Electricity and Electrical Items

  1. Standards information

    1. All electrical goods and equipment you use or sell at the market must be safe, fit for purpose and satisfy all relevant legislation. This may include having a qualified electrician to undertake electrical safety tests.  
    2. When selling second-hand electrical goods, you must meet legal safety requirements. Check all goods before offering them for sale. If the goods you are selling comply with an acceptable standard - for example, a British / European Standard - they will normally meet the safety requirements. Before selling second-hand goods, you must register with the Council as a dealer in second-hand goods, and provide evidence of this to us: 
      1. when completing our application process, and 
      2. when any permission expires, and 
      3. whenever we request. 
    3. Do not use or tamper with any of the landlord's power facilities and equipment, including electricity meters. 
    4. Do not make any electrical installations, including electric charging points to your allocated space without our permission. To apply for permission submit an online permission for works form. Only competent certified electricians, e.g., NICEIC registered, must undertake any electrical work. This includes electrical installations, inspections, maintenance, repairs, and alterations. You must provide us with evidence of this on completion of work and when requested. Where permitted, electric charging points must be mounted off the floor and have one metre square clearance around the unit. 
    5. Undertake regular visible checks to all your portable electrical goods and equipment. Portable means items that can be transported, and which are designed to be plugged into an electrical supply. Portable appliance inspection and testing should be undertaken in accordance with legislation. Good practice suggests this should be on an annual basis. PATs (Portable Appliance Tests) should only be carried out by an appropriately trained person. You must provide evidence of PAT certificates to us when requested to do so.  
    6. We determine the power loads available for use at the market. Only use the specified power facilities and outlets and do not exceed the maximum power load. 
    7. Do not use multi-way socket adaptors on our markets. You must have our permission before using multi-way lead and extension leads and reels. Where permitted, extension leads should be no longer than five metres and not be linked in series. Extension reels can overheat and cause fire when only partially unwound. The total amps of all items plugged into the extension lead must not add up to more than 13 amps. 
    8. The use of the following items at the market is restricted, and only allowed where we have given express written permission. To apply for permission email the market management team
      1. halogen lighting 
      2. kettles 
      3. heaters 
      4. microwaves 
      5. equipment for broadcasting or playing films, television programmes, music, or anything similar 
      6. CCTV
    9. We will re-charge you for the electricity you use at your trading or storage space. Charges are calculated using the same rate charged by our utility supplier to which we apply an administration fee. Your usage may be calculated: 
      1. through a sub-meter fitted at your trading or storage space for which we take regular meter readings, and recharge via invoice, or 
      2. via a weekly or daily rate at our outdoor markets, and maybe recharged as part of the weekly / daily occupancy charges. 

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