Do new houses have to have EV chargers? Changes in the law

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Do new houses have to have EV chargers?

New regulations are now in place that require all new homes and buildings in England to have electric vehicle charging points installed.

When did the new EV regulations come into place?

The regulations came into place on 15 June 2022. This means that all properties built from this data have to have electric vehicle charging points installed.

Do these new regulations affect the whole of the UK?

Currently these changes in the law only affect properties in England. 

However, it’s possible the regulations could be extended to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the future.

Why have these regulations been introduced?

There have been concerns that while there is an increase in the number of electric vehicles on the road, there isn’t the infrastructure in place to keep these vehicles charged.

The UK Government has been looking into how to ensure more charging points are available, and one of the ways was to ensure new properties had EV charging points as standard. It’s predicted that the new regulations will lead to an extra 145,000 charging points being installed each year.

It’s also hoped that the changes in the law will encourage more people to make a move to electric vehicles.

What buildings will the changes in the law affect?

The regulations will affect both residential and commercial buildings.

As well as new-builds, major property renovations and buildings undergoing a change of use will also be affected.

All new homes will need at least one electric vehicle charger. Major property renovations that have (or will have) over ten parking places must have at least one charger for each dwelling. Cable routes must also be installed for all parking spaces without charging points. This means there is the option to add additional charging points easily in the future.

All new commercial properties and properties undergoing renovations with over ten parking spaces must have at least one chargepoint. There must also be cable routes in place for 20% of the total number of spaces.

Who will be responsible for ensuring the EV charger is installed?

The people involved in building a new property will be responsible. Architects, developers and contractors will need to work together to ensure that the correct number of chargers and cable routes are in place.

Hawkesworth – leading the charge towards EV charging efficiency

If you’re looking for a company to help install your EV chargepoints, Hawkesworth is here to help.

Our network of skilled engineers is available all across the country. No matter where you are, we can help you install a high-quality chargepoint.

Whether you’re building residential homes, an office complex or a supermarket, we’ll make the process as efficient as possible.

Contact us today to find out more about how we can work together.


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