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Do new builds have to have electric car charging points?

Do new builds have to have electric car charging points?

From June 2022, all new build homes and buildings in England became legally required to have electric car charging points, whether residential or commercial, as part of the Part S building regulations. So, yes, in 2024, all new builds have to have electric car charging points installed on the property – but only if they have an associated parking space.

Certain exemptions and conditions do apply, so keep reading to learn about the ins and outs of the Part S building regs, the advantages of EV chargers at new build properties, and why the new regulations have come into effect.


EV charging regulations new build homes – what you need to know:

What are the Part S Building Regulations in relation to EV charging?

The Part S Building Regulations state that all new build properties with associated parking need an EV charger, whether residential or non-residential, as well as properties undergoing major renovation. Under the new EV charging requirements, it’s important to note that the requirements are different for differing property types.

Who exactly is impacted by the new build regulations?

  • New build residential homes
  • Supermarkets
  • Buildings undergoing large-scale renovations with over ten parking spaces
  • Commercial/workplace properties

What are the details of the electric vehicle charging point building regulations?

Residential homes:

  • Any new residential homes in England that have associated parking must have an EV charger installed on the property.
  • Any residential building undergoing major renovations that have more than ten parking spaces has to have an EV charger installed by the end of the renovations. One charger per dwelling is required, and cable routes need to be in place for the remaining parking spaces.

Commercial/non-residential buildings:

  • If the new building has more than ten parking spaces, the property must have at least one EV charger. Cable routes need to be in place for 20% of the total number of parking spaces (one in five).
  • Any building undergoing significant renovations that have more than ten parking spaces is under the same installation requirements as the above.

Are there any exemptions to these Part S Building Regulations?

  • Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland do not fall under this regulation, meaning they are exempt from having to install electric vehicle chargers at new builds. However, it’s likely that they will do so in the future.
  • Another exemption is if the installation costs more than 7% of the total costs of the major renovation or if the cost for each charge point is greater than £3,600 for a new build, then the residential building is exempt from having to install an electric vehicle charger.
  • Covered car parking only has to provide cable routing rather than a new build house electric car charger.

Are the new build regulations Part S the same as the Smart Charge Point regulations?

While both are electric car charging laws no, the Electric Vehicle Smart Charge Points Regulations 2021 are not the same as the Part S Building regs. The smart electric vehicle charging regulations are related directly to the charge points themselves, ensuring that all EV chargers in the UK have smart functionality. In comparison, the Part S building regs are regarding new build houses requiring electric car charging points.

Why have the Part S building regs come into effect?

The reasoning behind the building regulations for EV charging is to support the UK’s aim of becoming net zero by 2050 – which has been introduced to cut carbon emissions and, in turn, improve air quality and reduce air pollution.

Of course, certain measures are already a go, such as a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in 2035, which is fast approaching, but the government is seeking alternative ways to ensure the net zero is met – including the Part S new build regulations.

By pre-installing these electric car chargers, it should increase the uptake in EV adoption, leading to a greener way of transport. It’s said that the EV charging regulations new build homes should add 145,000 EV chargers per year across England.

What are the benefits of having EV charging points at new build properties?

The inclusion of EV charging infrastructure at new build properties creates benefits for both property developers and future and pre-existing residents:

Property desirability:

As the popularity of electric vehicles continues to grow, those on the property ladder will be increasingly seeking properties with EV charging capabilities, likely opting for those with pre-installed chargers.

By providing electric car chargers for new buildings, developers enhance the appeal and desirability of their properties, attracting potential buyers who prioritise sustainable transportation and want to start taking advantage of cheaper charging at home or the workplace from the get-go.

What’s more, you are adding value to your property – especially if you are renovating. A recent study from Riverdale Leasing found that homes with electric car chargers installed sold for 13% more than the local average.

Futureproofing new buildings:

Installing EV charging points during the construction phase ensures that buildings are prepared for the transition to electric mobility. Future residents will have the convenience of accessing charging facilities without the need for costly retrofitting.

