This bill would require local agencies to, among other things, develop a checklist that includes all of the information required for a complete application for a permit or other authorization to install an electric vehicle charging station within the public right-of-way, as defined. As part of that process, this bill would require local agencies to consider the Electric Vehicle Charging Station Permitting Guidebook from the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. The bill would require local agencies with populations of 250,000 or more to comply with these provisions by January 1, 2027, and local agencies with populations of fewer than 250,000 residents to comply with these provisions by January 1, 2029. The bill would define various terms for these purposes. By imposing additional duties on local agencies, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

Existing law requires the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission) to develop and adopt an investment plan to determine priorities and opportunities for the Clean Transportation Program. As part of the development of the investment plan, existing law requires the Energy Commission, in consultation with the State Air Resources Board, to assess whether electric vehicle charging station infrastructure is disproportionately deployed by population density, geographical area, or population income level, including whether direct current fast charging stations are disproportionately distributed and whether access to these charging stations is disproportionately available, as specified.

This bill would require the Energy Commission to additionally assess curbside charging needs by income level, population density, multifamily housing density, renter density, and geographical area to support equitable overnight charging access and the state’s 2035 electric vehicle adoption goal. The bill would require the commission, as part of the assessment, to identify barriers and solutions to support the installation of curbside charging stations, as provided.