Building regulations for EV charging set to change

10th October 2019

Written by Lucy Harper

Changes to building regulations could make electric vehicle charge points (EVCPs) a must for all new buildings.

Plans are in the pipeline for changes to building regulations, which could make electric vehicle charge points (EVCPs) a must for all new buildings in the UK. According to the government, the changes are a world first and we wanted to make sure that all our customers and contacts at Car Charged UK are aware of how the proposed new legislation may apply – particularly to destination places, workplaces and public buildings.

Last Monday 7 October 2019 the consultation period ended. If successful, the changes will set minimum requirements for electric vehicle charging infrastructure to all new residential and non-residential properties and also to existing buildings undertaking major refurbishment by 2025.

The plans represent significant forward thinking in terms of carbon emissions and the UK’s obligations under the Climate Change Act 2008. What’s more, it will help EV drivers have more certainty that there will be somewhere to charge their car when they reach their destination.

 Destination places, workplaces and public buildings

The changes will apply to new supermarkets, workplaces and shopping centres as well as a wide range of property owners from retail parks to public buildings such as schools, churches and community centres.

Residential Buildings: The government proposes every new residential building with an associated car parking space to have a chargepoint.

It also requires every residential building undergoing major renovation with more than 10 car parking spaces to have one chargepoint and cable routes for electric vehicle chargepoints in every car parking space.

New Non-Residential Buildings: Every new non-residential building and every non-residential building undergoing a major renovation with more than ten car parking spaces is to have one charge point and cable routes for an electric vehicle charge point for one in five spaces.

Existing Non-Residential Buildings: There will be a requirement for at least one charge point in existing non-residential buildings with more than 20 car parking spaces, applicable from 2025 – this would be done under separate legislation.

 Environmental considerations: The UK has a legal obligation to reduce its emissions to net zero by 2050 now that the Government has passed the Climate Change Act 2008 (2050 Target Amendment) Order 2019. Electric vehicles (EVs) are key to making this happen. As the uptake in EVs continues to gather pace, there is increasing pressure to ensure the necessary infrastructure is in place to meet this growing demand.


  • Around 300 new EV charging devices are installed every
    month across the UK.
  • 60% of new car and van sales will be electric by 2030.
  • The UK Government will require a minimum of 1.7 million
    electric vehicles to be in service by 2023.
  • There is a national commitment to reducing conventional fuel
    demand by 80% and car emissions by 75% by 2030.
  • You can get up to 140 miles per gallon instead of 40 with a hybrid car.
  • Electric cars are exempt from congestion charges in major cities.
  • By 2035 there will be more electric cars worldwide than fuel-powered cars.

*Sources: Systra and Zap Map


At Car Charged UK, we are electric vehicle charging experts for commercial and workplace installations. Contact us for advice and guidance on the right specification for your electric vehicle installation. Phone 01623 707014 or email, we will be happy to help.