    • (a) an earth electrode; and

    • (b) an earthing lead; and

    • (c) an earth continuity busbar for the connection of earth continuity conductors within the installation; and

    • (d) where the installation is operating at standard low voltage, bonding of any available metallic water supply pipes to the earth continuity busbar; and

    • (e) a removable link between the earth continuity busbar and the supply neutral.

    (2) Subject to subclause (3), any earth electrode of an earthing system of a MEN electrical installation must consist of—

    • (a) a rod, being—

      • (i) a non-ferrous rod of not less than 12mm diameter, or

      • (ii) a non-ferrous coated steel rod of not less than 12mm diameter; or

      • (iii) a stainless steel coated steel rod of not less than 12mm diameter; or

      • (iv) a galvanised steel rod of not less than 16mm diameter; or

      • (v) a galvanised iron pipe of not less than 20mm diameter,—

      and in each case being driven to a vertical depth of at least 1.8m; or

    • (b) a buried electrode consisting of a length of not less than—

      • (i) 7.5m of 7mm diameter copper rod, or

      • (ii) 7.5m of 25mm by 1.6mm section copper strip; or

      • (iii) 7.5m of 15mm internal diameter galvanised iron pipe; or

      • (iv) 7.5m of 15mm copper pipe; or

      • (v) 7.5m of 35 mm2 bare copper conductor; or

      • (vi) 15m of 16 mm2 bare copper conductor,—

      and in each case buried at a depth of not less than 500mm below ground level; or

    • (c) a connection made by a suitable means to the metallic reinforcing of concrete foundations.

    (3) Pipes conveying water, gas, or flammable liquids or materials must not be used as earth electrodes.

    (4) A separate lead must be run from an earth electrode to a MEN switchboard.

    (5) The connection of the earthing lead to the earth electrode must—

    • (a) be by means of a suitable corrosion-resistant clamp that is readily accessible; and

    • (b) have a permanent label securely fitted at the connection point with legible wording reading EARTHING CONDUCTOR—DO NOT DISCONNECT.

    (6) Fittings of earthing systems must have suitable protection against mechanical damage and corrosion.

Miscellaneous provisions

87 Construction of works and electrical installations
  • (1) Subject to subclause (2), works and electrical installations are deemed not to be electrically safe for the purpose of regulation 69 where—

    • (a) the characteristics of any fittings are impaired in construction; or

    • (b) conductors are not adequately identified; or

    • (c) connections between conductors, and between conductors and other fittings, are not safe and reliable; or

    • (d) fittings are installed in such a way that any designed cooling conditions are impaired; or

    • (e) fittings which cause or are subject to high temperatures or electric arcs are placed in such a position or are unguarded so as to create a risk of ignition of flammable materials or of injury to persons or damage to property; or

    • (f) cables, including underground cables, are not adequately protected against the risk of damage by nature of their covering or their method of installation; or

    • (g) cables are bent beyond their design criteria; or

    • (h) there is insufficient space, access, or lighting to operate, maintain, repair, test, or inspect all fittings of the works or electrical installation, other than cables, in a safe manner.

    (2) Works must be constructed so as to minimise the risk of—

    • (a) electric shock; and

    • (b) fire and burns.

    (3) Subclause (2)(a) is satisfied,—

    • (a) for power system earthing, if ECP 35 is complied with:

    • (b) for works, if the supply of electricity within the works is limited so that shock currents and their duration cannot exceed the IEC shock currents standard.

    (4) Works and electrical installations must be constructed and installed to take into account any special dangers that they create to persons and property.

    (5) Subclause (4) is satisfied—

    • (a) for single-wire earth return systems, if ECP 41 is complied with:

    • (b) for retrofitting heaters into spa-pool installations, if ECP 52 is complied with:

    • (c) for recessed luminaires and their associated equipment, if ECP 54 is complied with.

    (6) [Revoked]

    Regulation 87(1)(b): substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 43(1) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 87(2): substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 43(2) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 87(3): substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 43(2) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 87(4): substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 43(2) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 87(5): substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 43(2) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 87(6): revoked, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 43(2) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

88 Further provisions relating to construction of works and electrical installations
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 88: revoked, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 44 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

89 Electricity generation facilities and substations
  • All electricity generating facilities of works or electrical installations, and all substations, must be secured against access by unauthorised persons.

90 Damp situations
  • Works, electrical installations, and electrical appliances, when located in damp situations, are deemed not to be electrically safe for the purpose of regulation 69 where—

    • (a) they do not offer protection from the ingress of moisture which could result in a hazard of electric shock; or

    • (b) in the case of electrical appliances, they are proposed to be supplied with electricity from socket outlets in areas that are to be immersed in or splashed with water, and those outlets do not have personal electrical protection, such as an RCD, or such as being supplied by an individual isolating transformer, or being supplied at extra-low voltage from an individual transformer; or

    • (c) unprotected switchboards are located in damp situations.

    Regulation 90: substituted, on 8 January 2004, by regulation 9 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2003 (SR 2003/355).

91 Extra-low voltage installations
  • Extra-low voltage electrical installations are deemed not to be electrically safe for the purpose of regulation 69 where—

    • (a) [Revoked]

    • (b) the fault current density of conductors (other than circuits operating at telecommunications network voltage) 0.5 mm2 or smaller is greater than 1 amp/mm2; or

    • (c) the supply to the installation is derived from the tapping of a stator of an electric motor, or from an auto-transformer.

    Regulation 91(a): revoked, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 46 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

92 Conductor insulation for overhead electric lines
  • Any low voltage overhead conductor (other than a neutral) that is attached to a building, or a structure of a similar nature, must be insulated for a distance of at least 20m from the building or structure, or for its whole length where the length is less than 20m.

93 Safety distances from electric lines
  • (1) A person who carries out any construction, building, excavation, or other work on or near an electric line must—

    • (a) maintain safe distances—

      • (i) between the conductors and fittings of the electric line and other electric lines, telecommunications lines, stay wires, buildings, structures, ground surfaces, and water surfaces; and

      • (ii) when building up, removing, excavating, or disturbing ground near the electric line; and

      • (iii) when operating mobile plant near the electric line; and

    • (b) comply with ECP 34.

    (2) A person who carries out work upgrading or altering an electric line in existence on the date on which this regulation comes into force must comply with ECP 34 only in relation to those parts of the line that are being upgraded or altered.

    Regulation 93: substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 47 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

93A Interference with, or movement of, works
  • A person must not interfere with, or move or attempt to move, any works, whether or not the works have been damaged, unless—

    • (a) the person obtains permission from the owner or operator of the works; or

    • (b) the person is authorised by an enactment; or

    • (c) an emergency requires it.

    Regulation 93A: inserted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 47 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

94 Protection against direct and indirect electrical contact
  • (1) A person having control of any works, electrical installation, electrical appliance, or associated equipment must take all practicable steps to minimise the risk of direct or indirect contact with the works, electrical installation, electrical appliance, or associated equipment.

    (2) Compliance with any of the following criteria is deemed to be compliance with subclause (1):

    • (a) prevention of the passing of an electrical current through the body of a person or limiting that current so that shock currents and their duration cannot exceed the IEC shock currents standard:

    • (b) automatic disconnection of the power supply to the works, electrical installation, electrical appliance, or associated equipment, as the case may be, on the occurrence of a fault:

    • (c) use of screens, barriers, or fittings which prevent direct or indirect accidental contact with the live fittings or exposed conductive parts.

