With the UK Government focusing quite heavily on their plans for a zero-emission future, we take a closer look at the electric vehicle charging regulations uk that you need to know about.
There has been a steady stream of Government initiatives over the past few years that have made their plans for the direction of travel quite clear. The focus has clearly been placed on electric vehicles, and the provision of the infrastructure to support them (primarily electric vehicle charging point installation) which is critical to their plans to reduce the amount of carbon emissions in the country.
The need for more progress to be made in the field of electric vehicle charging is shown most clearly in a recent report from The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders which revealed the sales of electric vehicles has recently skyrocketed. Yet, the country as a whole still seems to be in a period of transition. The Government has announced that the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles will end in 2040, and there is currently a lot of work being done around the mandatory provision of electric vehicle charging points in a new home and commercial building developments in the future.
The Government also recently pledge money for local councils to draw on if they wanted to install street charging points for electric vehicles, where there was a car parking space available for them to do so. However, this is not enough. More still needs to be done to deliver a coherent electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the UK at scale, to give drivers the confidence that they will be able to find a charging point wherever they travel.
In the meantime, however, if you as an individual want to install an electric vehicle charging point, the planning rules are much clearer.
You do not need to get planning permission to install an electric vehicle charging unit on a wall if it is in an area which you are legally using for off-street parking – provided certain conditions are met – and these are:
The electrical outlet must not exceed 0.2 cubic metres in size
The electrical outlet must not face onto or be within two metres of a highway
You cannot install an electrical outlet on a listed building or on a site designated as a scheduled monument
There are also several considerations you need to take into account for leasehold properties, for example:
Landlord consent may be required for installation to take place
Additional rights for access and maintenance may be required, as well as an obligation to repair
There needs to be a clear allocation of responsibilities
Whilst most of the planning regulations relating to the installation of electric vehicle charging points for personal use are clear, you may want to think about looking for electric vehicle charging stations near me instead, as then all the hard work has been done for you.