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

Would your business like to install electric vehicle charging stations?

Driving an electric car in the Bay Area reduces about 70% of the greenhouse gases produced by a conventional car and eliminates toxic air pollutants from the tailpipe. Supporting electric vehicles, and other low-carbon vehicles and fuels, advance our community's Climate Action Plan.

If your Berkeley business would like to encourage electric vehicle adoption in our area by installing charging stations in your parking lot, please contact Sarah Moore in the Office of Energy and Sustainable Development, at 510-981-7494, about participating in our new Pilot Program. See below for an overview of the program or click here to download a flyer version of the Non-Residential Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) Charging Station Pilot Program Guide.

How it Works

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

Application Requirements

Pilot Program applicants must initially submit a completed Pilot Program Application and Questionnaire, site plans, and manufacturer's PEV 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 PEV 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, PEV charging stations approved through the Pilot Program may continue operating, consistent with Pilot Program requirements.

General Requirements

Accessibility Requirements

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

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).

Program Documents:

Resources and Incentives:

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