Navigating the installation of electric vehicle charging stations in Belgian condominiums

Electric vehicles (EVs) are gaining popularity, leading to an increasing number of condominiums being approached to install charging stations. Whether it’s at the request of a single co-owner or multiple parties, the scenarios are varied. This growing trend has led to new legislation, particularly in the Brussels region, which has issued a decree specifically covering this subject. The decree outlines the ratios of charging points for parking areas and additional safety conditions that apply. This article aims to guide you through the legal and practical aspects of installing an EV charging station in a condominium in Belgium.

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What does the law say?

Nationally, a law passed in 2018 allows co-owners, as well as energy operators, to modify, improve, or optimize the infrastructure at their own expense, provided they don’t change its purpose or infringe on the rights of other co-owners. This can relate to electrical installations, gas, water, or telecommunications. However, the law requires that those wishing to make such changes must submit their project to the condominium, which can either authorize it, oppose it, or undertake the project itself.

Preparing your case

If you’re considering requesting the installation of an EV charging station in your condominium, it’s crucial to prepare your case carefully. The more complete and convincing your proposal is, the better your chances of gaining support from the property manager and other co-owners. Your proposal should include a detailed description of the planned work and a justification for the proposed infrastructure optimization.

Timeframe for condominium response

The condominium has two months to respond to your request. If the matter is urgent, it’s strongly advised to organize an extraordinary general assembly.

Types of installations

Individual installations

If you’re a co-owner who wants to install a charging station in your own parking space or garage, you’ll need to consider the electrical capacity and safety measures. You’ll also need to ensure that your installation doesn’t interfere with the building’s existing electrical infrastructure.

Shared installations

In cases where multiple co-owners advocate for a shared external charging station, the logistics become more complex. Issues such as usage tracking, billing, and maintenance need to be addressed.

Integration with solar panels

Some condominiums may already have or be considering installing collective photovoltaic panels. These can often be used to power the EV charging station, offering a sustainable and cost-effective solution.

Challenges and concerns for condominiums

The installation of EV charging stations presents several challenges for condominiums. These include:

Electrical capacity

The existing electrical infrastructure may need to be upgraded to accommodate the additional load from the charging station.


Additional safety measures may be required, such as the installation of fire suppression systems or ventilation in underground garages.


The cost of installing and maintaining a charging station can be significant and needs to be budgeted for.

Legal considerations

The legal framework around the installation of charging stations is still evolving, and condominiums need to stay updated on the latest regulations and requirements.


The growing popularity of electric vehicles is pushing more condominiums to consider installing charging stations. While the legal framework in Belgium allows for such installations, it’s crucial for co-owners to present a well-prepared and compelling case to gain the support of their condominium. Understanding the challenges and preparing for them can go a long way in ensuring the successful implementation of an EV charging station in your building.