September 4, 2023

How can local zoning regulations adapt for EV chargers, streamline approval processes, and reduce staff workload effectively?

To adapt zoning regulations for EV chargers effectively, and streamline processes while reducing staff workload, municipalities can turn to the recently published guidance document by SEAC, RMI, and IREC. The document addresses the increasing demand for millions of EV chargers and emphasizes the need for transparent and predictable requirements for charger installation and approval processes. By providing local code officials with clear guidelines and recommendations on common planning and zoning challenges such as permitted accessory use, parking, accessibility, design, and aesthetics, the document enables smoother and more efficient decision-making. It also offers sample code text on zoning and parking, ensuring standardized approaches. Furthermore, by incorporating equitable access to on-street public charging for households without off-street parking, and defining key terms like EV-Capable, EV-Ready, and EVSE Installed, municipalities can ensure inclusivity and clarity.  Embracing this guidance will empower municipalities to proactively plan for EV charger deployment, reduce the involvement of multiple parties, and streamline the approval process, ultimately easing the workload on municipal staff members.

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Download this guidance document today: Planning and Zoning for Electric Vehicle Charger Deployment.

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