Electric Vehicle Resources
In December 2022, The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and ComEd announced 16 Illinois communities, including Deer Park, will receive training and assistance in a new Electric Vehicle (EV) Readiness program. Funded in part with a $225,000 commitment from ComEd, the EV Readiness program will help municipalities streamline policies, meet the growing demand for EVs and charging infrastructure, and implement best practices for safe and effective regional transportation electrification.
"EV Ready Community” designation is expected by Fall 2023. During the coming months, Deer Park will strive to:
- Review and update relevant zoning requirements;
- Create and distribute a charging station permit process checklist;
- Train staff on permitting and other EV topics;
- Share electric vehicle public education; and
- Track key metrics.
EV Charger Installation Permitting
The Village of Deer Park is committed to providing exceptional customer service in processing building permits, and that includes permits for EV charging stations. To promote the continued advancement of EV charging installations in our community, we offer the following:
- The EV Charging Station Process Guide[VC1] with helpful tips for your submittal.
- The EV Permit Submittal and Plan Review Checklist[VC2] for EV charging station permitting and inspection processes.
- The EV Charging Station Permit Application for Residential and Commercial Properties.
- EV Charging Station permits can be applied for by mail or in person.
- The permit processing time for residential EV charging stations is 10 business days. Please note that the permit process does not start until the permit fee and required plans and documents are received.
- Residential EV charging station permit fees have a flat rate of $195.00.
- Commercial, Industrial and Multi-Unit Residential EV charging station permit fees are $12.00 per $1,000.00 of scaled construction cost and the cos of the review.
- A EV Charging Station Inspection Checklist[VC3] is available for review.
- EV Charging Station inspections are performed by B&F Code Services.
- Inspections must be scheduled with the Village 24 hours in advance.
- The inspection is initially scheduled for either an AM or PM timeframe.
- The individual scheduling the inspection must provide their contact information.
For additional information on EVs, visit the following links:
EV and EVCS Safety Information
Maintenance and Safety of Electric Vehicles - US Department of Energy, Alternative Fuels Data Center
Electric Vehicle Charging Safety Tips - FEMA, US Fire Administration
Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) EV Charging Station Certified Installers - Vendors that install EV charging stations should be certified by the ICC. (Reference: 220 ILCS 5/16-128A)
EV Charging Station Locations
The US Department of Energy's Alternative Fueling Station Locator - Find EV charging stations in Deer Park, Illinois, and across the country.
Plugshare's Interactive Map - Find publicly available charging stations and download the mobile app.
Consumer Resources on EVs and EVCSs
US EPA's video on How Plug-In Vehicles Work - Video from the United States Environmental Protection Agency on EVs.
Find Used EVs – on MyEV.com
Electric Vehicles for Consumers - Information from the US DoE, Alternative Fuels Data Center
Register your EV with ComEd to help the utility assess your electric service needs.
Find the right electric rate.
Grants and Rebates
Illinois EPA EV Vehicle Rebate Program - Rebate information when purchasing an EV.
Federal Tax Credit for Vehicles - Use the federal government’s federal tax credit tool to learn about the credit amount available for various EV makes and models. The maximum credit is $7,500 for new vehicles and up to $4,000 for used vehicles.
New and Used Clean Vehicle Tax Credits, Energy Saver webpage - This Department of Energy webpage describes the new and previously owned clean vehicle tax credits. The page includes a checklist to determine if a vehicle is eligible for either credit. You may also want to contact a tax professional.
Federal Tax Credit for EV Charging Equipment - Residents who purchase qualified residential charging equipment may receive a tax credit of 30% of the cost, up to $1,000. Find out more at the above website, or consult a tax professional.
Learn more about EVs
ComEd's EV Smart Page - Provides information and resources on owning an EV.
Plug In America - Provides additional information on EVs.
Drive Electric - Provides information from the U.S. Joint Office of Energy and Transportation.
Explaining Electric & Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles - Provides information from the US EPA.
Green Vehicle Guide - Provides additional information from the US EPA.
Please note Parking Regulations per Illinois Vehicle Code (ILCS 625 ILCS 5/11-1308)
A person may park only an electric vehicle in an electric vehicle charging station space designated for use by electric vehicles.