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Electric Vehicle Charging Station Pilot Program Launches

City of Tacoma Launches Electric Vehicle Charging Station Pilot Program


May 14, 2019



Tanisha Jumper, Media and Communications, tjumper@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-5152

Stacy Ellifritt, Media and Communications, stacy.ellifritt@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-2005


City of Tacoma Launches Electric Vehicle Charging Station Pilot Program


The City of Tacoma’s Planning and Development Services Department is launching the Electric Vehicle Charging Station Pilot Program. This is a five-year pilot program that consists of temporarily lifting the Right-of-Way Occupancy Permit requirement for property owners who wish to install electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment at the curbside next to their property. 


The program is intended to serve as a solution to one of the barriers to EV adoption in the city and that is homes lacking driveway or garage space where an EV can be charged. The pilot program will be available for EV charging equipment on residential streets only and is not available on arterial streets.


“Cars and trucks are the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Tacoma. Making it easier for residents to own and use electric vehicles is a top strategy to addressing this major challenge,” said Council Member Ryan Mello. “Since most people who drive an electric vehicle charge it at night, making charging capability easier is very important. The pilot program is essential to providing this option for homeowners who may not otherwise be able to charge their car at home.”


As part of the program the City has created a tip sheet to provide a guide for property owners to find out what is required. For full program details and information on getting started, visit Tacomapermits.org or contact Planning and Development Services at AppServices@cityoftacoma.org or call (253) 591-5030.