Electric vehicle charging – guidance for residents

Hampshire County Council recognises the significant benefits of Electric Vehicles (EV), particularly in relation to air quality and public health, and that usage of electric vehicles by residents is increasing.

This guidance has been produced to aid residents for whom off street parking is not available but wish to charge their vehicle.

Most electric vehicles come with a cable you can plug in at home with a normal 13amp socket. This makes charging an EV reasonably straight forward for residents with access to off street parking.

Refer to your vehicle’s handbook and any instructions for the use of cables, including extension cables, and seek advice from a qualified electrician before charging an electric vehicle.

It is important to consider public safety and existing legislation when placing the cable from the power supply in your home to your vehicle. Any legal liability arising from the placement of the cable or protector is your responsibility. You may wish to speak to your home insurer to confirm that your home insurance policy covers this situation.

It is the responsibility of the person charging the vehicle to adhere to any parking restrictions that may be in place and to not obstruct the footway or any accesses. The guidance is intended to help residents make informed decisions about how they can charge a vehicle in these locations. It is the responsibility of the person charging the vehicle to avoid putting themselves and others at risk when trailing a cable across a footway or an area people may cross.

Parking your vehicle for charging

Vehicles should be parked as close to the property as possible. Where a vehicle cannot be parked immediately opposite the property, the cable should be run along the carriageway channel against the kerb. The recommended maximum distance from a point opposite the property is 10 metres (approximately 2 car lengths).

The cable should not cross the carriageway therefore your vehicle should always be parked on the same side of the road as your property.

Any vehicle parked on the Highway must always adhere to any local parking restrictions that may be in place and should not obstruct the footway.

Charging your vehicle

Whenever you are charging your vehicle, you should always follow all guidance and recommendations in your manufacturer’s handbook (this may differ depending on the vehicle).

Any extension lead that is required should be suitable for external use. You should read any instructions on the correct use provided with your extension lead.

Cables should be laid flat and never be extended from an upper storey to a vehicle, nor should they be hung from any street furniture including lamp columns or trees.

A cable should only be placed over the footway when the vehicle is charging and should always be removed when not in use.

It is the resident's responsibility to ensure that the cable does not cause a danger or a nuisance to the public.
Electric car being charged incorrectly - cable laying over pavement
Cables should be laid flat and not cause a danger or nuisance to the public
Electric car being charged incorrectly - cable laying over pavement
Cables should be laid flat and not cause a danger or nuisance to the public

Using a cable protector

The most suitable solution for getting the cable from your property boundary to your vehicle safely is to use a suitable cable protector. Cable protectors are regularly used in public spaces and areas of high footfall to cover cables or wires on a temporary basis.

Any cable protector used should cover the area likely to be walked across, including the full width of any footway and verge between the property and the vehicle.

The cable protector should be non-slip, have contrasting colour markings e.g. yellow, have anti-trip sloped sides, and be of a tough construction suitable for outdoors use.

Electric car being charged correctly - cable with cable cover laying over pavement
Cable protectors should extend the full width of any footway and verge between the property and vehicle
Electric car being charged correctly - cable with cable cover laying over pavement
Always use a cable protector if laying your charging cable across a pathway

Cable licensing

Currently an EV charging cable does not require a licence. However, as policies are reviewed and updated this may change in the future.

Although no licence is currently required, where a location is not suitable then the County Council has existing powers under Section 162 of the Highways Act to seek to have the cable removed.

A license is required for all other temporary placement of cabling on or over the Highway.

Apply for consent to place cables on or over the highway