13.26.010    Purpose.

13.26.020    Definitions.

13.26.030    Expedited review process.

13.26.040    Permit application processing.

13.26.050    Technical review.

13.26.060    Severability.

13.26.010 Purpose.

(a)    Creation of an expedited, streamlined permitting process for electric vehicle charging stations (EVCS) would facilitate convenient charging of electric vehicles throughout the city.

(b)    Electric vehicle charging stations which qualify for expedited administrative permit processing shall be subject to the permitting procedures set forth in this chapter. (Ord. 1441 § 2, 2022).

13.26.020 Definitions.

(a)    The following words and phrases as used in this chapter are defined as follows:

(1)    "Electric vehicle charging station" or "charging station" means any level of electric vehicle supply equipment station that is designed and built in compliance with Article 625 of the California Electrical Code, as may be amended from time to time, and delivers electricity from a source outside an electric vehicle into a plug-in electric vehicle.

(2)    "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. 1441 § 2, 2022).

13.26.030 Expedited review process.

The building official shall implement an expedited administrative permit review process for electric vehicle charging stations and adopt a checklist of all requirements with which electric vehicle charging stations shall comply in order to be eligible for an expedited review. The expedited administrative permit review process and checklist may refer to the recommendations in the checklist prescribed by 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 Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, as may be amended from time to time. The city’s adopted checklist shall be published on the city’s website. (Ord. 1441 § 2, 2022).

13.26.040 Permit application processing.

(a)    A permit application that satisfies the information requirements in the city’s adopted checklist shall be deemed complete and be promptly processed. Upon confirmation by the building official that the permit application and supporting documents meet the requirements of the city’s adopted checklist, and are consistent with all applicable laws, the building official shall approve the application and issue all necessary permits. Such approval does not authorize an applicant to energize or utilize the electric vehicle charging station until approval is granted by the city. If the building official determines that the permit application is incomplete, he or she shall issue a written correction notice to the applicant, detailing all deficiencies in the application and any additional information required to be eligible for expedited permit issuance.

(b)    Nothing in this chapter shall modify or remove any obligation of the permit applicant or operator of an electric vehicle charging station to comply with any electric utility’s reasonable and feasible safety, reliability, and engineering interconnection policies. (Ord. 1441 § 2, 2022).

13.26.050 Technical review.

If the building official makes a finding based on substantial evidence that the electric vehicle charging station could have a specific, adverse impact upon the public health or safety, the city may require the applicant to apply for a use permit. (Ord. 1441 § 2, 2022).

13.26.060 Severability.

The provisions of this chapter are hereby declared to be severable. If any section, sentence, clause, phrase, word, portion or provision of the ordinance codified in this chapter is held invalid or unconstitutional, or unenforceable, by any court of competent jurisdiction, such holding shall not affect, impair, or invalidate any other section, sentence, clause, phrase, word, portion, or provision of said ordinance which can be given effect without the invalid portion. In adopting said ordinance, the city council affirmatively declares that it would have approved and adopted said ordinance even without any portion which may be held invalid or unenforceable. If any section, subsection, phrase, or clause of said ordinance is for any reason held to be unconstitutional, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of said ordinance. (Ord. 1441 § 2, 2022).