Government Announces Requirements for EV Charging Points in New Developments

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On Monday 22nd November the Government published its update to the Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Port requirements for new build residential and non-residential development. The changes are born out of the Government’s aim to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. In order to achieve this, the Government are aiming to phase out the sale of new petrol and new diesel cars and vans by 2030. There are also measures put in place to incentivise the purchasing of electric vehicles and EV charging ports.

The published document states that new-build residential development and new-build non residential development will need to supply 1 EV charging port per new dwelling created or, 1 EV charging port for non-residential buildings with 10 or more parking spaces. The updated standards will also require non-residential developments to provide cable routes for 20% of the car parking spaces provided.

The new requirements will also apply to residential and non-residential developments undergoing major renovations. Residential developments which will have more than 10 parking spaces within the site boundary following the completion of renovations will be required to have 1 EV charging port for each dwelling with associated parking and cable routes for spaces without EV charging points. Similarly, all non-residential buildings undergoing major renovations which will have more than 10 parking spaces within the site boundary will require 1 EV charging point and cables to serve 20% of other car parking spaces.

There are some exceptions to the allocation of the EV charging points within some developments. These include instances where grid connection costs by more than £3,600 per charging point, the building in question is listed, included in a schedule of monuments or within a conservation area and for major renovations, the installation of electric vehicle infrastructure exceeds 7% of the total costs of renovations.

These changes are expected to be officially announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the coming days.