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Office of Energy & Sustainable Development (OESD)
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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 for EV charging station 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. When attached to the side of a building, the charging system must be at least 3 feet from the property line.

A Zoning Certificate may be required for outdoor EV charging station installations that are not attached to a building or 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 electronic copies of legible plans, 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: In-person and online submittals are available. Most applications can be processed over-the-counter at the Permit Service Center (PSC); call 510-981-7502 for an appointment. All documentation should be brought to the PSC in an electronic format; please see the PSC's paperless policy for details.  Alternatively, a licensed contractor can use Permits Online to receive an EV charging station permit for a single family or duplex online.

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: Inspections may be scheduled through Permits Online, through the automated phone scheduling system at (844) 216-2170, or by phone at (510) 981-7440 (option 1). More information on scheduling inspections is available here.

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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