    (3) [Revoked]

    (4) [Revoked]

    Regulation 94(3): revoked, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 48 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 94(4): revoked, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 48 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

95 Notification of existence of particular types of electrical installations
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 95: revoked, on 18 November 1999, by regulation 10 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 1999 (SR 1999/369).

96 Notification of construction of or additions to electric lines
  • [Revoked]

    Regulation 96: revoked, on 18 November 1999, by regulation 11 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 1999 (SR 1999/369).

97 Connectable installations
  • (1) Connectable installations must be manufactured and installed so that they operate safely if used for their intended purpose.

    (2) Connectable installations are deemed to comply with subclause (1) where,—

    • (a) in respect of those in vehicles or relocatable buildings, they comply with the requirements of AS/NZS 3001; or

    • (b) in respect of those in pleasure vessels, they comply with the requirements of AS/NZS 3004.

    (3) Subject to subclause (5), any person may obtain, in respect of any connectable installation,—

    • (a) a warrant of electrical fitness in accordance with section 7 of NZS 3019; or

    • (b) a certificate of compliance.

    (4) Every person who hires out or leases out any vehicle, relocatable building, or pleasure vessel that contains a connectable installation must ensure that, before that person hires out or leases out that vehicle, relocatable building, or pleasure vessel to any other person, that connectable installation has—

    • (a) a warrant of electrical fitness in accordance with section 7 of NZS 3019; or

    • (b) a certificate of compliance that was issued not more than 4 years before the date of the hiring out or leasing out, as the case may be.

    (4A) For the purposes of subclauses (3) and (4), warrants of electrical fitness are valid for a period of 4 years from the date of issue.

    (5) Warrants of electrical fitness may be issued by the following persons:

    • (a) a registered electrical inspector:

    • (b) a person authorised for the purpose by the Secretary, being a person who has satisfied the Secretary that he or she is competent to carry out the testing required for the purpose of issuing a warrant of electrical fitness.

    (6) Warrants of electrical fitness must be on the form approved by the Secretary for the purpose.

    (6A) A person who issues a warrant of electrical fitness must—

    • (a) give a copy of the completed warrant form to the person requesting the warrant; and

    • (b) keep a copy of the completed warrant form for at least 5 years or send a copy to the Secretary; and

    • (c) complete and affix the warrant of electrical fitness sticker supplied with the warrant form in a prominent place on the connectable installation.

    (7) Forms of warrants of electrical fitness are available from the Secretary upon payment of the prescribed fee.

    (8) Standard low voltage is the prescribed voltage for the purposes of the definition of connectable installation in section 2(1) of the Act.

    Regulation 97(2)(a): amended, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 49(1) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 97(2)(b): amended, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 49(2) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 97(3)(a): substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 49(3) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 97(4)(a): substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 49(4) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 97(4A): inserted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 49(5) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 97(6A): inserted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 49(6) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

98 Supply of electricity to connectable installations
  • (1) Fittings supplying electricity to connectable installations must be installed and maintained so that they operate safely if used for their intended purpose.

    (2) Fittings to which subclause (1) applies are deemed to comply with that subclause where,—

    • (a) in respect of those in caravan park areas, they comply with the requirements of AS/NZS 3001; or

    • (b) in respect of those in boat marinas, they comply with the requirements of AS/NZS 3004.

    (3) Socket-outlets for the supply of electricity at standard low voltage to a connectable installation must,—

    • (a) in the case of a connectable installation in a caravan park or boat marina, comply with IEC 60309 or its equivalent or AS/NZS 3112 and be rated at or above 15 amperes; and

    • (b) have supplementary protection against electric shock, unless the socket-outlets are installed in a caravan park and comply with IEC 60309.

    (4) Protective fittings of socket outlets used to supply electricity at standard low voltage to connectable installations must have a rating that does not exceed the rating of the socket outlet.

    (5) A person who supplies electricity at standard low voltage to a connectable installation must first verify that the installation has—

    • (a) a current warrant of electrical fitness issued in accordance with section 6 of NZS 3019; or

    • (b) a certificate of compliance, for the whole of the installation, that is not more than 4 years old.

    Regulation 98(2)(a): amended, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 50(1) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 98(2)(b): amended, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 50(2) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 98(3): substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 50(3) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 98(5): substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 50(4) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

99 Arbitrators
  • (1) The Secretary may from time to time, on request, appoint arbitrators for the purposes of providing opinions on disputes over whether or not the technical requirements of Part 4 or Part 5 have been complied with.

    (2) The term of appointment of any arbitrator is 2 years, unless otherwise agreed between the appointee and the Secretary.

    (3) The procedure to be used by the arbitrator in carrying out the functions referred to in subclause (1) may be determined by the arbitrator.

    (4) Arbitrators may be paid remuneration by way of fees or allowances, and travelling allowances and expenses, in accordance with the Fees and Travelling Allowances Act 1951, and the provisions of that Act apply accordingly as if an arbitrator were a member of a statutory Board.

    (5) The person who requested the arbitration must pay the prescribed fee at the completion of the arbitration.

Offences

100 Offences
  • Every person commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 who,—

    • (a) manufactures, designs, constructs, installs, sells, hires out, or leases out any works, electrical installation, fittings, electrical appliance, or associated equipment that is not electrically safe; or

    • (ab) installs, sells, hires out, or leases out any fitting or electrical appliance that is imported into New Zealand in purported compliance with the Conformity Cooperation Agreement that does not comply with regulation 69(1) as provided in regulation 69B(2); or

    • (b) uses any works, electrical installation, fittings, electrical appliance, or associated equipment that is not electrically safe, knowing that the works, electrical installation, fittings, electrical appliance, or associated equipment, as the case may be, is not electrically safe; or

    • (c) installs or uses any—

      • (iii) switch or protective fitting contrary to the requirements of regulation 72; or

      • (iv) socket-outlet contrary to the requirements of regulation 74; or

      • (v) handheld appliance contrary to the requirements of regulation 77; or

      • (vi) low voltage overhead conductor that operates at standard low voltage contrary to the requirements of regulation 92; or

    • (d) fails to—

      • (iv) secure any electricity generating facility, works, electrical installation, or substation against access by unauthorised persons in accordance with regulation 89; or

    • (e) being a person having control of any works, electrical installation, electrical appliance, or associated equipment, fails to take all practicable steps to minimise the risk of direct or indirect contact with the works, electrical installation, electrical appliance, or associated equipment; or

    • (f) manufactures or installs any connectable installation contrary to the requirements of regulation 97(1); or

    • (g) being a person who hires out or leases out any vehicle, relocatable building, or pleasure vessel that contains a connectable installation, fails to comply with the requirements of regulation 97(4); or

    • (h) not being a person authorised by or pursuant to regulation 97(5) to issue warrants of electrical fitness, issues a warrant of electrical fitness under regulation 97; or

    • (i) sells, or offers to sell, any fitting or electrical appliance that has a regulatory compliance mark but does not comply with AS/NZS 4417, or

    • (j) sells, or offers to sell, any fitting or electrical appliance that is imported into New Zealand in purported compliance with the Conformity Cooperation Agreement that does not comply with regulation 78.

    Regulation 100(a): amended, on 18 November 1999, by regulation 12(1) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 1999 (SR 1999/369).

    Regulation 100(ab): inserted, on 1 October 2008, by regulation 9 of the Electricity (China Free Trade Agreement) Regulations 2008 (SR 2008/223).

