How should planning and zoning issues be considered for the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging? This session will discuss planning, zoning, and permitting for EV charging — the challenges and lessons learned. National building code organizations have dedicated considerable attention to developing model codes to provide local officials with the guidance needed to address health and safety concerns of the installation and operation of the charging equipment. However, local approval often goes beyond code review to include planning and zoning concerns for land use, parking, traffic, design, and aesthetics. These concerns cause reviews to get hung up with zoning staff, zoning boards, and commissions. Hear how these issues have been addressed by the Sustainable Energy Action Committee (SEAC) Electric Vehicle Charging Working Group through their collaborative effort with RMI, IREC, electric vehicle service providers, and local planners. The group’s recently released report, Planning and Zoning Guidance for Electric Vehicle Charger Deployment, is available online.

How do these solutions work in practice? Hear about the EV Smart pilot program and Distributed Energy Resource Permit Accelerator Pilot- two programs that support local jurisdictions in setting and achieving equitable EV-readiness goals. See how cities and counties in Ohio, Michigan, and Minnesota are working to streamline their permitting and inspection processes, improve regulatory practices and their broader efforts to attract EVs and the charging stations necessary to support them.

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