Do you need planning permission for electric vehicle charging points?

With ambitious government targets for the UK to reach net carbon zero by 2030, more and more people are looking into purchasing electric vehicles (EV). There’s no denying that they’re an attractive alternative to traditional fuel with reduced running costs and low emissions, but with an increase in EVs, there’s also an increased need for EV charging points, with more people looking to have them fitted at home.

Man holds up young toddler in a knitted hat as she holds the electric charger into the family car

Planning permission for residential electric vehicle charging points

Planning regulation states that planning permission isn’t needed for wall-mounted electrical outlets or an upstand with a mounted electrical outlet for the recharging of EVs, provided the area is lawfully used for off-street parking. 

Although the UK government welcomes the use of electric vehicles, even providing funding towards the cost of installation at a residential property, there is ever-so-slightly more to it:

Upstanding electric vehicle charging point

Upstanding electric vehicle charging points

The upstand and outlet must not: 

  • Exceed 2.3 metres in height from the level of the parking surface. The lower height limit of 1.6 metres applies where in the curtilage of a dwellinghouse or block of flats
  • Be within two metres of a highway
  • Be within the curtilage of a listed building
  • Result in more than one upstand being provided for each parking space
  • Be within two metres of a highway
Wall-mounted electric vehicle charging point

Wall-mounted electric vehicle charging points

The electric outlet and its casing must not:

  • Be more than 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

For more information, you can take a look at the planning portal website.

Looking for someone to install an EV charging point? Here’s some more information about our electric vehicle charging point installation.

Posted on September 8th 2022

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