    Regulation 100(c): substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 51(1) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 100(d): substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 51(1) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 100(h): amended, on 18 November 1999, by regulation 12(2) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 1999 (SR 1999/369).

    Regulation 100(i): added, on 18 November 1999, by regulation 12(2) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 1999 (SR 1999/369).

    Regulation 100(i): amended, on 1 October 2008, by regulation 9 of the Electricity (China Free Trade Agreement) Regulations 2008 (SR 2008/223).

    Regulation 100(i): amended, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 51(2) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Regulation 100(j): added, on 1 October 2008, by regulation 9 of the Electricity (China Free Trade Agreement) Regulations 2008 (SR 2008/223).

Part 6
Miscellaneous provisions

Declared articles

101 Declared articles
  • (1) Subject to subclause (9), the Secretary may from time to time give public notice that stated types or categories of fittings or electrical appliances (in these regulations referred to as declared articles) require the Secretary's approval before being offered for sale in New Zealand, and any such notice may be in the same manner amended or revoked at any time.

    (2) [Revoked]

    (3) An application for the approval by the Secretary of any declared article must be made on the form approved by the Secretary for the purpose, and must be accompanied by the prescribed fee.

    (4) An application made under subclause (3) may be referred by the Secretary to an experienced person for advice on compliance of the declared article with electrical safety requirements.

    (5) The Secretary must notify the applicant in writing of the Secretary's decision.

    (6) The Secretary may,—

    • (a) on giving an approval under subclause (5), impose any condition or conditions to which the approval is subject:

    • (b) at any time, by notice in the Gazette, impose any condition or conditions to which any deemed approval under subclause (9) is subject.

    (7) The Secretary may, on giving 7 days' notice in writing to the applicant,—

    • (a) vary or revoke any condition imposed under subclause (6); or

    • (b) specify any additional condition to which the approval is subject.

    (8) Any approval (including any deemed approval under subclause (9)) given by the Secretary under this regulation may be varied or withdrawn at any time on the giving of 7 days notice in writing to the applicant.

    (9) A declared article is deemed to have the Secretary's approval under subclause (1) if the declared article—

    • (a) is approved or certified by an organisation, agency, programme, or regime recognised by the Secretary under subclause (10); and

    • (b) complies, as required, with any terms or conditions of approval or certification.

    (10) The Secretary may, from time to time, give public notice recognising an organisation or agency, or a programme or regime of compliance, for the purposes of subclause (9).

    Regulation 101(2): revoked, on 18 November 1999, by regulation 13(1) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 1999 (SR 1999/369).

    Regulation 101(9): substituted, on 18 November 1999, by regulation 13(2) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 1999 (SR 1999/369).

    Regulation 101(10): substituted, on 18 November 1999, by regulation 13(2) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 1999 (SR 1999/369).

101A Specified fittings or electrical appliances
  • (1) The Secretary may, from time to time,—

    • (a) specify fittings or electrical appliances that must not be sold, or offered for sale, before a declaration of compliance by the supplier is given; and

    • (b) prescribe the form of declaration of compliance that must be used by a supplier.

    (2) Decisions by the Secretary under subclause (1)—

    • (a) must be made by notice in the Gazette; and

    • (b) may be amended or revoked, at any time, by notice in the Gazette.

    (3) A declaration of compliance prescribed by the Secretary under subclause (1) must—

    • (a) include a statement, by the supplier of specified fittings or electrical appliances, that the fittings or electrical appliances comply with regulation 69; and

    • (b) refer to or specify any documents used as the basis for the statement under paragraph (a).

    Regulation 101A: inserted, on 18 November 1999, by regulation 14 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 1999 (SR 1999/369).

Prohibitions, exemptions, and urgent instructions

102 Prohibition of fittings and electrical appliances
  • (1) The Secretary may, in the manner provided for in subclause (2), prohibit the manufacture, importation, sale, installation, and use of any fittings or electrical appliance that constitutes or may constitute an electrical hazard.

    (1A) The Secretary may, in the manner provided for in subclause (2), prohibit the importation, sale, installation, and use of any fitting or electrical appliance imported into New Zealand in purported compliance with the Conformity Cooperation Agreement that does not comply with regulation 78.

    (2) A prohibition under this regulation—

    • (a) must be made by notice in the Gazette; and

    • (b) takes effect on and from the date specified for the purpose in the notice, which date must be later than the date of publication of the notice in the Gazette; and

    • (c) must adequately describe the fittings or electrical appliance being prohibited; and

    • (d) must give brief reasons for the belief that the fitting or electrical appliance,—

      • (i) if subclause (1) applies, constitutes or may constitute an electrical hazard; or

      • (ii) if subclause (2) applies, does not comply with regulation 78.

    (3) Where the Secretary knows the New Zealand address of the manufacturer, importer, seller, or user concerned, the Secretary must cause notice of the prohibition to be given to that person before the date specified in the notice in the Gazette as the date on which the prohibition takes effect.

    (4) A prohibition made under this regulation may in the same manner be varied or revoked.

    Regulation 102(1A): inserted, on 1 October 2008, by regulation 9 of the Electricity (China Free Trade Agreement) Regulations 2008 (SR 2008/223).

    Regulation 102(2)(d): substituted, on 1 October 2008, by regulation 9 of the Electricity (China Free Trade Agreement) Regulations 2008 (SR 2008/223).

103 Secretary's exemptions from requirements
  • (1) On application, the Secretary may in writing, and for such period as the Secretary specifies, exempt specific works, electrical installations, fittings, electrical appliances, associated equipment, persons, or things from any requirement imposed by any of regulations 28 to 36 or regulation 46, or by any of the regulations in Part 4 or Part 5.

    (2) An application for an exemption under this regulation must be made on the form approved by the Secretary for the purpose and be accompanied by the prescribed fee.

    (3) The Secretary may amend or withdraw any exemption granted pursuant to this regulation—

    • (a) in order to prevent any danger or potential danger to the safety of any person or property, on giving 20 working days' notice to the holder of the exemption; or

    • (b) where the holder asks the Secretary to withdraw that exemption.

    (4) The Secretary may impose any condition or conditions to which the exemption is subject.

104 Chief executive responsible for Building Act 2004 may grant exemptions
  • (1) The chief executive of the department of State responsible for the administration of the Building Act 2004 may, in writing, and for any period that the chief executive specifies, exempt specific works, electrical installations, fittings, electrical appliances, associated equipment, persons, or things from any requirement imposed by any regulations in Part 4 or Part 5 in any case where—

    • (a) compliance with an electrical code of practice is taken to be compliance with that regulation; and

    • (b) that electrical code of practice is approved by the chief executive for use in establishing compliance with the provisions of the building code made under the Building Act 2004.

    (2) The chief executive may amend or withdraw an exemption granted under these regulations—

    • (a) in order to prevent danger or potential danger to the safety of a person or property, on giving 20 working days' notice to the holder of the exemption; or

    • (b) if the holder asks the chief executive to withdraw the exemption.

    (3) The chief executive may grant the exemption subject to any conditions that the chief executive thinks fit.

    Regulation 104: substituted, on 31 March 2005, by section 414 of the Building Act 2004 (2004 No 72).

105 Issuing of urgent instructions
  • (1) In any case of urgency, the Secretary may issue instructions, orders, or requirements for securing the protection of persons from injuries caused, directly or indirectly, by electricity.

    (2) Any instruction, order, or requirement issued by the Secretary must be,—

    • (a) where the instruction, order, or requirement is specific to a particular person or persons, by notice in writing to that person or persons; or

    • (b) where the instruction, order, or requirement is of more general application, by notice in the Gazette.

