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Non-Residential Plug-In Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Pilot Program 

Would your business like to install electric vehicle charging stations?

The Non-Residential Plug-In Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Pilot Program offers a pathway for obtaining City of Berkeley permit approval in a fast, coordinated, and low-cost manner.

  • Existing non-residential properties, in commercial or manufacturing districts, with off-street parking lots or structures are eligible to participate.
  • EV charging stations installed by Pilot Program participants will serve existing parking spaces to create dedicated EV charging spaces.
  • In parking lots of over 20 spaces, up to 12% of existing parking spaces may be designated as EV charging spaces. One or two EV charging stations may be installed in smaller parking lots.

Application Requirements

Pilot Program applicants must initially submit a completed Pilot Program Application and Questionnaire, site plans, and manufacturer's EV charging equipment information to Sarah Moore, 510-981-7494. Once these materials have been reviewed and approved by the Zoning Administrator, applicants will need to pay the Zoning Certificate fee (currently $180) and obtain electrical permits (currently $127-$297, potentially more in complex situations). In order to be accepted into the Pilot Program, applicants must agree to complete periodic surveys on their EV charging station use, parking lot activity, and customer feedback. The questionnaire and follow-up surveys will be used to evaluate the impact of this Pilot Program and shape future City policy.

The Pilot Program is accepting applications through December 31, 2015. However, the City of Berkeley reserves the right to alter or suspend the Pilot Program at any time. After the completion or termination, EV charging stations approved through the Pilot Program may continue operating, consistent with Pilot Program requirements.

General Requirements

  • EV charging stations must meet Underwriters Laboratories (UL) requirements and be installed in accordance with the manufacturer's guidelines.
  • Existing non-residential parking lots with more than 20 parking spaces may designate up to 12% of the parking spaces to EV charging spaces through this Pilot Program. In smaller parking lots, one or two parking spaces may be used as EV charging spaces.
  • Except for limited cases to create accessibility, the parking spaces served by EV charging stations must be restricted to use by EVs fueling at the adjacent charging station. These spaces must be designated with signage stating "Electric Vehicle Charging Only."
  • One out of every 25 PEV charging spaces at a site must allow access for persons with disabilities including the first PEV charging space.

Accessibility Requirements

Accessibility at the first EV charging space may be achieved in a variety of ways, but all must allow a disabled user access to the EV charging station as specified by the California Building Code (CBC), Chapters 11B and 11C. Options include:

  • Locating the first EV charging station between an existing accessible parking space (ideally a van-accessible space) and an adjacent EV charging space such that vehicles parked in either space can use the EV charging station. In this case, only the adjacent EV charging space will be dedicated as an EV charging space; the existing accessible parking space will remain dedicated to disabled parking but must have full use of the EV charging station.
  • Creating a striped access aisle on the passenger side of the first dedicated EV charging space that is at least 5' wide and 18' long (and is ideally 8' wide and 18' long). This space provides access to any user, but shall not be dedicated for disabled use or be counted as an accessible parking space to meet CBC parking requirements.
  • Placing the first EV charging station to serve an existing accessible parking space. In this case, the space will remain dedicated to disabled parking and must not be dedicated as an EV charging space. This option would limit use of the first EV charging station to vehicles with disabled plates/placards only.

How to Participate

For more information, to discuss the details of your property, and to receive guidance in completing the required Pilot Program Application and Questionnaire, contact Sarah Moore by email at or by phone at 510-981-7494. Submit required completed documents to Sarah Moore by email, in person, or by mail (2120 Milvia Street, 2nd Floor, Berkeley CA 94704).

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