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Class E – electrical upstand for recharging vehicles

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What is allowed

The installation, alteration or replacement, within an area lawfully used for off-street parking, of an upstand with an electrical outlet mounted on it for recharging electric vehicles.

Where can I use it

On any land or building in England

What is not allowed
  • in relation to an upstand and outlet: within the curtilage of a dwellinghouse or a block of flats, exceed 1.6 metres in height from the level of the surface used for the parking of vehicles; or
  • in any other case, exceed 2.3 metres in height from the level of the surface used for the parking of vehicles;
  • be within 2 metres of a highway;
  • be within a site designated as a scheduled monument;
  • be within the curtilage of a listed building; or
  • result in more than 1 upstand being provided for each parking space.

Development is permitted by Class E subject to the conditions that when the development is no longer needed as a charging point for electric vehicles—
the development is removed as soon as reasonably practicable; and
the land on which the development was mounted or into which the development was set is, as soon as reasonably practicable, and so far as reasonably practicable, reinstated to its condition before that development was carried out.

How do I use the allowance

This is a normal allowance that is available to nearly every building and site in England. For buildings in Conservation Areas you should check to see whether the Council has issued an Article 4 Direction.

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