Sustainability initiatives:

By encouraging the adoption of electric vehicles by providing charging facilities, new builds will contribute to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, creating greener communities.

Cost savings:

Installing new build electric car chargers during the construction phase can be more cost-effective than retrofitting later.

Certain developers may be eligible for the EV infrastructure grant too, which can provide up to £15,000 of grant funding towards certain costs, including wiring and posts.


  • As of June 2022, new buildings in Great Britain are required to have electric car charging points according to the Part S Building Regs – both for residential and commercial properties. The legal requirement also extends to major renovations of buildings with ten parking spaces.
  • The prime minister stated that the rationale behind the building regs part S is to support the UK’s goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

Do you need an experienced EV charger installer for your new build property EV charger installation?

Contact us today at 03333 44 96 99, browse our range of smart chargers, or contact us via the form below. We are one of the UK’s leading electric vehicle charging specialists and offer electric car charger new build solutions.

Since 2020, we’ve successfully and safely installed thousands of EV charging points across the UK, earning a rating of 4.8 on Trustpilot. As an accredited, experienced electric vehicle charger, full-service supply and installation company, we can assist with every step of organising an EV charging solution.


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We position overhead cables at a minimum height of 3.5m and are run along a catenary wire. The cable run should not be accessible to vehicles.

Standard Installation
Our instant price is fixed if it falls within our standard installation package plus any additions that you have selected (extra cabling for example). This package covers the majority of homes in the UK. Before we undertake your installation we will carry out a digital survey to check that nothing has been missed. After reviewing the survey results some additional work may be required in order to complete your installation safely and to the required standards. If this is the case, we will contact you well before the installation date and advise the cost of any required work. You can then continue with your installation, or alternatively we will refund you in full if you do not want to proceed.

Included in our standard installation is :
• Fitting of a single phase charge point to a brick or plaster wall or other suitable permanent structure
• Up to 10 metres of cable, run and neatly clipped to the wall between the electricity supply meter / distribution board and the charge point.
• Routing of the cable through a drilled hole in a wall up to 500mm (20 inches) thick if this is needed.
• The fitting and testing of electrical connections and protections required for the charge point.
• An additional three way consumer unit, if required
• Installation of a Type A RCBO in an RCBO enclosure
• Up to 3 metres of plastic trunking to conceal interior wiring.
• An O-pen earth protection device if the charge point requires it. (This is NOT an earth rod)
• Up to 4 hours of labour from your installer to complete the work.
• Electrical testing of the whole installation.
• Handover and setup of the charge point and any app that may be needed.

Not included in our standard installation (additional work) :
• Where the installation requires additional cabling over and above the amount you have told us about.
• Upgrade/replacement of the main incoming supply fuse where the local DNO (eg Northern Powergrid) would need to attend site.
• If the charge point is to be mounted on a post/pedestal rather than an existing wall and where you have not selected a post as an extra cost option in your order.
• Installation of a charge point to a three phase supply.
• Where gas and water mains bonding (earthing) is not in place at your property. If this is not in place, additional work would be required before installation of the charge point.
• Any groundwork that has not been selected during the order process.

A Surge Protection Device is not included in our standard installation. 

What else you need to know :
• On the day of installation, please ensure that the area around your consumer unit (fuse box), incoming electricity supply meter and proposed charge point location (including where the cable is expected to be run) is clear and free of obstructions.
• We will need your WiFi password as part of the installation process in order to connect your charge point to the internet. Please have this available for the installer. Details will not be kept.
• The charge point must be on your own designated off road parking.
• The charger will be fixed in line with current guidelines at a height where it cannot be hit by a vehicle.
• Our installers are not able to enter loft spaces; lift floorboards or flooring; take apart any furniture of work above a height of 2m. If you anticipate that any of this may be required, then please contact us and we can discuss in more detail and provide you with a quotation.
• Should there be extreme weather conditions our installers may not be able to continue with you installation if it is not safe to do so (for example flooding). They will always do their best to complete the work where they can.

If you have any questions then please contact our customer service team who will be happy to help. Please also read our terms and conditions.