What are the site requirements?

The site where new Level 2 or DC fast chargers will be installed must meet the following requirements:

  • Be located at a physical site address in Monterey, San Benito or Santa Cruz counties for Level 2 chargers and DC fast chargers.
  • For Level 2 chargers, be an eligible site: commercial (public availability), workplace (public or private availability, must be shared use), multi-unit dwelling (public or private availability, must be shared use), public facility, and fleet (public or private availability, must be shared use), or curbside charging
  • For DC fast chargers, be a publicly available commercial or municipal facility that includes, but is not limited to the following types:
    1. Retail urban/suburban core – a retail store within a business district in which merchandise is sold primarily to consumers.
    2. Retail shopping center – a group of retail and other commercial establishments that is planned, developed, owned and managed as a single property.
    3. Grocery store – a store that sells food and household supplies.
    4. Restaurant – a business where meals and refreshments may be purchased.
    5. Gas station – a retail station for servicing motor vehicles especially with gasoline and oil.
    6. Hospital – a facility providing medical, psychiatric or surgical services for sick or injured persons primarily on an in-patient basis, including ancillary facilities for outpatient and emergency treatment, diagnostic services and training.
    7. Sheriff/police station – Includes storefront police or sheriff substations that serve surrounding communities and adjacent areas
    8. Airport – parking facilities at airports that serve the public are eligible. Long-term parking uses are not allowed.
    9. Hotels - an establishment providing accommodations, meals, and other services for travelers and tourists.
    10. City/County/Privately owned parking lot or garage - an area or structure where the primary use is to leave cars temporarily. City/County office buildings are ineligible.
    11. Library – a building or room containing collections of books, periodicals, and sometimes films and recorded music for people to read, borrow, or refer to.
    12. Casino – a building where gambling games of chance against the house/casino are played. Standalone poker rooms or card halls are ineligible.
    13. Public transit hub - a place where passengers and cargo are exchanged between vehicles and/or between transport modes. Public transport hubs include train stations, rapid transit stations, bus stations, and tram stops.
    14. Residential single-family or multifamily properties are ineligible as site locations regardless of their use as a place of business.
  • Curbside – On-street in public right-of-way along the street frontage of any of the above listed uses. For DC fast chargers, be available 24 hours per day, year-round with the chargers publicly accessible. EV chargers cannot be located behind a fence or in a gated parking lot closed to the public after hours.
  • For both Level 2 and DC fast chargers, be well-lit, secure and in compliance with all federal, state and municipal laws, ordinances, rules, codes, standards and regulations.