Step 2: Investigate your building’s situation

​​Each building is unique and presents its own charging opportunities and challenges. There are three components to this step: assess the parking situation, hire a certified contractor and review strata rules and bylaws.

Assess the parking

The distance between the suggested charger location and an electrical room or an outlet

This distance might be important. If a regular outlet is nearby, then you might have a Level 1 opportunity. Knowing the distance of the nearest electrical room may help an electrical contractor estimate Level 2 installation costs. Parking stalls that are far from an outlet or the electrical room might have more expensive installation costs.

If parking stalls need to be reallocated

If the suggested charging location is too far from an outlet or the electrical room, then one option may be to switch to stalls that are closer. Review strata bylaws to see if this is feasible.

Learn more about parking situations.

If visitor parking can be used for charger installation

Another option is to have an electric charger installed in your building’s visitor parking area. This may be a more practical option and has the advantage of providing access to multiple electric vehicle drivers. Review strata bylaws to see if this is feasible.

Parking stall ownership and use (legal designation of stalls)

Parking stall ownership and usage is determined by its legal designation, as outlined in the Strata Plan. The feasibility of changing the use or ownership of a stall is determined by your strata’s bylaws.

Read more about parking designations.

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. 

Find a certified electrical contractor.

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.

Next Steps

Step 3: Approve (or deny) the request