    (3) No instruction, order, or requirement issued under this regulation (and whether or not amended) may remain in force for a period exceeding 6 months from the date of its issue.

    (4) The Secretary may from time to time, in the same manner, amend or revoke any such instruction, order, or requirement.

Accident reports

106 Details to be provided in reporting accidents
  • (1) Persons reporting accidents in accordance with section 16 of the Act must notify the Secretary in writing of the following particulars of the accident:

    • (a) the name of the person so notifying and the place at which that person may be contacted (including where possible a telephone number and facsimile number):

    • (b) the place, date, and time of the accident:

    • (c) a complete description of the accident:

    • (d) a description of any injuries, damage, or losses resulting from the accident:

    • (e) where known, the names and contact information of any witness, investigator at the scene, or other person who could provide cogent information on the accident:

    • (f) possible causative factors (if any are known):

    • (g) any resuscitation applied, including the method, the length of time applied, the reason for discontinuing, and the person that applied the resuscitation:

    • (h) any associated equipment involved, including the type, whether or not it operated correctly, and any reasons why it did not operate correctly:

    • (i) the condition of the associated equipment involved, including its age:

    • (j) where known, the name, age, sex, occupation, and residential address of the victim.

    (2) The reporting of accidents may initially be by telephone or facsimile, as long as the written report is sent to the Secretary within 2 weeks of the telephone or facsimile notification.

Offences

107 Offences
  • Every person commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 who,—

    • (a) sells, or offers for sale, any declared article that has not been approved in accordance with regulation 101; or

    • (aa) sells, or offers to sell, any fittings or electrical appliances specified by the Secretary under regulation 101A(1)(a) for which there is no declaration of compliance; or

    • (b) contrary to any prohibition imposed pursuant to regulation 102, manufactures, imports, offers for sale or sells, installs, or uses, any prohibited fittings or electrical appliance; or

    • (c) fails to comply with any instruction, order, or requirement issued in accordance with regulation 105.

    Regulation 107(aa): inserted, on 18 November 1999, by regulation 15 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 1999 (SR 1999/369).

Transitional provisions

108 Approvals, modifications, permissions, etc, under earlier regulations
  • (1) The following approvals, modifications, permissions, prohibitions, exemptions, instructions, orders, and requirements continue in force until their expiry (where an expiry is provided for in the approval, modification, permission, prohibition, exemption, instruction, order, or requirement):

    • (a) modifications under regulation 6 of the Electrical Wiring Regulations 1976 (SR 1976/38):

    • (b) permissions under regulation 7 of the Electrical Wiring Regulations 1976 (as substituted by regulation 2 of the Electrical Wiring Regulations 1976, Amendment No 4):

    • (c) declared article approvals under regulation 18 of the Electrical Wiring Regulations 1976 (as substituted by regulation 4 of the Electrical Wiring Regulations 1976, Amendment No 6, and as amended by regulation 3 of the Electrical Wiring Regulations 1976, Amendment No. 8):

    • (d) modifications under regulation 4 of the Electrical Supply Regulations 1984 (SR 1984/167) (as amended by regulation 3 of the Electrical Supply Regulations 1984, Amendment No 4):

    • (e) permissions under regulation 5 of the Electrical Supply Regulations 1984.

    • (f) approvals under regulation 23(c) of the Electricity Regulations 1993 (SR 1993/75):

    • (g) declared article approvals under regulation 90 of the Electricity Regulations 1993:

    • (h) prohibitions under regulation 91 of the Electricity Regulations 1993:

    • (i) exemptions under regulations 92 and 93 of the Electricity Regulations 1993:

    • (j) instructions, orders, and requirements under regulation 94 of the Electricity Regulations 1993.

    (2) From the date of the commencement of these regulations, regulations 103(3) and 103(4) apply to the permissions, modifications, and exemptions referred to in subclause (1) as if they were exemptions granted under regulation 103.

    (3) From the date of the commencement of these regulations, regulations 101(7) and 101(8) apply to the declared article approvals referred to in subclause (1) as if they were approvals granted under regulation 101.

    (4) From the date of the commencement of these regulations, regulation 102(4) applies to the prohibitions referred to in subclause (1)(h) as if they were prohibitions made under regulation 102.

    (5) From the date of the commencement of these regulations, regulations 105(3) and 105(4) apply to the instructions, orders, and requirements referred to in subclause (1)(j) as if they were instructions, orders, and requirements issued under regulation 105.

Fees

109 Fees
  • (1) The fees specified in Schedule 9 are payable in respect of the matters specified in that schedule.

    (2) The fees prescribed by these regulations are inclusive of goods and services tax.

    (3) The Board may, if it thinks fit, in any of the following circumstances, waive, refund, or remit the whole or part of any fee prescribed by these regulations that would otherwise be payable to the Board by any person:

    • (a) where, in any period beginning on 1 April in any year and ending with the close of 31 March in the following year, any person makes—

      • (i) an application for registration; or

      • (ii) an application for a practising licence; or

      • (iii) an application for a written examination, or

      • (iv) an application for a practical examination,—

      and that person has, in that period, already made an application of that same kind:

    • (b) where, in the case of an applicant for a practising licence, the cost to the Board of carrying out the Board's obligations under section 149(d) of the Act in respect of the class of work (or a particular category of the class of work) in respect of which the applicant is registered does not justify the charging of the full fee in respect of that application:

    • (c) where a practising licence is issued for any period less than 1 year:

    • (d) where any fee is overpaid or is paid in error.

Revocations

110 Revocations
  • The following regulations are revoked:

    • (a) the Electricity Regulations 1993 (SR 1993/75):

    • (b) the Electricity Regulations 1993, Amendment No 1 (SR 1993/413):

    • (c) the Electricity Regulations 1993, Amendment No 2 (SR 1994/18):

    • (d) the Electricity Regulations 1993, Amendment No 3 (SR 1995/59).


Schedule 1
Qualifications for registration as electrician

Reg 4(1)

1 Training and experience
  • (1) Applicants for registration must have—

    • (a) completed a formal course of training or apprenticeship either in New Zealand or overseas that the Board accepts as incorporating, or as a satisfactory alternative to, the skills outlined in subclause (2); or

    • (b) had informal off the job and on the job training that the Board accepts as equivalent, or as a satisfactory alternative, to paragraph (a); or

    • (c) completed, and had, a combination of the training referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b) that the Board accepts as meeting the requirements of those paragraphs,—

    and have had either—

    • (d) practical on the job experience under a competency based system, or a similar formal training system, that incorporates the skills outlined in subclause (2), including not less than 2000 hours on the installation of conductors within buildings or structures (including fittings connected to those conductors), as confirmed by employers in logbooks, or detailed in references or certificates; or

    • (e) not less than 4 years' experience in a range of work which the Board accepts as equivalent to that specified in paragraph (d) and includes not less than 2000 hours on the installation of conductors within buildings or structures (including fittings connected to those conductors).

    (2) The skills referred to in subclauses (1)(a) and (1)(d) are as follows:

    • Electrical isolation procedures

    • Use of residual current devices and isolating transformers

    • Selection and correct use of tools

    • Selection, installation, and connection of—

      • Cable support systems

      • Conduits

      • Cable protection

      • Tough-plastic-sheathed and neutral screened cables and PVC conduit wires

      • Switchboards and fittings connected to those switchboards

      • Lighting and lighting circuitry

      • Single-phase and three-phase circuitry and fittings connected to those circuits

      • Single-phase and three-phase motors and starters

      • Earthing and bonding

    • Use and care of test instruments

    • Fault diagnosis and repair of circuits, meters, transformers, and electrical appliances

    • Maintenance of circuit breakers and residual current devices.

