Quick Guide to Isolation Switches

In order to ensure your EV charger install goes smoothly, you must have an isolator switch installed on your electrical system.

What is an isolation switch?

An isolation switch is a device that can be installed on a metering supply and isolates a particular circuit. This enables the supply to be de-energised after the meter and prevents a current from passing through. Most commonly, an isolation switch is located inside a meter box. It sits after the meter and before the consumer unit.


What is its purpose?

An isolation switch acts as a circuit breaker on your mains electrical supply so that any electrical work (such as an EV charger or solar installation) taking place at your home can be completed safely by an electrician or engineer. When the switch is turned off, there is no power after the isolation switch, which allows any maintenance work to be completed safely.


What does an isolation switch look like?

Here is what a typical household (domestic) meter box looks like. The isolation switch can be seen in the top centre.

Isolation Meter


Who’s responsible for installing an isolation switch?

An isolation switch needs to be installed by your energy supplier. Safety regulations state that the electricity supply needs to be de-energised via the cut-out. As private electricians are not permitted to work on the cut-out, your energy supplier needs to schedule an engineer to go to your property and install one.


How can I arrange an isolation switch install?

Contact your energy supplier to get an isolation switch installed. It needs to be scheduled as a non-essential maintenance job. This is a common request and is usually carried out within 3-4 weeks and costs approx. £100, although this varies by supplier.



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