Residential Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
This page contains information about charging an EV at home in a garage or on an existing driveway. If you lack an off-street parking space, but are interested in home charging, please see our Residential Curbside EV Charging Pilot.
Basic Steps to Charging at Home
- Research the car and the charging specifications.
- Verify that the car and all cords and equipment will be clear of sidewalks and other public right-of-ways.
- Have a licensed electrician assess your electrical system. A dedicated circuit for EV charging may be required.
- Review PG&E's meter and rate options for EVs. Installing a separate meter for EV charging will require recording a "Notice of Limitation on Use of Property" deed restriction with the Alameda County Clerk-Recorder.
- Apply for permits with City of Berkeley. An electrical permit is required. A zoning permit (Zoning Certificate) may be required for outdoor installations.
- Obtain a final inspection from City of Berkeley once permitted work is complete.
- Contact PG&E to set-up rate and/or service. Call 1-877-743-7782.
Installation of residential EV charging stations require a basic electrical permit. A mechanical permit will also be required if the manufacturer’s installation guidelines require mechanical ventilation. When attached to the side of a building, the charging system must be at least 3’ from the property line.
A Zoning Certificate is required for outdoor EV charging station installations that are not attached to a building, and may be required for other outdoor locations if the space where a car will charge is less than 8’ x 18’. Approval of EV charging station location does not change the required legal off-street parking space(s). A charging car or charger component cannot be in the public right of way (i.e. over a sidewalk or at a curb). If it is not possible to charge at your home, see the Residential Curbside EV Charging Pilot for other permitting options.
Permit Application Submittal Requirements: Applicants must submit three (3) sets of legible plans (11”x17”), drawn to scale, or at least fully dimensioned, with the following information:
- Coversheet with project address, owner name, address, phone, and a brief description of project
- Site plan with property lines, driveway, garage or parking space dimensions & clearances of proposed charging station location including location of additional meter, if applicable
- Type of charging station: Level 1/Level 2, with approved product listing agency (e.g., UL) number
- Manufacturer’s specifications, including size (height, width and depth) of charging station, installation guidelines, and, if applicable, ventilation requirements
- Existing main panel rating, subpanel panel ratings, proposed charging load & calculations for stations over 220 volts and/or 40amp
- A single line electrical plan/diagram from the meter to the EV charging station
- If installing a separate meter for your EV, meter must be labeled “EV charging only” and you are required to record a "Notice of Limitation on Use of Property" deed restriction with the Alameda County Clerk-Recorder; submit a copy of the deed restriction with permit
Application Submittal: Most applications can be processed over-the-counter at the Permit Service Center. Call 510-981-7502 for an appointment to submit a completed permit application. If you have questions about submittal requirements, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Permit Fees: Installation of residential EV charging stations require a basic electrical permit and will be subject to minimum plan check fees. An outdoor installation may also require the standard Zoning Certificate fee. Alameda County will charge a deed restriction filing fee for the “Notice of Limitation of Use” if an additional meter is installed.
Inspection: Call 510-981-7444 or go online to: http://www.cityofberkeley.info/BuildingInspections/
Wiring for the Future: Even if you are not currently purchasing an EV or a solar photovoltaic system, consider including EV charging and solar capability when upgrading electrical systems at home by installing conduit or wiring in an area accessible for charging.
Resources and Incentives:
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