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Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) Charging Ordinance

Last modified: 5/5/2014 9:04 AM

On December 17, 2013, the Board of Supervisors Adopted an Ordinance requiring either pre-wiring or the installation of charging systems for Plug in Electric Vehicles (PEV) in new buildings in the unincorporated areas.

The purpose of this ordinance is to increase the availability of PEV charging system infrastructure throughout the County, encouraging the increased ownership of plug in electric vehicles.

The Ordinance requires that new buildings install conduit and ensure electrical panel capacity to enable the future installation of Level 2 Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment.

For new non-residential and multi-family residential buildings that install more than 100 new parking spaces, the Ordinance requires the installation of a Level 2 Plug in Electric Vehicle Charging system to 1% of the parking spaces.

Plug in Electric Vehicle Charging Ordinance

Press Release

The ordinance is intended to be a model ordinance that can be used by other jurisdictions in Santa Clara County in adopting their own PEV Charging Ordinance.

On November 14, 2013, the proposed PEV Charging Ordinance was presented to the Cities Association of Santa Clara County. After receiving this presentation, the Cities Association Board adopted a resolution in support of the County’s approach and model ordinance, encouraging each of the fifteen cities to pursue ordinances requiring pre-wiring in new buildings.

Cities Association Resolution

Below are other background materials regarding the proposed Ordinance and proposed outreach schedule and timeline for adoption of the Ordinance.

August 15th HLUET Presentation

The proposed framework for the PEV Ordinance was discussed at the August 15th Housing, Land Use, Environment and Transportation Committee of the Board:


Links to Other Resources

Drive Clean - Plug-in EV Resource Center.

PEV Collaborative - Toolkits and Resource Documents