Electrics

Electric vehicle charging points

Electric vehicles (EV) are proving to be an attractive option for UK drivers due to the reduced running costs and low emission benefits over traditional fuel.

The UK government encourages the use of EVs by providing funding towards the cost of installing an electric charging point at a residential property, known as the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS).

Find out more about the EVHS

Installing an electrical charging outlet

Schedule 2, Part 2, Class D of The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (as amended) states that planning permission is not required for the installation of a wall mounted electrical outlet for recharging of electric vehicles as long as the area is lawfully used for off–street parking.

For installation to be classed as permitted development, the electrical outlet (and its casing) must not:

  • Exceed 0.2 cubic metres
  • Face onto and be within two metres of a highway
  • Be within a site designated as a scheduled monument
  • Be within the curtilage of a listed building.

Installing an upstand with a mounted electrical charging outlet

Schedule 2, Part 2, Class E of The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (as amended) states that planning permission is not required for the installation of an upstand with an electrical outlet mounted on it for recharging electric vehicles, as long as the area is lawfully used for off–street parking.

For installation to be classed as permitted development, the electrical upstand and the outlet  must not:

  • Exceed 1.6 metres in height from the level of the surface used for the parking of vehicles
  • Be within two metres of a highway
  • Be within a site designated as a scheduled monument
  • Be within the curtilage of a listed building
  • Result in more than one upstand being provided for each parking space.

For Class D and E, when the electrical outlet is no longer required as a charging point for electric vehicles, the wall (on which the outlet was mounted) or the land (on which the upstand was placed) must be returned to its previous condition (prior to the installation being carried out) as soon as possible.

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