Municipal Programs

Streamlined permits for EV charging

Row of EV chargers on the street.

Reducing complexity to increase EV adoption

Making convenient charging stations widely available when and where drivers need them is critical. However, the permitting process for installing charging stations has varied widely across the state which has caused delays in installing more charging stations built. In response, the State of California passed AB 1236, which requires all cities and counties to develop an expedited, streamlined permitting process for all levels of charging stations.

To ensure full compliance with AB 1236 throughout our service area, EBCE has been providing technical assistance to our local government partners to make it easy for charging station developers to apply for permits.

A simplified permit process enables you to

EBCE is recognized for its technical assistance

To ensure full compliance with AB 1236 throughout our service area, EBCE has been providing technical assistance to our local government partners to make it easy for charging station developers to apply for permits.

In 2019, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) recognized EBCE with its first ever ZEVe Award for going above and beyond in our efforts to streamline permitting for charging stations.

“Success with permit streamlining can only take place by bold and determined action at the local level, and this award seeks to honor those trailblazers.” — GO-Biz

GO-Biz maintains the EV Charging Station Permitting Streamlining Map, which tracks AB 1236 compliance statewide. This map also links to each community's streamlined permitting process in EBCE’s service area.

A fleet of EV cars charging