2 Examinations
  • Applicants for registration must have passed theory examinations, regulations examinations, and practical assessments or practical examinations, containing the following subject-matter (or, where registration is to be limited under section 86 of the Act, such parts of the following subject-matter as are relevant), and conducted by the Board or organisations approved by the Board:

    • (a) theory examination:

      • Systems of supply

      • Electrical protection of real and personal property

      • Electrical safety of personnel

      • Transformers and their applications

      • Selection of cables

      • Switchboards and isolation fittings

      • Semi-conductor fittings

      • The purpose and use of test instruments

      • Testing of—

        • Conductors (including fittings connected to those conductors) of new works or conductors of electrical installations

        • Additions and alterations to conductors (including fittings connected to those conductors)

        • Works, electrical installations, fittings, and electrical appliances

      • Record-keeping for test results and self-certification

      • Three-phase motors and starters including—

        • Selection and construction

        • Comparisons for suitability

        • Calculation of start and run currents

      • Single-phase motors including—

        • Selection and construction

        • Comparisons for suitability

        • Calculation of start and run currents

        • Starting methods

        • Reversal of rotation

      • Selection and suitability of motor protection

      • Alternators

      • Prescribed electrical work requiring inspection under regulation 41

      • Lighting:

    • (b) regulations examination:

      Knowledge, understanding, and application of—

      • Provisions of the Act and these regulations that relate to electrical safety, the registration and licensing of workers, and the testing, certification, and connection of prescribed electrical work

      • Electrical codes of practice relevant to the work of electricians

    • (c) practical examination or practical assessment:

      Stage 1:

      • Electrical safety

      • Single-phase plugs, cord connectors, and socket outlets

      • Selection and loading of fuse links

      • Flexible cord selection, identification, and termination

      • Soldering techniques for cables and flexible cords, and for fittings and electrical appliances connected to such cable and cords

      • Connection of flexible cords to metal framed electrical appliances

      • Connections using the crimp lug methods

      • Edison screw and bayonet can lampholders

      • Switching and control methods for lighting circuits and the connection of light fittings

      • Three-heat switching and energy regulator control circuits

      • Testing of electrical appliances

      • Use of test instruments

      • Identification and connection of cables and fittings connected to those cables

      • Electric motor connections and reversal of rotation methods

      • Flexible cords and fittings connected to those flexible cords

      • Connection and reconnection of fixed wired appliances

      • Direct on-line electric motor starters, control circuits, and protection fittings

      Stage 2:

      • Safe working practices and safety rules

      • Testing:

        • Of the insulation resistance of conductors and other fittings, and of electrical appliances

        • For the polarity of single-phase and three-phase socket outlets

        • For circuit continuity

        • Of earthing and bonding conductors

      • Live testing of circuits using electrical test instruments

      • Installing subcircuits and socket outlets

      • Make up single-phase extension leads and three-phase extension leads for industrial applications and use

      • Construct a switchboard for a domestic or light commercial electrical installation

      • Connection and termination of conductors

      • Electrical appliance control circuits

      • Lighting control circuits

      Stage 3:

      Section 1

      • Consolidation exercises of the practical skills detailed in stages 1 and 2

      Section 2

      • Single-phase and three-phase induction motors:

        • Carry out winding, fittings, and connection tests after installing the necessary wiring

        • Demonstrate the ability to change the direction of rotation for each type of motor

      • Three-phase cage induction motors (direct on-line):

        • Carry out the connection of the various starter components for motors of two-wire control, and of three-wire control, that includes remote stop/start stations

        • Starting, protection, and adjustment of over-current and single-phasing

      • Testing of single-phase and three-phase induction motor installations

      • Connecting and testing, reversal and speed control, of any 2 of the following types of motors

        • Universal single-phase

        • Three-phase cage induction

        • Three-phase slip-ring induction

      • Testing of existing subcircuits

      • Recording of test results and the completion of records

      • Certification of prescribed electrical work

      • Testing of fittings and electrical appliances

      • Safety of personnel

      • Residual current devices and isolating transformers

      • Testing of compliance requirements for and protection afforded subcircuits and fittings

      • Motor starters

      • Selection and loading of fuse links

      • Lighting circuits and the connection of light fittings

      • Basic first-aid.

3 Safety instruction
  • Applicants for registration must have received instruction in the following safe working practices, resuscitation, and testing:

    • (a) safe working practices:

      Complete instruction in safe working practices relevant to the work proposed to be undertaken by the applicant, as outlined in electrical codes of practice, and in any standards set by the Secretary:

    • (b) cardio-pulmonary resuscitation:

      Complete training in accordance with the Electrical Code of Safety Practice for CPR Training in the Electrical Industry issued by the Secretary on 6 May 1991:

    • (c) testing:

      Complete instruction in testing for—

      • (i) personal safety before commencing work; and

      • (ii) completed work before connection; and

      • (iii) completed work for continuing safety; and

      • (iv) compliance with regulatory requirements, including polarity and phase rotation (if applicable).

Schedule 2
Qualifications for registration as electrical service technician

Reg 4(2)

1 Training and experience
  • (1) Applicants for registration must have—

    • (a) completed a formal course of training or apprenticeship either in New Zealand or overseas that the Board accepts as incorporating, or as a satisfactory alternative to, the skills listed in subclause (2); or

    • (b) had informal off the job and on the job training that the Board accepts as equivalent, or as a satisfactory alternative, to paragraph (a); or

    • (c) completed, and had, a combination of the training referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b) that the Board accepts as meeting the requirements of those paragraphs,—

    and must have completed, to the satisfaction of the Board, a range of practical on the job experience in those skills listed in subclause (2) that are relevant to the range of work for which applicants will be registered.

    (2) The skills referred to in subclause (1) are as follows:

    • Electrical isolation procedures

    • Selection and correct use of tools

    • Use and care of test instruments

    • Installing and replacing fuse links

    • Selecting, replacing, repairing, and fitting flexible cables, flexible cords, and fittings connected to those flexible cords

    • Fault diagnosis on circuits, conductors, and electrical appliances

    • Selecting, replacing, and repairing protection and control fittings

    • Selecting and replacing like for like fittings (but not including any work on any switchboard or conductor)

    • Fittings and electrical appliance test procedures

    • Use of isolating transformers

    • Use and testing of residual current devices designed for the protection of personnel using electrical appliances

    • Use of associated equipment and safety procedures

    • Electric motors, and fixed wired appliances, including the following isolation procedures:

      • Connection and disconnection

      • Repair and maintenance

      • Reversing

    • Assembly of flexible leads, and fittings connected to those flexible leads.

