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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

  1. Research the car and the charging specifications.
  2. Verify that the car and all cords and equipment will be clear of sidewalks and other public right-of-ways.
  3. Have a licensed electrician assess your electrical system. A dedicated circuit for EV charging may be required.
  4. 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.
  5. Apply for permits with City of Berkeley. An electrical permit is required. A zoning permit (Zoning Certificate) may be required for outdoor installations.
  6. Obtain a final inspection from City of Berkeley once permitted work is complete.
  7. Contact PG&E to set-up rate and/or service. Call 1-877-743-7782.

Permitting Requirements:
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:

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 planning@cityofberkeley.info.

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.

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