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Seattle Proposes Code Changes to Support Electric Vehicle Readiness

Posted on Dec 7, 2018 in:
  • Building Codes
  • Industry Issues
  • Advocacy

As part of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s Climate Action Strategy, the Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) released a proposal that would require power outlets for electric vehicle charging in new development that includes off-street parking (i.e. “EV readiness”).

The legislation would require that a specific number of parking spaces include (pre-) wiring and electrical outlets necessary to be considered “EV ready,” to enable installation of charging equipment/stations. Read the draft ordinance, director’s report, and SEPA determination.

Last spring, your association submitted a letter outlining our concerns with earlier drafts of the legislation and we met with SDCI staff to urge changes to make the initiative less costly and onerous for builders.

Contact External Relations Manager Patricia Akiyama, 425.457.7067, with any questions.

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Photo courtesy Blue Sound Construction, builder; MaKe Design, architect; and Alex Hayden, photographer