2 Examinations
  • Applicants for registration must have passed theory examinations, and practical examinations or practical assessments, containing the following subject-matter (or, where registration is to be limited under section 86 of the Act, such parts of the following subject-matter as are relevant), and conducted by the Board or organisations approved by the Board:

    • (a) theory examination:

      • Basic knowledge and understanding of electrical circuits and systems of supply

      • Understanding of electrical terms, symbols, and values

      • Electrical safety of personnel

      • Limits of work and other responsibilities

      • Circuit protection and safety fittings

      • Testing and inspection of fittings and electrical appliances

      • The prescribed tests and the requirements for compliance with these regulations and electrical codes of practice

      • Flexible cords and flexible cables, and fittings connected to those flexible cords and flexible cables

      • Protection of live parts for all insulated fittings, double-insulated fittings, earth situations, and damp situations

      • Knowledge of these regulations and electrical codes of practice

      • Safety isolation procedures and systems

      • Replacing and repairing fittings and electrical appliances (but not including any work on any switchboard or conductor)

      • The use and care of test instruments

      • Work in hazardous locations and environments and in damp situations

      • Knowledge and understanding of electric motors

      • Principles of electrical operation, and typical uses of the following types of switches:

        • Infinitely variable controls

        • Thermostat

        • Pressure

        • Limit

        • Time

      • The effects of electric shock:

    • (b) practical examination or practical assessment of skills relating to the following:

      • Electrical safety

      • Plugs and socket outlets

      • Fuses

      • Flexible cords

      • Soldering

      • Crimp connections to conductors of flexible cords

      • Edison screw and bayonet cap lampholders

      • Switching of lamps

      • Three-heat switching and energy regulators

      • Supply voltage and current testing of electrical appliances

      • Testing of fittings and electrical appliances

      • Identification of conductors, and fittings connected to those conductors

      • Electric motors

      • Plugs and cord connector sockets

      • Fluorescent lighting connection methods

      • Disconnection and reconnection of fixed wired appliances

      • Electric motor starters

      • Basic first-aid.

3 Safety instruction
  • Applicants for registration must have received instruction in the following safe working practices, resuscitation, and testing:

    • (a) safe working practices:

      Complete instruction in safe working practices relevant to the work proposed to be undertaken by the applicant, as outlined in electrical codes of practice, and in any standards set by the Secretary:

    • (b) cardio-pulmonary resuscitation:

      Complete training in accordance with the Electrical Code of Safety Practice for CPR Training in the Electrical Industry issued by the Secretary on 6 May 1991:

    • (c) testing:

      Complete instruction in testing for—

      • (i) personal safety before commencing work; and

      • (ii) completed work before connection; and

      • (iii) completed work for continuing safety; and

      • (iv) compliance with regulatory requirements, including polarity and phase rotation (if applicable).

Schedule 3
Qualifications for registration as line mechanic

Reg 4(3)

1 Training and experience
  • (1) Applicants for registration must have—

    • (a) completed a formal course of training or apprenticeship either in New Zealand or overseas that the Board accepts as incorporating, or as a satisfactory alternative to, the skills listed in subclause (2); or

    • (b) had informal off the job and on the job training that the Board accepts as equivalent, or as a satisfactory alternative, to paragraph (a); or

    • (c) completed, and had, a combination of the training referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b) that the Board accepts as meeting the requirements of those paragraphs,—

    and must have completed, to the satisfaction of the Board, a range of practical on the job experience in those skills listed in subclause (2) that are relevant to the range of work for which applicants will be registered.

    (2) The skills referred to in subclause (1) are as follows:

    • Isolation, testing, and earthing of lines and their fittings

    • Testing of supports, lines, and their fittings

    • Livening of lines and their fittings, and of electrical installations and works

    • Use and maintenance of personnel safety equipment

    • Use and care of test instruments

    • Rescue from contact with live fittings or equipment

    • Resuscitation on the ground, on a structure, and in a cable pit

    • Install or replace conductors on supports carrying live conductors or de-energised conductors, or isolated and earthed conductors

    • Replace live low voltage conductors on poles carrying live high and/or low voltage conductors

    • Erect supports

    • Providing support for unsafe supports

    • Dismantle disused supports and fittings

    • Select and install stays and guys

    • Select and fit fittings to supports

    • Maintain and inspect isolated and earthed overhead electric lines

    • Maintain and operate live low voltage overhead electric lines

    • Maintain and operate live high voltage overhead electric lines

    • Ascertain whether a support is safe to use as a working platform

    • Work on underground systems of electricity supply

    • Fell or trim trees and vegetation in the proximity of live overhead electric lines

    • Install and maintain street lights (whether reticulated by overhead or underground lines)

    • Install pad mounted, ground mounted, and support mounted fittings and earthing systems

    • Install, connect, maintain, and test earthing systems

    • Install, maintain, and test fittings for transformers

    • Take readings, and record results, from instruments, meters, and relays

    • Work from an elevating platform vehicle

    • Use, maintenance, and storage of tools and associated equipment.

2 Examinations
  • Applicants for registration must have passed theory examinations, regulations examinations, and practical examinations or practical assessments, containing the following subject-matter (or, where registration is to be limited under section 86 of the Act, such parts of the following subject-matter as are relevant), and conducted by the Board or organisations approved by the Board:

    • (a) theory examination:

      • Basic electrical principles

      • Basic mechanical principles

      • Systems of electricity supply

      • Types and design considerations of electric lines

      • Types and operation of transformers

      • Types and operation of switchgear and fuses

      • Types and operation of substations

      • Installing and jointing cables, including fittings connected to those cables

      • Faults and fault location

      • Street lights and pilot systems

      • Care, use, and maintenance of instruments:

    • (b) regulations examination:

      Knowledge, understanding, and application of—

      • Provisions of the Act and these regulations that relate to electrical safety, the registration and licensing of workers, and the testing, certification, and connection of prescribed electrical work

      • Electrical codes of practice relevant to the work of line mechanics:

    • (c) practical examination or practical assessment:

      • Install and recover conductors under high voltage electric lines assumed to be alive

      • Jointing, termination, and attachment of copper and aluminium conductors with commonly used fittings

      • Operating, locking off, tagging, testing, and application of airbreak switches

      • Isolation of transformers from both primary and secondary circuits

      • Phasing out checks and tap changing

      • Pulling, rewiring, and replacing of fuse links

      • Knots and splices

      • Earth resistance testing

      • Connection of mains and their testing

      • Basic first-aid

      • Pole top rescue.

3 Safety instruction
  • Applicants must have received instruction in the following safe working practices, resuscitation, and testing:

    • (a) safe working practices:

      Complete instruction in safe working practices relevant to the work proposed to be undertaken by the applicant, as outlined in electrical codes of practice, and in any standards set by the Secretary:

    • (b) cardio-pulmonary resuscitation:

      Complete training in accordance with the Electrical Code of Safety Practice for CPR Training in the Electrical Industry issued by the Secretary on 6 May 1991:

    • (c) testing

      Complete instruction in testing for—

      • (i) personal safety before commencing work; and

      • (ii) completed work before connection; and

      • (iii) completed work for continuing safety; and

      • (iv) compliance with regulatory requirements, including polarity and phase rotation (if applicable).

Schedule 4
Qualifications for registration as electrical inspector

Reg 4(4)

1 Training and experience
  • (1) Applicants must have—

    • (a) completed a formal course of training either in New Zealand or overseas chat the Board accepts as incorporating, or as a satisfactory alternative to, the skills outlined in subclause (2); or

    • (b) had training that the Board accepts as equivalent, or as a satisfactory alternative, to paragraph (a); or

    • (c) completed, and had, a combination of the training referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b) that the Board accepts as meeting the requirements of those paragraphs,—

    and must have had experience, satisfactory to the Board, in the exercise of electrical skills and responsibilities, including carrying out prescribed electrical work, and the testing and certification of prescribed electrical work.

