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

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).


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.


Part 1
Preliminary provisions

1 Title and commencement

2 Interpretation

3 Application

Part 2
Registration and licences


4 Requirements for registration and provisional licences


5 Holding of examinations

6 Eligibility to sit examinations

7 Applications for examination and re-marking


8 Receipt of notices


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


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


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


79 Particular requirements for electric motors [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


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


107 Offences

Transitional provisions

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


109 Fees


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


Schedule 9
Prescribed fees

Gazette information

Reprint notes