Some aspects of allowing EV charging may be in the hands of strata council, but others may require a homeowner vote at an AGM and SGM. Either way, the strata council support is the first essential step.

A strata council vote

If approving a change to accommodate EV charging, the strata council may need to vote on:

  • Changes to parking rules for the affected stalls, including details such as time limits, user access, and any stall switching provisions;
  • Financial expenditures in support of putting in charging (within the limits allowable without requiring a homeowner vote – this limit is usually specified in the Strata bylaws);
  • Bringing any draft bylaws (including user fees bylaws) that may be required in support of EV charging to the next AGM or SGM.

Homeowner vote at AGM/SGM

Your strata’s bylaws and rules will determine what aspects of the charging installation needs to be approved by homeowners and what level of consensus is required at the AGM or SGM.

 More information about holding a SGM or AGM

Establishing user agreements

If approving a homeowner’s request, the strata council may also want to set up an agreement with the homeowner specifying the terms and conditions of use of the equipment. Be as specific as possible to avoid complications in the future. You should involve a lawyer who specializes in strata law to help you draft and formalize your agreement.

Some potential areas to consider when drafting the agreement include:

Ownership of the charger (especially after a homeowner sells their property)

Ownership will determine what happens to a charger when a homeowner moves. Charger ownership may also be influenced by the legal designation of the parking stall so it is best to carefully review your strata’s documents and rules.

Management of charger installation

The agreement should identify who will be responsible for finding a certified and knowledgeable electrical contractor, and managing the installation. Your strata or building manager can help with this.

Payment for charger and installation costs

Payment would likely have been agreed upon prior to strata council’s approval, but it is best to formalize the terms of payment, especially if costs are shared between parties.

Management and payment for charger maintenance

Although the maintenance of a charger is likely to be minimal once it is installed, it is best to specify who will be responsible for the upkeep of the charger. If a networked charger for multiple users will be installed, confirm who will pay the monthly connection fees.

 Learn more about networked chargers.

Pay for electricity costs and how

Work with homeowners to develop a system to recover electricity costs. Be specific. Include the amount, frequency and method for payment. There are several options for payment including monthly user fees and direct use payments.

Learn more about your electricity payment options.

 Consider the Impact on building insurance

Notify your insurance company about any building modifications and charger installations, regardless of who owns the charger. They will advise on how your policy should be amended.

Next Step

 Step 4: Install the charger