    (2) The skills referred to in subclause (1)(a) are as follows:—

    • Responsibilities of an inspector

    • Recording procedures

    • Legislation likely to affect the work of an inspector

    • Inspection processes

    • Certification and testing of electrical installations

    • Selection and suitability of protection fittings

    • Knowledge of standards and certification requirements for electrical installations, fittings, and electrical appliances

    • Electrical Workers Registration Board audit system

    • Disciplinary actions following audits/disputes

    • Supervision of apprentices/trainees and any other persons permitted to assist to do prescribed electrical work

    • Use of test instruments

    • Ethics—code of conduct

    • Accident reporting and investigation

    • Hazardous environments

    • Maximum demand

    • Cable selection

    • Power-factor correction

    • Metering and meter connections

    • High voltage electrical installations

    • Special situations.

2 Examinations
  • Applicants for registration must have passed theory examinations, and practical examinations or practical assessments, containing the following subject-matter (or, where registration is to be limited under section 86 of the Act, such parts of the following subject-matter as are relevant), and conducted by the Board or organisations approved by the Board:

    • (a) theory examination:

      • Legislation relating to safety, worker registration, audits, disputes, disciplinary procedures, and accident reporting

      • Limits of work and other responsibilities

      • Electrical safety of personnel

      • The purpose and use of test instruments

      • Testing of electrical installations

      • Electrical protection of real and personal property

      • Issuing of certificates of compliance and warrants of electrical fitness

      • Special conditions, hazardous environments:

    • (b) practical examination or practical assessment:

      • Use and care of test instruments

      • Testing techniques

      • Polarity verification

      • Continuity of conductors

      • Insulation tests

      • Earthing and bonding

      • Testing of earthing systems

      • Recording test results and completing records

      • Selection of residual current devices and isolating transformers

      • A range of prescribed electrical work requiring inspection under regulation 41

      • Basic first-aid.

3 Safety instruction
  • Applicants for registration must have received instruction in the following safe working practices, resuscitation, and testing:

    • (a) safe working practices:

      Complete instruction in safe working practices relevant to the work proposed to be undertaken by the applicant, as outlined in electrical codes of practice, and in any standards set by the Secretary:

    • (b) cardio-pulmonary resuscitation

      Complete training in accordance with the Electrical Code of Safety Practice for CPR Training in the Electrical Industry issued by the Secretary on 6 May 1991:

    • (c) testing:

      Complete instruction in testing for—

      • (i) personal safety before commencing work; and

      • (ii) completed work before connection; and

      • (iii) completed work for continuing safety; and

      • (iv) compliance with regulatory requirements, including polarity and phase rotation (if applicable).

Schedule 5
Conditions to be fulfilled by applicants for practising licences

Reg 13

1
  • An applicant for a practising licence who has not previously held such a licence must have attended courses of instruction in the following matters:

    • (a) safe working practices that are appropriate to work of the class or classes in respect of which the applicant is registered:

    • (b) testing to ensure safety before commencing work of the class or classes in respect of which the applicant is registered, and to ensure safety during and after the completion of such work:

    • (c) basic first-aid:

    • (d) cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.

    • (e) the technical content of problem areas currently identified by the Board.

    Schedule 5 clause 1(e): added, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 52(1) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

2
  • An applicant for a practising licence (being a registered electrical service technician, a registered electrician, or a registered electrical inspector) who has previously held a practising licence must have attended courses of instruction in the following matters within the period of 2 years immediately before the date of the application:

    • (a) safe working practices that are appropriate to work of the class or classes in respect of which the applicant is registered:

    • (b) testing to ensure safety before commencing work of the class or classes in respect of which the applicant is registered, and to ensure safety during and after the completion of such work:

    • (c) basic first-aid:

    • (d) cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.

    • (e) the technical content of problem areas currently identified by the Board.

    Schedule 5 clause 2(e): added, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 52(2) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

3
  • An applicant for a practising licence (being a registered line mechanic) who has previously held a practising licence must have attended courses of instruction as follows:

    • (a) within 14 months immediately before the date of the application, courses or refresher courses in the following:

      • (i) safe working practices appropriate to the work of a line mechanic:

      • (ii) testing to ensure safety before beginning, during, and after completion of that work:

      • (iii) basic first aid:

    • (b) within 7 months immediately before the date of the application, a course or refresher course in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation:

    • (c) the technical content of problem areas currently identified by the Board.

    Schedule 5 clause 3(a): substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 52(3) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Schedule 5 clause 3(b): substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 52(3) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

    Schedule 5 clause 3(c): substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 52(3) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

Schedule 6
Overseas qualifications

Reg 15

A
Electricians

Overseas QualificationsFurther Conditions
AUSTRALIA 
LE = Licensed by Examination 
AT = Apprentice Trained 
New South WalesNil
Contractor Licence Electrical (Q), and— 
(a) Evidence of apprenticeship completion; or 
(b) A Tradesman's Rights Certificate 
Qualified Supervisor Certificate (Q), and— 
(a) Evidence of apprenticeship completion; or 
(b) A Tradesman's Rights Certificate 
Northern TerritoryNil
A Grade Electrical Mechanics Licence endorsed AT or LE 
QueenslandNil
Certificate of Competency as an Electrical Mechanic endorsed AT or LE 
Certificate of Competency as an Electrical Fitter and Electrical Mechanic endorsed AT or LE 
South AustraliaNil
Electrical Worker's Registration. 
Electrical Worker/Electrical Contractor Licence. 
TasmaniaNil
A Grade Electrical Mechanics Licence endorsed AT or LE 
VictoriaNil
A Grade Electrical Mechanics Licence endorsed AT or LE or unrestricted Electrical Mechanic 
Western AustraliaNil
A Grade Electrical Worker's Licence endorsed Electrical Mechanic 
A Grade Electrical Worker's Licence endorsed Electrical Fitter and Electrical Mechanic 
Australian Capital TerritoryNil
Electrician's Licence Grade A endorsed AT. 
UNITED KINGDOM 
Ordinary or Higher National Certificate in Electrical Engineering.The following conditions apply to every United Kingdom qualification specified in the first column:
City and Guilds Intermediate Grade Electrical Engineering Practice AC and DC.Provide evidence of having acquired the skills listed in clause 1(2) of Schedule 1:
City and Guilds Final Grade Electrical Engineering Practice Parts 1 and 2.Pass a regulations examination in the subject-matter listed in clause 2(b) of Schedule 1:
City and Guilds Electrical Installation Work Courses B or C Certificate.Pass a practical assessment in the subject-matter listed in stage 3 of clause 2(c) of Schedule 1:
City and Guilds Intermediate Electrical Technicians CertificateProvide evidence of having completed safety instruction in the subject-matter listed in clause 3 of Schedule 1:
City and Guilds Colliery Electricians Craft Certificate. 
City and Guilds Full Technological Certificate. 
City and Guilds Electrician's Certificate. 
City and Guilds Electrical Technicians Part 1 Certificate. 
City and Guilds Electrical Technicians Part 2 Certificate in Electrical Power Equipment. 
City and Guilds Electrical Technicians Part 2 Certificate in Electrical Power Equipment. 
City and Guilds Certificate in Electrical Installation Work. 
City and Guilds Electrical and Electronic Craft Studies Part 2. 
City and Guilds Electrical Installation Course 2360 Part 2. 
City and Guilds Certificate in Electrical Installation Competencies. 
City and Guilds Installation Work Certificate B and C (scheme 236). 
City and Guilds Certificate Part 2, Certificate in Electrical Installation Work. 
Northern Counties TEC Electrical Technicians 2nd Year Certificate 
Welsh Joint Education Committee Electrical Engineering Technicians Part 1 Certificate. 
Welsh Joint Education Committee Electrical Technicians Certificate 2nd Year (Intermediate) 
Scottish Technical Educational Council Higher Certificate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. 
BTEC (or TEC) National Certificate in Electrical Engineering. 
BTEC (or TEC) Higher National Certificate in Electrical Engineering. 
BTEC (or TEC) Diploma in Electrical Engineering: 
Provided that the following subjects have been passed: 
Stage II—Electrical and Electronic Applications, or Electrical and Electronic Principles 
Stage III—Heavy Current Electrical Applications. 
BTEC National Certificate in Mining Engineering (Mining and Electrical). 
Scotvec (Scottish Vocational Education Council) Higher Certificate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. 
NETHERLANDS 
Netherlands Electrical Technician TS1 or Advanced Craftsmen EML Certificate.Provide evidence of having acquired the skills listed in clause 1(2) of Schedule 1.
 Pass a regulations examination in the subject-matter listed in clause 2(b) of Schedule 1.
 Pass a practical assessment in the subject-matter listed in stage 3 of clause 2(c) of Schedule 1.
 Provide evidence of having completed safety instruction in the subject-matter listed in clause 3 of Schedule 1.
FIJI 
Wireman's LicenceProvide evidence of having acquired the skills listed in clause 1(2) of Schedule 1.
 Pass a theory examination in the subject-matter listed in clause 2(a) of Schedule 1.
 Pass a regulations examination in the subject-matter listed in clause 2(b) of Schedule 1.
 Pass a practical assessment in the subject-matter listed in stage 3 of clause 2(c) of Schedule 1.
 Provide evidence of having completed safety instruction in the subject-matter listed in clause 3 of Schedule 1.
SOUTH AFRICA 
Installation Electrician LicencePass a regulations examination in the subject-matter listed in clause 2(b) of Schedule 1.

