The Washington County Division of Permits & Inspections has recently made significant updates to the regulations regarding residential construction to cater to the growing need for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. Aimed at promoting sustainability and embracing the future of transportation, the new policy mandates the inclusion of Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE)-Installed Parking Spaces or Electric Vehicle-Ready Parking Spaces in certain residential properties.
Under the updated requirements, all new single-family detached houses, semi-detached houses, duplexes, and townhouses governed by the International Residential Code must now feature at least one designated parking space that is either equipped with EVSE or set up to support future installation of charging equipment. These changes have been implemented to comply with Maryland Public Safety Code Annotated Section 12-205, also known as House Bill 830, which emphasizes the integration of EV infrastructure in new residential developments.
The introduction of this policy showcases Washington County’s commitment to supporting environmentally-friendly transportation alternatives and their determination to create a sustainable future for its residents. By ensuring that residential properties are equipped with electric vehicle charging capabilities, the county hopes to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles and contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
For further information or inquiries regarding the new requirements, individuals are encouraged to reach out to Washington County’s Division of Permits & Inspections directly. They can be contacted by phone at 240-313-2460 or through email at [email protected].
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1. What types of residential properties are subject to the new requirements?
The new requirements apply to all new single-family detached houses, semi-detached houses, duplexes, and townhouses that fall under the regulations of the International Residential Code.
2. What is the purpose of the new policy?
The purpose of the policy is to ensure that new residential properties in Washington County incorporate electric vehicle charging capabilities and support the integration of EV infrastructure in the region.
3. How does this policy align with state law?
This policy is in accordance with Maryland Public Safety Code Annotated Section 12-205 (House Bill 830), which sets guidelines for implementing EV charging infrastructure in new residential developments.
4. How can I obtain further information or clarification on the new requirements?
For additional information or any questions about the new requirements, please contact Washington County’s Division of Permits & Inspections at 240-313-2460 or via email at [email protected].