New Law: Private Properties Have a Right to Electric Charging Stations
Governor Hochul signed into law this week a bill that will remove barriers to allowing for more electric vehicle charging stations on private property, particularly at a homeowner's private residence.
The bill (S.8518A/A.6165A) will prevent a homeowners' association from prohibiting homeowners from installing charging stations on their private property but allows the association to provide input on the installation process.
"Increasing the adoption of electric vehicles is essential for New York to able to meet emissions goals, but without a robust charging station network, New Yorkers may be discouraged from seeing electric vehicles as realistic alternatives to gas powered vehicles," according to a press release from Governor Kathy Hochul.
The newly signed law requires the denial of a homeowner's application to install an electric vehicle charger to be in writing and contain a detailed description of the reasons for denial. If no written denial is issued to the homeowner within 60 days, the application will be deemed approved unless the delay in approval resulted from the homeowners' association's reasonable request for more information, the release states.