B
Line mechanics

Overseas QualificationsFurther Conditions
AUSTRALIA 
New South WalesThree months prescribed electrical work.
A certificate of service issued under the Overhead Line (Workers) Regulations 1964.Refresher courses in safe working practices and resuscitation.
QueenslandThree months prescribed electrical work.
Certificate of Competency as an Electrical LinesmanRefresher courses in safe working practices and resuscitation.
VictoriaThree months prescribed electrical work.
SECV certificateRefresher courses in safe working practices and resuscitation.

C
Electrical service technicians

Overseas Qualifications
AUSTRALIA
Victoria
Restricted Licence S all categories.

Schedule 7
Subject-matter for course of tuition for tradespersons

Reg 49(3)

The schedule of subject-matter for the course of tuition for tradespersons is—

  • (a) theory list:

    • Basic knowledge of electrical circuits and systems

    • Understanding of electrical terms, symbols, and values

    • Electrical safety of personnel

    • Responsibilities in carrying out prescribed electrical work

    • Circuit protection and safety fittings

    • Testing and inspection of fittings and electrical appliances

    • Selection, use, and care of electrical test instruments

    • Prescribed tests and checks

    • Flexible cords, flexible cables, and fittings intended for connection to those flexible cords or flexible cables

    • Protection of live parts

    • Isolation procedures

    • All insulated fittings

    • Double insulation

    • Earth situations

    • Resuscitation and basic first-aid

    • Special precautions in damp situations and with work to which regulation 41(1) applies:

  • (b) practical instruction and assessment skills list:

    • Electrical safety

    • Resuscitation and basic first-aid

    • Plugs and sockets

    • Fuses

    • Flexible cords

    • Soldering

    • Crimp connections to conductors of flexible cords

    • Switching of lamps

    • The disconnection and reconnection of fixed wired appliances

    • Supply voltage and current testing of electrical appliances

    • Testing of electrical appliances

    • Identification of conductors within buildings and structures, and fittings connected to those conductors

    • Replacement of fittings on a like for like basis.

Schedule 8
Declared articles

Reg. 101(2)

[Revoked]

  • Schedule 8: revoked, on 18 November 1999, by regulation 16 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 1999 (SR 1999/369).

Schedule 9
Prescribed fees

Reg 109(1)

Fees Payable under Parts 2 and 3
Matter in Respect Of Which Fees PayableFee ($) (GST incl)Provision of the Act or these Regulations Under Which Fee Payable
Application for registration69section 82(2)(b)
Application for registration certificate34section 88
Application for provisional licence34regulation 4(5)
Application for written examination (electrical service technician and tradesperson)60regulation 7(1)
Application for written examination (electrician, line mechanic, electrical inspector)85regulation 7(1)
Application for practical assessment25regulation 7(1)
Application for practical examination220regulation 7(1)
Application for late examination68regulation 7(2)
Application for special written examination149regulation 7(2)
Application for re-marking of examination paper25regulation 7(3)
Application for return of examination scripts25regulation 7(4)
Application for certified copy of entry in register25regulation 11(2)
Application for practising licence117section 96(2)(b) and regulation 12(3)
Application for replacement certificate or licence30regulation 14
Application for employer licence400section 101(1) and regulation 16(3)
Application for restoration of name to register34section 94(1)
Application for forms for certificates of compliance for—  
(a) Domestic and commercial or industrial work6regulation 43(1)
(b) Ongoing commercial or industrial work50regulation 43(1)
Application for tradeperson's certificate34regulation 49(2)
  • Schedule 9 Fees Payable under Parts 2 and 3: substituted, on 18 November 1999, by regulation 17 of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 1999 (SR 1999/369).

  • Schedule 9 Fees Payable under Parts 2 and 3 Application for a practising licence: amended, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 53(1) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

  • Schedule 9 Fees Payable under Parts 2 and 3 Application for an employer licence: amended, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 53(2) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

  • Schedule 9 Fees Payable under Parts 2 and 3 Application for a tradesperson's certificate: inserted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 53(3) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

Fees Payable under Part 5
Matter in respect of which fee payableFee ($) (GST incl)Provision of the Act or these regulations under which fee payable
Forms for warrants of electrical fitness for connectable installations1regulation 97(7)
Arbitrators80 per hour, plus all expenses of the arbitrator that are paid by the Secretaryregulation 99(5)
  • Schedule 9 Fees Payable under Part 5: substituted, on 1 January 2003, by regulation 53(4) of the Electricity Amendment Regulations 2002 (SR 2002/413).

Fees Payable under Part 6
Matter in respect of which fee payableFee ($) (GST incl)Provision of the Act or these regulations under which fee payable
Application for declared article approval400regulation 101(3)
Application for exemption from requirements of any of regulations 28 to 36 or regulation 46, or any of the regulations in Part 4 or Part 5400regulation 103(2)

Marie Shroff,
Clerk of the Executive Council.


Issued under the authority of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989.

Date of notification in Gazette: 10 April 1997.


Contents

  • 1General

  • 2About this eprint

  • 3List of amendments incorporated in this eprint (most recent first)


Notes
1 General
  • This is an eprint of the Electricity Regulations 1997. The eprint incorporates all the amendments to the regulations as at 1 April 2010. The list of amendments at the end of these notes specifies all the amendments incorporated into this eprint since 3 September 2007.

    Relevant provisions of any amending enactments that contain transitional, savings, or application provisions that cannot be compiled in the eprint are also included, after the principal enactment, in chronological order.

2 About this eprint
3 List of amendments incorporated in this eprint (most recent first)