Electric vehicle chargepoint grant if you own or rent a flat

Information about how to get grant funding to install electric vehicle chargepoints, the grant’s eligibility and how to apply for funding

Summary, Eligibility, How to apply and Supporting information has been updated on the 27 September 2022

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Summary

You can apply for this grant if:

  • you own and live in a flat, or you rent any residential property

  • your home has its own private off-street parking space

  • you own an eligible vehicle

You cannot apply if you:

  • have already claimed for the grant (or its predecessors, the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) and the Domestic Recharge Scheme)

Property requirements

Your property must be in the UK. You cannot apply for this grant if you live in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man.

You can only apply for an existing residential property that you live in. You cannot apply for a property that’s unoccupied or is still being built.

Your parking space

You must have a parking space that:

  • is off-street, private and clearly defined - it does not have to be part of the property

  • is accessible to you at all times

  • you own or have the legal right to

You must have proof of all legal rights and permissions, such as from the freeholder of a block of flats.

Your vehicle

This grant is only for vehicles on the list of OZEV-approved electric vehicles.

You must provide evidence that you own or use an eligible vehicle. This can be:

  • as a registered owner

  • if you’ve leased one for at least 6 months

  • if you’ve used one as a work vehicle for at least 6 months

  • if you’ve currently got one on order

Other

OZEV approved installers must be used for the work

OZEV approved equipment must be used for the work

Eligibility

This tab was updated on the 22 April 2022.

A person will qualify if they have a qualifying vehicle and property.

Vehicle requirements

To be eligible for the grant, the vehicle must be listed on the EVHS eligible vehicles list at the time of installation.

The following people are eligible to access the grant:

  • individuals who become registered keepers of a new or second-hand eligible electric vehicle – note that the registered keeper is not necessarily the owner of a vehicle, but the person responsible for the car that pays for road tax and MOT

  • individuals who are assigned a company car

  • individuals who lease an eligible vehicle

  • individuals who are named, by their employer, as the primary user of an eligible electric vehicle

  • individuals who have ordered an eligible electric vehicle

Property requirements

The following criteria apply:

  • The property is either:

    • a flat (a single unit property in a multiunit building). The people living in it may be the leaseholder or freeholder of the flat or rent it; or

    • a single unit property that is rented in its entirety. This is where the applicant’s tenancy is defined by a rental agreement. Mortgaged properties are not eligible

  • This grant is for domestic properties only

  • The grant is only for retrofit (existing) properties; it cannot be used for new-builds.

  • The applicant must be resident at the property

  • Any necessary third-party permissions (such as from a landlord or freeholder or managing agent of a block of flats) must be obtained before an installation occurs

  • The property must be located in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland (applicants in the Channel Islands and Isle of Man are not eligible)

Dedicated off-street parking

The property must have designated, private off-street parking. This may be co-located with the property or separate from it. Where the parking is separate, the person applying must be able to demonstrate that they have a legal entitlement to the parking space.

The parking must be suitable for a chargepoint installation (a survey before installation must be conducted by the installer). The parking must be able to permit an eligible vehicle to be charged safely. The customer must be able to access the parking space at all times.

OZEV approved installers must be used for the work, Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme: authorised installers - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

OZEV approved equipment must be used for the work, Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme approved chargepoint model list - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Objectives

This stimulus aims to ensure that EV drivers get the support they may need to be able to charge at home.

The aim of the scheme is to accelerate the uptake of electric chargepoints for people living in flats and rental accommodation.

This will support the UK’s transition to electric vehicles.

Dates

The grant is open.

Funding is confirmed until at least 31 March 2024

How to apply

Apply for an EV chargepoint grant

Before you apply, check your vehicle is on the list of Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV)-approved electric vehicles and check the chargepoint you want to install is on the list of OZEV-approved chargepoint models.

How to apply

Contact an OZEV-authorised installer to get a quote for the work.

If you accept the quote, you can ask the installer to start your claim. Your installer will then ask you for your contact details and provide these to OZEV. You will then receive an email from OZEV with a link to an online form. You must provide details of your property and your vehicle to proceed with your application.

Once the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) has approved your application, they’ll let your installer know that they can start the work.

Your installer must either complete the work within 90 days of your application being approved, or request an extension. If they do not, ask the installer to submit a new application.

When your installer finishes the installation, they will claim the grant on your behalf. They’ll give details of your chargepoint to OZEV, along with photographs of the installation and an invoice. You will be sent an email to verify the information that your installer provides us.

Your installer must deduct the grant amount from your bill before they apply for the grant. Your invoice must show the total installation cost minus the grant amount.

Once OZEV approves an application they will pay the grant amount to your installer.

Supporting information

Guidance for applicants is provided here:

Electric vehicle chargepoint grant if you own or rent a flat: After you've applied - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Guidance for installers is provided here:

EV chargepoint grant for flat owner-occupiers and people living in rented properties: installer guidance - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Audits

In some cases, OZEV may choose to audit your installation to check it meets the grant requirements. If they do, OZEV will arrange for auditors to contact you for a site visit.