EV CHARGER REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION - 2020 EV REACH CODE

In 2020, Santa Monica adopted local amendments (also known as a "Reach Code") to the 2019 CALGreen Building Standards CEV Chargerode, requiring a minimum percentage of parking spaces in new residential and nonresidential projects to have electric vehicle (EV) chargers installed or to be equipped with infrastructure to support future EV charging (see the table below for details).

Increasing the availability of EV charging infrastructure at new facilities is a cost-effective way to support EV adoption. Replacing fossil-fueled vehicle trips with EVs is a critical component of the City's carbon emissions reduction goals, outlined in the City's EV Action Plan and the Climate Action & Adaptation Plan.

The adopted local amendments are subject to approval from the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC), which is anticipated by summer 2020. This page will be updated once the new requirements officially take effect.

Click here for the Electronic Plan Review application that is required for all new construction. The permit for the EV Charging stations are included as a part of the overall project permit.


EV Charging Stations Required for New Construction (pending CBSC approval)

Percentages refer to the percent of total parking spaces that must meet the listed requirements.

 


CALGREEN 

REQUIREMENT

 

SANTA MONICA REQUIREMENTS
(EV Reach Code)

 

 

EV Capable

EV Chargers Installed

EV Ready

Raceway/Conduit Equipped

Total Potential EV Spaces

Single Family, Duplex

1 per unit

--

1 per unit

--

1+

Multifamily

10%

10%

20%

70%

100%

Hotel/Motel*

6% avg

10%

--

30%

40%

Office*

6% avg

10%

20%

30%

60%

All other nonresidential*

6% avg

10%

--

30%

40%


Definitions:

  • EV Charger Installed: Full circuit (208/240V 40-amp) electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) per CALGreen+ EV Charger
  • EV Ready: Full-circuit EVSE (with breaker); ready for the charger
  • EV Capable: Full-circuit without charger or breaker (required by CALGreen, not included in Santa Monica's Reach Code categories
  • Raceway/Conduit Equipped: The parking space is served by raceway or conduit to support a future EV charger; no additional EVSE or panel capacity required

*DCFC Option: 1 DC Fast Charger (480V; min 50 kW) may replace up to 5 required level 2 (240V) chargers


Additional Resources:

For more information about EV Reach Code requirements, please refer to the links below: