Infrastructure for the charging of electric vehicles – Part S

date Released On 16th Feb 2022

Infrastructure for the charging of electric vehicles – Part S

Whilst Building Regulations are regularly updated the last year has seen some major changes and additions. The various ‘Parts’ of the Building Regulations are accompanied by Approved Documents which have been prepared by government to provide guidance to developers and built environment professional as to how to comply with the regulation. Recently there have been change to the guidance for Part B – Fire Safety, Part F – Ventilation, Part L – Conservation of fuel and power  and new additions Part O – Overheating and Part S – Electric vehicle charging points.

The introduction of Part S seems to have gone under the radar, which is somewhat surprising as this new regulation requires all new residential development from the 15th June 2022 to provide for electric vehicle charging infrastructure if car parking associated with the new dwellings is provided. In most cases it would seem from the Approved Document that:

  1. All new residential buildings with associated parking spaces must have either a minimum of 1 electric vehicle charger per space or 1 electric vehicle charger per unit where there are more spaces than units
  2. Where there are more spaces than units then the additional spaces should as a minimum have cable routes installed with potential for a charging point to be introduced in the future.
  3. Within a covered car park the requirements are less onerous with just the cable routes required for each space
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