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Webinar: Permitting and Site Selection Strategies for EV Charging Infrastructure

Feb. 13, 2024

Presentation slides

The Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (Joint Office) hosted part one of a two-part webinar series on zoning, regulations, and permitting considerations for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure on Feb. 13, 2024. Part two covered Navigating Zoning and Building Codes for EV Charging Infrastructure.

Presenters spoke about their on-the-ground experience with EV charging site selection and discussed approaches to streamline permitting processes for construction and installation of EV charging infrastructure.

The panelists included:

  • Emily Kotz, Project Leader at National Renewable Energy Laboratory

  • Courtney Ferguson, Director of eMobility at OWL Services

  • Alisha Lopez, Executive Director of the Southeast Florida Clean Cities Coalition and Board Member of Drive Electric Florida

  • Roy A. Eden, Building Official, Permitting Services Division, City of Orlando

Key takeaways

  • When implementing EV infrastructure, follow best practices to ensure a smooth permitting process. Best practices include creating a customized checklist tailored to requirements needed to install chargers and submitting permit applications in a timely fashion.

  • There are three types of EV permits, including zoning, electrical, building, and fire.

  • Stakeholders can improve EV permitting by standardizing the application and inspection forms, staying consistent with compliance requirements, and standardizing the review process.

  • Including plans for site safety, the plans of the building in which you are planning to build, and the electrical plans tied to your chargers can speed up the permitting process.