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Electric Vehicle Ordinance

The City of Carlsbad’s Climate Action Plan seeks to increase the amount of zero-emission vehiclemiles traveled by 2035. In pursuit of this goal established by the Climate Action Plan, the city has adopted an electric vehicle ordinance which requires the installation of electric vehicle chargers or prewiring in certain projects requiring a building permit.

Why did Carlsbad pass this ordinance?

In 2011, as part of the Climate Action Plan development process, the City of Carlsbad conducted analysis on sources of citywide greenhouse gas emissions, which showed that 39 percent of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions come from cars and trucks. In 2015, the city adopted its Climate Action Plan which included a goal to increase the amount of zero-emission vehicle miles traveled from 15 percent to 25 percent of total vehicle miles traveled by 2035. This ordinance supports this goal by providing zero-emission vehicle parking and electric vehicle charging in all new nonresidential construction. The measures included in this ordinance align with the requirements of the California Green Building Code and have been proven to be cost-effective when compared to a later retrofit.

Who is required to comply with this ordinance?

All new nonresidential construction will need to include electric vehicle charging capabilities as part of their project.

What are the requirements of this ordinance?

The electric vehicle ordinance requires new nonresidential projects to have:

  • 10 percent of parking spaces, or a minimum of one space, must be electric vehicle capable.
  • 50 percent of the electric vehicle capable spaces, or a minimum of one space, must be equipped with electric vehicle charging stations.

When does this ordinance take effect?

The ordinance takes effect on April 11, 2019. Projects that meet the ordinance criteria and have not applied for a building permit by the effectiveness date will be subject to its requirements.

Additional Resources

  • Carlsbad Climate Action Plan - The City of Carlsbad has developed a Climate Action Plan to help the city meet state goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the community’s goal of promoting a sustainable environment.
  • City of Carlsbad Electric Vehicle Ordinance Cost Effective Analysis - This cost effectiveness analysis supports and justifies the proposed local ordinance by demonstrating that the building industry, building owners and occupants will not be unduly burdened because of the ordinance.
  • Plug-In San Diego - Provides advisory assistance for multifamily housing properties and workplaces with charging equipment siting and works broadly to increase public awareness of electric vehicle benefits.
  • Power Your Drive - Power Your Drive provides low-cost electric vehicle charging stations for apartments, condos and workplaces to increase charging accessibility and promotes making the switch to an electric vehicle.
  • Clean Vehicle Rebate Project - Clean Vehicle Rebate Project provides rebates to individuals, nonprofits, government entities and business owners for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and plug-in hybrid light-duty vehicles.
  • Electric Vehicles: Tax Credits and Other Incentives - A database within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy website providing information about federal and state tax credits and other incentives.

1 A zero-emission vehicle is a vehicle that emits no tailpipe pollutants from the onboard source of power. Zero-emission vehicles include electric vehicles, fuel cell vehicles, and plug-in hybrids, when in electric mode.