Consuel is the acronym for Comité National pour la Sécurité des Usagers de l’Électricité. They are responsible for the control of an electrical installation whether that installation is carried out by the home owner or by a qualified electrician. It is also the name of the certificate of conformity. The certificate of conformity is compulsory when looking to connect with an energy supplier. It guarantees the safety of the installation and for those living in the dwelling. The most commonly used form is the yellow one for domestic electrical installations.
What properties does it apply to?
A certificate of conformity is required where there is no supply at the property. *
For example you have purchased a barn and you are converting it to a domestic dwelling.
The property is a new build domestic dwelling
A certificate of conformity is not required if you have purchased an older property and there is an existing supply coming in. Although it is prudent to make sure the electrics are safe and compliant and the incoming supply is sufficient for your needs.
* If you are renovating a property where there is no supply, you can request a temporary meter. This will be available to you right up to the point of connecting your supply to the energy supplier. And is dependant on a certificate of conformity. You cannot request connection without it.
What does it mean to the homeowner?
If you choose to do your own electrical installation you, as the homeowner, apply for the certificate of conformity. It is not unusual for homeowners to do their own installation. However, it must conform to NFC15-100 standard. And when you are ready to apply for your certificate of conformity it will be via consuel.com and your application will be made as a particulier. An inspector from the Consuel will visit your premises and if compliant you will be issued with certificate of conformity. If it is not compliant you will need to correct the work and request a new visit.
If a qualified electrician does the installation the work is installed to NFC15-100 standard and when ready to apply for certificate of conformity he visits consuel.com and applies via the professionnel space. As the qualified electrician is required to be aware of the normes and will no doubt have a number of applications submitted it is likely that an inspection is not required and the certificate of conformity issued.
Please note that a qualified electrician will not submit a request through his professionel space for an indiviudal. If an individual has carried out the electrical installation themselves, the request for certificate of conformity must be made by the individual. The professional tradesman’s insurance is to insure his work only, not the work of others.
What is the process
- Once your installation is ready an application is requested for the yellow form via the Consuel site [consuel.com]. You can do this either digitally online or via the paper method. You will be asked to create an account and supply information.
- Once the yellow form is submitted allow for about 20 days before an inspector will visit your dwelling to assess the install.
- If the installation has no anomalies the Inspector will affix his visa to the certificate. You will receive this either by post or it is downloadable via the site and your personal space, depending on what you have opted for. You will need this certificate to present to your energy supplier for connection.
- If any anomalies have been identified you will need to put these right and request a new visit. A certificate of conformity will not be granted until the Inspector is satisfied that the installation complies.
If in doubt always speak to a qualified electrician