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AB-965 Building standards: electric vehicle charging infrastructure. (2021-2022)

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Date Published: 06/29/2021 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  June 29, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 965


Introduced by Assembly Member Levine

February 17, 2021


An act to amend Section 18941.10 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to building standards.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 965, as amended, Levine. Building standards: electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
Existing law, the California Building Standards Law, establishes the California Building Standards Commission within the Department of General Services. Existing law requires the commission to approve and adopt building standards and to codify those standards in the California Building Standards Code. Existing law requires the commission to adopt, approve, codify, and publish mandatory building standards for the installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure for parking spaces in multifamily dwellings and nonresidential development. Existing law requires the Department of Housing and Community Development to propose to the commission for consideration mandatory building standards for the installation of future electric vehicle charging infrastructure for parking spaces in multifamily dwellings and submit the proposed mandatory building standards.
This bill would require the Department of Housing and Community Development and to, when considering proposed building standards for future electric vehicle charging infrastructure in existing multifamily dwellings, consider whether electric vehicle charging standards shall only apply to multifamily dwellings or during the time of construction activity requiring a building or electrical permit in order to minimize the cost of installing infrastructure, and whether to require up to 20% of parking spaces in existing multifamily dwellings to support future installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The bill would require the commission, by July 1, 2024, or the publication of the next interim California Building Code, whichever comes first, to research, develop, and propose building standards regarding the installation of future electric vehicle charging infrastructure for parking spaces for existing multifamily dwellings and nonresidential development, as specified. The bill would also require the Department of Housing and Community Development and the commission to review the standards for multifamily dwellings and nonresidential development every 18 months to update the standards as needed pursuant to that review.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 18941.10 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

18941.10.
 (a) (1) The commission, commencing with the next triennial edition of the California Building Standards Code (Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations) adopted after January 1, 2014, shall adopt, approve, codify, and publish mandatory building standards for the installation of future electric vehicle charging infrastructure for parking spaces in multifamily dwellings and nonresidential development.
(2) (A) For purposes of paragraph (1), the Department of Housing and Community Development shall propose mandatory building standards for the installation of future electric vehicle charging infrastructure for parking spaces in multifamily dwellings and submit the proposed mandatory building standards to the commission for consideration.
(B) When considering proposed building standards for future electric vehicle charging infrastructure in existing multifamily dwellings, the Department of Housing and Community Development shall consider both of the following:
(i) Whether those standards shall only apply to multifamily dwellings or during the time of an addition, alteration, demolishment, repair, or other construction activity requiring a building or electrical permit in order to minimize the cost of installing the infrastructure.
(ii) Whether to require up to 20 percent of parking spaces in existing multifamily dwellings to support future installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
(b) The Department of Housing and Community Development and the commission shall research, develop, and propose for adoption building standards, including thresholds below which the standards would not apply, regarding the installation of future electric vehicle charging infrastructure for parking spaces for existing multifamily dwellings and nonresidential development in the California Building Standards Code (Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations) on or before July 1, 2024, or in the next interim code cycle, whichever is sooner.
(c) (1) In proposing and adopting mandatory building standards under this section, the Department of Housing and Community Development and the commission shall use Sections A4.106.6, A4.106.6.1, A4.106.6.2, A5.106.5.1, and A5.106.5.3 of the California Green Building Standards Code (Part 11 of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations) as the starting point for the mandatory building standards and amend those standards as necessary.
(2) In proposing and adopting mandatory building standards under this section, the Department of Housing and Community Development and the commission shall actively consult with interested parties, including, but not limited to, investor-owned utilities, municipal utilities, community choice aggregators, electric vehicle and electric vehicle supply equipment manufacturers, local building officials, commercial building and apartment owners, labor unions, and the building industry.
(3) The Department of Housing and Community Development and the commission shall review the standards for multifamily dwellings and nonresidential development every 18 months to update the standards as needed pursuant to that review.