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If you are planning to install an electric vehicle charge point (EVCP) at a Council-owned property, then you will require permission to install this at your home.

Our Housing Asset Services are responsible for granting EVCP installations.

To request an application form, please email

Requirements checklist

Documentation required

  1. Provide documentation of the electric vehicle (EV) charger make and model, including warranty documents. It must be:
    • a domestic charger between 1 and 7 kW as our homes run on single phase electricity
    • British Standard approved
    • fitted with an isolation switch, ideally away from the charge point
  1. Diagram, or photograph of where the charger will be installed on the property.
  2. Provide the name of a qualified electrician or organisation installing the charger. For quality and safety reasons they must be a TrustMark recognised installer such as:
    • National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC) or
    • Electrical Contractors Association for Scotland (SELECT), or equivalent
    The contractor you use must have a minimum of £5 million Public Liability Insurance. We also require copies of:
    • the insurance certificate as it's required before the work can commence
    • a method statement with a risk assessment
  1. Provide us with an NICEIC or SELECT, or equivalent, Electrical Installation Certificate upon completion.
  2. Provide evidence that the Distribution Network Operator (DNO) has been informed as the electricity supplier must be made aware and approved the installation. Application forms to notify the DNO can be obtained at Energy Networks Association: Connecting electric vehicles and heat pumps to the networks.

Maintenance and responsibilities

  1. We will not replace or maintain the EV charger while you live in the property. If the charge point requires to be made safe, you may be charged for this service.
  2. If you leave your Council property and decide to leave the charger, we will then accept responsibility for the charger. You will not be compensated by us for the charger if you do not remove it.
  3. If you remove the charger at the end of your tenancy then the building must be put back to its original condition at no cost to us as a Council. 

Application guidance

Request permission to install an electric vehicle charge point

If you are a Council tenant you will require our permission to install an EVCP.

If you are applying through the Scottish Government's Electric Vehicle Home Charge Scheme, you will also require permission from the Council.

If you live in a flat or listed building, you may require planning permission.

You may also require a building warrant if you live in a flat or if your house has more than two storeys. It will be your responsibility to pay for this warrant.

See guidance at Local Authority Building Standards Scotland: Installation of Electric Vehicle Charging Points (EVCP)

Designated off-street parking

Permission will only be granted if you already have a dropped kerb and hardstanding parking area.

Flats with no private garden

Permission may be granted if you live in a flat subject to certain criteria. If you live in a flat with no private parking space you will not be given permission.

Charger location

Guidance on the location of your charger:

  • your car charger needs to be as close as possible to where you normally park your car 
  • the charger cannot face the highway or be within two metres of it
  • your charge point, and any part of your vehicle cannot be within three metres of a street lighting column
  • if the installer requires the consumer unit upgraded to accommodate the charge unit, you must contact us for further advice
  • always check the length of cable that comes with the charger you are considering buying

Charger installation

Your electric vehicle charge point must only be installed by a skilled person registered with a competent persons scheme and authorised by the Office for Zero Emissions Vehicles (OZEV).

Charge point installations must have a residual current device (RCD) built into the unit and be installed in accordance with:

  • BS EN 61851-1:2019
  • current edition of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Wiring Regulations – currently BS 7671:2018+A2:2022
  • recommendations of the IET Code of Practice for Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Installations (as amended)
  • Electricity Safety, Quality and Continuity Regulations
  • installation should consider the requirements of BS 8300:2009+A1:2010 and the requirements of disabled people
  • final installation shall be in accordance with the current edition of the Building Regulations Part P (Electrical Safety – Dwellings)
  • equipment installed shall meet the applicable minimum ingress protection (IP) ratings set out in BS EN 61851-1:2019 and BS 7671:2018 2018+A2:2022 according to the usage location
  • electrical supply of the final installation should allow the charging equipment to operate at full rated capacity – where local supply constraints prevent operation at full rated capacity, the charging equipment shall be classified according to actual output capacity

The charge point installers must also notify the relevant Distribution Network Operator (DNO) directly of the installation of a charge point.

Full guidance for the electric vehicle connection process can be found at Energy Networks Association (ENA): Work programmes. This is to minimise the chance of power quality issues to electricity customers.

Completion of works documentation

A copy of the Electrical Installation Certificate must be provided to us upon completion of works along with the make and model of the charger unit and a clear photograph of the installed charge point.

No longer need the charger

If you wish to remove the charger you should remove the charge point as soon as reasonably practicable, and reinstate the wall or patch of ground to its previous condition.

Contact Information

Housing Asset Services Programme Team
Telephone: 01563 555793
Emergency Helpline (local rate): 0345 724 0000