Hire a certified electrical contractor
Costs and work
A certified electrical contractor will determine what work is needed to connect a charger to an electrical source and can provide you with an estimate of the installation costs. Costs might include the installation of new conduits or outlets, or work such as coring and trenching. Installation costs tend to be much lower for a Level 1 charger relative to a Level 2 charger.
Building’s electrical capacity
By conducting a site assessment and load calculation, an electrical contractor can determine how much electricity is available for charging in your building and how many electric vehicle chargers can be accommodated.
Review strata rules and bylaws
Review strata rules and bylaws, and obtain legal advice from a strata lawyer, to determine if:
There are existing bylaws or rules for electric vehicle or electric scooter charging
Existing bylaws or rules set a precedent and may affect how you implement charging. Review these bylaws and rules and determine if any changes are needed.
Any rules or bylaws need to be amended or created
Changes to bylaws and rules may be required to accommodate aspects of charging, such as the right to charge, modifications to building structures and billing for electricity use (e.g. collecting a user fee). New rules and bylaws set a precedent. We recommend that you consider incorporating provisions for future electric vehicle drivers.
Consider Whether Agreements can be made directly with homeowners
In some cases, agreements about installation and usage of a charger can be made directly with homeowners. However, homeowner approval at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) or Special General Meeting (SGM) may be required if rules or bylaws need to be changed.
Homeowner approval May be needed at the AGM or SGM
Your strata bylaws and rules will specify when homeowner approval is needed. Homeowner approval at an AGM (or SGM) may be required for the introduction of new user fees, building modifications, larger expenditures or (in some cases) permanent parking reallocations.
Learn more about homeowner approval.
Step 3: Approve (or deny) the request