Chapter 18.40


18.40.010    Purpose.

18.40.020    Designation.

18.40.030    Electric vehicle charging stations.

18.40.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to:

A. Provide adequate and convenient electric vehicle charging stations to serve the needs of the traveling public;

B. Provide opportunities for Bonney Lake residents to have safe and efficient personal electric charging stations located at their place of residence;

C. Provide the opportunity for commercial and industrial businesses to supply electrical vehicle charging station services to their customers and employees; and

D. Create standard criteria to encourage and promote safe, efficient, and cost effective electric vehicle charging opportunities in a full range of zones and settings for convenient service to those that use electric vehicles. (Ord. 1520 § 1, 2015).

18.40.020 Designation.

An electric vehicle station is a public or private parking space(s) that is served by battery charging equipment for the purpose of transferring electric energy to a battery or other energy storage device in an electrical vehicle and is classified based on the following levels:

A. Level 1 is considered slow charging and operates on a 15- to 20-amp breaker on a 120-volt AC circuit.

B. Level 2 is considered medium charging and operates on a 40- to 100-amp breaker on a 208- or 240-volt AC circuit.

C. Level 3 is considered fast or rapid charging and operates on a 60-amp or higher breaker on a 480-volt or higher three phase circuit with special grounding equipment. Level 3 stations can also be referred to as rapid charging stations that are typically characterized by industrial grade electrical outlets that allows for faster recharging of electrical vehicles. (Ord. 1520 § 1, 2015).

18.40.030 Electric vehicle charging stations.

Electric vehicle charging stations utilizing parking stalls located in parking lots or parking garages or on-street parking spaces shall comply with the following standards:

A. Signage. Each charging station space shall be posted with signage indicating the space is only for electric vehicle charging purposes. Directional signage may be provided to guide motorists to charging station space(s); provided, that directional signs shall be consistent with MUTCD D9-11b and D9-11bP.

B. Accessibility. The design and location of the charging stations shall comply with the following barrier free accessibility requirements:

1. Accessible charging stations shall be provided at a ratio of one per 25 charging stations.

2. Accessible charging stations shall be located in close proximity to the building or facility entrance and shall be connected to a barrier-free accessible route of travel.

3. Accessible charging stations shall comply with the requirements of WAC 51-50-005.

C. Charging Station Equipment. Charging station equipment shall comply with the following standards:

1. Equipment mounted on pedestals, lighting posts, bollards, or other devices for on-street charging stations shall be designed and located so as to not impede pedestrian travel or create trip hazards within the right-of-way.

2. Charging station outlets and connector shall be no less than 36 inches and no higher than 48 inches from the top of the surface where mounted and shall contain a retraction device or a place to hang cords and connectors above the ground surface.

3. Equipment shall be protected by wheel stops or concrete-filled bollards.

D. Notification. At all charging stations the following information shall be posted:

1. Voltage and amperage levels.

2. Hours of operations if time limits or tow-away provisions are to be enforced by the property owner.

3. Usage fees.

4. Safety information.

5. Contact information for reporting when the equipment is not operating or other problems.

E. Minimum Parking Requirements. Electric vehicle charging stations located within parking lots or garages may be included in the calculation of the minimum required parking spaces. (Ord. 1520 § 1, 2015).