Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Building Codes Division
Electric Vehicle Ready Parking
Effective October 1, 2017, there is established in Oregon a program for providing electric vehicle charging station infrastructure to the new construction of a parking facility. This program establishes mandatory code requirements for building owners or contractors as specified in this rule. Municipalities participating in this program must enforce the requirements of this rule.
As used in this rule:
“Parking facility” means a property or part of a property for which the major occupancy or use is parking spaces for motor vehicles.
“Open parking space” means a defined area that has two or more indicated marked edges and is designed for the parking of a single motor vehicle including spaces designated for accessible parking.
“New construction” means the construction of entirely new structures on a site. Additions are not considered new construction.
Nothing in this rule requires the installation of electric vehicle charging stations in a parking facility.
The program is mandatory within the jurisdictional boundaries of:
The cities of Portland, Eugene, Salem and Gresham; and
The division will maintain and make available a list of all participating jurisdictions.
The program applies to the new construction of parking facilities with 50 or more open parking spaces. Five percent (5%) of the open parking spaces must be available for future installation of electric vehicle charging stations. Fractional numbers derived from this calculation must be rounded up to the nearest whole number.
The program only applies to the following occupancy classifications as specified in the Oregon Structural Specialty Code:
Group B – Businesses;
Group M – Mercantile;
Group R-2 – Residential; and
Group S-2 – Parking garages.
Unless otherwise stated in this rule, electrical installations must be according to the Oregon Electrical Specialty Code.
A parking facility must have a conduit system installed from the building electrical service to the open parking spaces.
The conduit system must be, at a minimum, capable of supporting the installation of electrical wiring for the future installation of electric vehicle charging stations rated “Level 2” (40 amp/3.3 – 6.6 kW) or larger, as specified by the owner.
Any conduit installed for future electric vehicle charging stations must be labeled “For Future EV Charging Stations.” Both ends of the conduit must be labeled for the environment it is located in.
A construction project required to install electric vehicle charging station infrastructure may comply with the rule through one of the following options:
Provide a building electrical service sized for the anticipated load of the electric vehicle charging stations. The building electrical service must have the overcurrent devices necessary for the electric vehicle charging stations, or have adequate space within the service to add the necessary overcurrent devices;
Provide adequate space within the building to add a second electrical service for future installation of service capacity for electric vehicle charging stations. The building official must allow a second electrical service of the same phase and voltage according to Article 230.2 of the Oregon Electrical Specialty Code; or
Notwithstanding section (8)(a) of this rule, designate a location on the property to install a remote service. Potential electric vehicle charging stations served from a remote service location located in or adjacent to a landscaping area may not require installation of conduit. The building owner or contractor should coordinate with the electric utility serving the property to plan for a future service. Installation of conduits in these areas is at the discretion of the building owner or contractor.
Construction documents associated with the construction of a parking facility must show the location of designated parking spaces and any conduits intended for future installation of electric vehicle charging stations.
For the purposes of this rule persons certified to perform electrical plan review or inspection are not required to determine or ensure that the appropriate number parking spaces are designated for future electric vehicle charging stations.
Parking facility requirements do not apply to:
A temporary parking facility that is reasonably expected to be in service for three years or less.
The installation of an electrical supply capacity or conduit system to serve parking spaces that are not open parking spaces. The areas listed below are not considered open parking spaces. Parking spaces:
Reserved for motor vehicles that are inventory.
Reserved for motor vehicles awaiting transport at a port or other transit facility.
Reserved for use by commercial motor vehicles, emergency vehicles, or commercial or farm motorized equipment.
Reserved for use by motorcycles, mopeds, or all-terrain vehicles.[Publications: Publications referenced are available from the agency.]