Home EV charger installation requirements in the UK

Home EV charger installation requirements

Installing a home EV charger in the UK isn’t as straightforward as plugging in a new appliance. It involves navigating important requirements and permissions to ensure the setup is safe, efficient, and compliant with regulations. This blog post aims to clarify the process by detailing what is required to install an electric car charger.

Property ownership or landlord permission

To install an EV charge point at home, you must either own your property or gain permission from your landlord if you are renting. Landlord permission must be obtained before the installation commences.

Off-street parking or adequate on-street parking

Getting an electric car charger installed at home is easy if you have off-street parking, as you don’t require council permissions.

On the other hand, while getting an EV home charger without off-street parking is possible, the process is much more difficult. First, local planning and highway authorities must deem your on-street parking adequate. You must also install a cross-pavement charging solution before installation and ensure you have permission from your local planning and highway authorities to do so.

A cross-pavement charging solution can raise the cost of installing a home EV charger. But, the Electric Vehicle Chargepoint Grant for Households with On-Street Parking is now available. With the grant, you can get 75% off the cost to buy and install a home charger, up to a maximum of £350. If you cannot get approval from your council, you may have to rely on public charging points.

Wi-Fi or 4G connection

You must have an adequate Wi-Fi or mobile connection at the location where the charger is installed. A Wi-Fi or mobile connection ensures that your charger can access smart features and complies with The Electric Vehicles (Smart Charge Points) Regulations 2021.

Smart features keep a chargepoint safe from cyber-attacks. They also let electric vehicles charge when demand on the grid is low. Or when clean electricity is available.


Learn more about why EV chargers require a Wi-Fi or 4G connection.

Approved EV Charger Installation Contractors

When getting an EV charger installed at home, you should ensure you use a trusted and fully qualified electrician. Choosing an OZEV-approved installer is a safe choice. This ensures they follow all the required safety regulations, and they will also be able to claim the grant on your behalf if you are eligible for one. You should also make sure your installer is registered with a competent person’s scheme like NAPIT.

One thing is for certain – do not attempt to install an EV charger yourself.

Suitable electricity supply

A typical home EV charger is rated at 7kW, and you must have a power supply that is large enough for the EV to operate at its rated capacity.

As part of the installation process, your local Distribution Network Operator (DNO) must grant you approval to install a charger. As part of the approval process, the DNO will assess whether your power supply is sufficient for an EV charger. If it is insufficient, they may need to come to your property and upgrade your supply before the installation.

The DNO will also check whether your electricity supply is looped before they approve. A looped supply is when your electricity supply comes in via your neighbour’s home. Although this is safe, a looped supply may struggle to handle the demands of fast electric charging. As such, the DNO may need to unloop the supply before the installation can commence.

Upgrading or unlooping your supply may, unfortunately, add delays to your charger installation, as this usually has to be done before the installation can commence.

If you want an 11kW or 22kW charger installed at your home, you must upgrade your electricity supply from single phase to three-phase. Your DNO would undertake this upgrade, which can cost thousands and take many months.

Choosing a suitable location for your home charge point

Carefully consider where you want your home charger installed. This will ensure that it is as cheap as possible and that you have no accessibility issues after installation.

First, your charger should be installed as close to your electric meter as possible. The charger needs to be connected to your main electrical fuse, which is located in your meter box. Ensuring your charger is installed near your electric meter ensures the cable run is short, making the installation more cost-effective and efficient.

Although we include up to 15m of cabling in our standard installation, keeping the cable run as short as possible is best. This can also make the installation look more aesthetically pleasing, as you won’t have lots of visible cabling clipped to your property.

You should also ensure you position your charger in an area with good WIFI or mobile connectivity.

You should also consider where you park your vehicle and ensure the charger is as close to that location as possible. This makes it easy to plug in without needing a long charging cable, which could lead to a tripping hazard.

You should also decide whether to mount your charger on a wall or a post. Installation of a post will come at an extra cost but may be required if there is no suitable wall near where you park your vehicle. You shouldn’t mount your charger on a fence or temporary structure, as this can be dangerous.

There are also some legal requirements regarding the positioning of your home charger:

  • The charger cannot face the highway or be within two metres of it.
  • The charger must be securely fixed at a height between 0.75 and 1.2 metres from the ground to ensure it can’t be hit by a vehicle.
  • Charge points cannot be installed within 2.5 metres of a SIM touch. A “SIM touch” refers to a metal object connected to a power supply, such as an outdoor light in a metal case.

An EV charging station that complies with new regulations

You must ensure the home charger you are getting installed complies with The Electric Vehicles (Smart Charge Points) Regulations 2021. The electric car charging port must also have an RCD built into the unit and meet the applicable minimum IP ratings set out in BS EN 61851-1:2019 and BS 7671:2018.

The exterior casing of the charger cannot be larger than 0.2 cubic metres.

Our market-leading chargers comply with all regulations, giving you complete peace of mind.

Building regulations & electrical safety standards

Several safety standards are set out by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV), which your installer must comply with.

Here are the requirements for installing EV charging points at home:

  • BS EN 61851
  • The current edition of the IET Wiring Regulations – currently BS 7671
  • The recommendations of the IET Code of Practice for Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Installations (as amended)
  • The Electricity Safety, Quality and Continuity Regulations 2002
  • The installation should consider the requirements of BS 8300 and the requirements of disabled people.

Summary of installation requirements

Installing a home EV charging point requires careful thought. You must consider several key requirements and ensure the setup is safe, efficient, and follows regulations. Here’s a succinct overview of the crucial electric car charger installation requirements:


  • Property Ownership or Landlord Permission: You must own the property or have permission from your landlord before proceeding with the installation.
  • Parking: The installation process is straightforward for homeowners with off-street parking. Those without must navigate additional steps, including local authority permissions and installing a cross-pavement charging solution.
  • Connectivity: A stable Wi-Fi or 4G connection at the installation site is essential to enable smart charging features.
  • Approved Contractors: Use a qualified installer, preferably one approved by OZEV, to ensure safety standards are met and to access available grants.
  • Electricity Supply: Your home’s power supply must support the charger’s capacity, which may require a potential upgrade by your Distribution Network Operator (DNO). A three-phase electricity supply may be necessary for higher-capacity chargers.
  • Installation Location: The charger should be installed near your electric meter for cost-effectiveness and accessibility.


Following these guidelines will help make the installation process smooth, safe, and efficient.

Choosing an OZEV-approved installer such as We Power Your Car is essential to ensure you have peace of mind that your installation meets all requirements and is as safe as possible.

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