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The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered all residents to shelter at home, leaving only to receive or provide essential services, starting 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17. See details of the Order, frequently asked questions, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health at https://www.cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus.

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The City of Berkeley web site is undergoing scheduled maintenance starting on Friday night, September 13 and ending on Saturday afternoon, September 14. During this time, most web pages should be available, but some resources may become unavailable for short periods of time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 5/9/19, at 7:00pm? Please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UAnZ8kU8EWllREyOY7rwQ/. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

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Home Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations  

Find information here about charging an electric vehicle (EV) in a garage, parking space or on an existing driveway at a single-family home or duplex.Electric Car Icon   

If you lack an off-street parking space, but are interested in home charging, please see the Residential Curbside EV Charging PilotFor EV charging at a multifamily building, please see Commercial and Multifamily Charging Stations.

Basic Steps to Charging an EV at Home

  1. Research the car, its charging specifications, and your driving habits. A standard 3-prong, 120 V outlet, with the charging cable provided with your vehicle, may meet your home charging needs without installing a 240 V Level 2 charging station.
  2. Have a licensed electrician assess your electrical system. A dedicated circuit for EV charging may be required.
  3. The car and all cords and equipment must be clear of sidewalks and other public right-of-ways when you charge at home. 
  4. An electrical permit is required for EV charging station installations and electrical systems upgrades. Obtain a final inspection from City of Berkeley once permitted work is complete. 
  5. Review PG&E's meter and rate options for EVs and contact PG&E to set-up rate and/or service. If installing a 240 V Level 2 charging station, PG&E requires an application, available through PG&E's Customer Connections Online or by calling 877-743-7782. More information on PG&E's process can be found here.

Permitting Requirements:
The City of Berkeley offers an expedited, streamlined permitting for the installation of EV charging stations in accordance with Chapter 19.15 of the Berkeley Municipal Code and AB 1236 (Government Code Section 65850.7).  

The EV Charging Code Compliance Checklist provides the submittal requirements for installing EV charging stations.

The installation of a home EV charging station in a garage, parking space, or driveway at a single-family home or duplex only requires an electrical permit. No plans, manufacturer's specification sheets, zoning review or plan review are required for permitting. However, manufacturer's specifications sheets for the EV charging station must be available at inspection.

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 to submit an Electrical Permit Application for a home EV charging station. Any documentation should be brought to the PSC in an electronic format. A licensed contractor can use Permits Online to receive an EV charging station permit online.

Inspection: Inspections may be scheduled through Permits Online, or by calling at (844) 216-2170 or (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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