Electric vehicle charging
Building regulations approval is always required when installing an EV home charger, the work itself is deemed ‘notifiable work’ as it involves creating a new circuit. Notifiable work must be reported to the local building control body (BCB) unless completed by someone registered on the competent person scheme who can provide a compliance certificate. The BCB can be notified through submission of a building notice or full plans application.
It is up to the householder to ensure the correct approvals are gained and the relevant BCB is notified. The installer may be the one who notifies the BCB, but that should not be assumed – make sure you are clear on your role to ensure all requirements are met.
Once installed you should get a compliance certificate for the EV charger, proving the work complies with building regulations.
If you are unsure what certificates have been awarded and whether notification has taken place you can contact the BCB or a registered competent person, depending on who completed the work.
The price of a building control application to notify the BCB can vary depending on whether you use a local BCB or competent person. It is usually included within the price of installation.
Notifiable work can begin two days after the notice has been submitted to the BCB.
Tips for success
It is recommended to use a reputable company and ensure the installer has the relevant qualifications.
If building regulations approval is not given, then the work should be changed so it meets standards.
Approved document S: Infrastructure for charging electric vehicles1 gives more detail about the related building regulations. Including requiring all new-build homes to have EV charge points installed.