Chapter 15.15
EXPEDITED PERMIT PROCESS FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS

Sections:

15.15.010    Purpose and intent.

15.15.020    Definitions.

15.15.030    Applicability.

15.15.040    Electric vehicle charging station requirements.

15.15.050    Applications and documents.

15.15.060    Permit review and inspection requirements.

15.15.010 Purpose and intent.

The purpose of this chapter is to provide an expedited, streamlined electric vehicle charging station permitting process that complies with California Government Code Section 65850.7 so long as the action does not supersede the building official’s authority to identify and address higher priority life-safety situations. This chapter encourages the use of electric vehicle charging stations by removing obstacles and unreasonable barriers to, and minimizing costs of, permitting electric vehicle charging stations. This chapter allows the city to achieve these goals while protecting the public health and safety. (Ord. 1637 § 2 (part), 2017)

15.15.020 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms, phrases and words used in this chapter shall be construed in compliance with the definitions set forth in Government Code Section 65850.7:

A. “Electric vehicle charging station” or “charging station” means any level of electric vehicle supply equipment station that is designed and built in compliance with California Electrical Code Article 625, as it reads on the effective date of this section, and delivers electricity from a source outside an electric vehicle into a plug-in electric vehicle.

B. “Electronic submittal” means the utilization of one or more of the following: email; the internet; facsimile.

C. “Feasible method to satisfactorily mitigate or avoid the specific, adverse impact” includes, but is not limited to, any cost-effective method, condition, or mitigation imposed by the city on another similarly situated application in a prior successful application for a permit.

D. “Specific, adverse impact” means a significant, quantifiable, direct, and unavoidable impact, based on objective, identified, and written public health or safety standards, policies, or conditions as they existed on the date the application was deemed complete. (Ord. 1637 § 2 (part), 2017)

15.15.030 Applicability.

A. This chapter applies to the permitting of all electric vehicle charging stations in the city.

B. Routine operation and maintenance shall not require a permit.

C. Electric vehicle chargers installed on listed historic properties shall be found consistent with the historic preservation ordinance including historic preservation guidelines and Secretary of the Interior standards for the treatment of historic properties, as deemed necessary by the community development director. (Ord. 1637 § 2 (part), 2017)

15.15.040 Electric vehicle charging station requirements.

A. All electric vehicle charging stations shall meet all applicable health and safety standards and requirements imposed by local, state and federal law.

B. An electric vehicle charging station shall meet all applicable safety and performance standards established by the California Electrical Code, the Society of Automotive Engineers, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, and accredited testing laboratories such as Underwriters Laboratories and, where applicable, rules of the Public Utilities Commission regarding safety and reliability. (Ord. 1637 § 2 (part), 2017)

15.15.050 Applications and documents.

A. All documents required for the submission of an electric vehicle charging station application shall be made available on the city website. The building official shall adopt, and post on the city’s website, a standard plan and checklist of all requirements with which electric vehicle charging stations shall comply to be eligible for expedited review.

B. Electronic submittal of the required permit application, plans and documents by email or the internet shall be made available to all electric vehicle charging station permit applicants.

C. The city will accept an electronic signature on all forms, applications and other documents in lieu of a wet signature by an applicant.

D. The electric vehicle charging station permit process, standard plan(s), and checklist(s) shall substantially conform to recommendations for expedited permitting, including the checklist and standard plans contained in the most current version of the “Plug-In Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Permitting Checklist” of the “Zero-Emission Vehicles in California: Community Readiness Guidebook” published by the Office of Planning and Research. (Ord. 1637 § 2 (part), 2017)

15.15.060 Permit review and inspection requirements.

A. The building official shall implement an administrative, nondiscretionary review process to expedite approval of electric vehicle charging stations.

B. If an application is deemed incomplete, a written correction notice detailing all deficiencies in the application and any additional information or documentation required to be eligible for expedited permit issuance shall be sent to the applicant for resubmission.

C. Review of the application shall be limited to the building official’s review of whether the application meets local, state, and federal health and safety requirements.

D. The building and safety division shall issue a building permit, the issuance of which is nondiscretionary within five business days for residential installations, and ten business days for commercial installations upon receipt of a complete application that meets the requirements of the approved checklist and standard plan.

E. The building official may require an applicant to apply for an administrative use permit if the official finds, based on substantial evidence, that the electric vehicle charging station could have a specific, adverse impact upon the public health and safety.

F. If an administrative use permit is required, the city may deny such application if it makes written findings based upon substantive evidence in the record that the proposed installation would have a specific, adverse impact upon public health or safety and there is no feasible method to satisfactorily mitigate or avoid, as defined, the adverse impact. Such findings shall include the basis for the rejection of the potential feasible alternative for preventing the adverse impact. Such decisions may be appealed to the city planning commission.

G. Any condition imposed on an application shall be a feasible method to satisfactorily mitigate the specific, adverse impact upon health and safety at the lowest possible cost.

H. Approval of a permit for any electric vehicle charging station shall not be conditioned on the approval of an electric vehicle charging station by an association, as that term is defined in Civil Code Section 4080.

I. Only one inspection shall be required and performed by the building and safety division for electric vehicle charging stations eligible for expedited review.

J. The inspection shall be done in a timely manner and should include consolidated inspections.

K. If an electric vehicle charging station fails inspection, a subsequent inspection is authorized. (Ord. 1637 § 2 (part), 2017)