New Regulations: EV Charging Readiness for New Residential Buildings
Access to charging at home is a key factor in the decision to purchase an electric vehicle (EV). The City recognizes that over time the majority of electric vehicle charging will mainly occur at home, rather than ‘at work’ or ‘on the go’. As such, equipping new residential buildings with the capacity for electric vehicle charging at a level where a full charge can easily occur during the evening and overnight hours is prioritized and is key in supporting the transition to zero-emission vehicles in New Westminster.
It is also much more cost-effective to provide EV charging infrastructure when a building is constructed, rather than retrofitting a building afterward to the same level of EV service capacity. Given that new buildings have a lifespan of several decades or more, it is prudent to put in place electrical infrastructure that will enable an expected shift to zero-emission vehicles over time.
Starting April 1, 2019, all new buildings that contain at least one residential unit will be required to install a Level 2 (208 to 240 volt) energized outlet to the residential parking spaces.
Note that the addition of a new secondary suite within an existing single detached home does not require the addition of an energized outlet.
While visitor parking stalls are also excluded from this requirement, the City’s updated Development Permit Area (DPA) guidelines recommend that provision of EV charging infrastructure also be considered for visitor spaces in multi-unit developments.
These requirements were adopted by City Council on October 1, 2018, and are now part of Section 100 of the Zoning Bylaw.