Electric Vehicle Service Equipment / Charging Station Permits

Looking to install electric vehicle charging stations at home or as part of a larger project? Oakland's Planning and Building Department is here to help. Please find a project submission checklist and required permit applications below, instructions on how to submit your plans, and further resources on electric vehicle charging for your home or larger project.

Permit Requirements

The Planning and Building Department issues Electrical Permits for the installation of Electrical Vehicle (EV) Chargers. EV Charger equipment that weighs more than 400 lbs with center of mass 4’ above floor level must be anchored per an engineered design.

Submittal Requirements:

Submission Process:

Electrical Permits and Building Permits for EV Charger installations are typically issued over the counter at the Planning and Building Department Permit Center. Permits for more complex installations may take up to 21 days to process. Shorter processing times may be possible if overtime review is requested (see form below). Be sure to complete all applications and provide any additional supporting documents.

EV Charger installations are only subject to administrative review for health and safety requirements. The City of Oakland will not require homeowner association (if present) approval for permit issuance.

Once project is ready for corrections, a single report of corrections and deficiencies will be provided.

Submit Your Application In-Person

Planning and Building Department Permit Center
250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 2nd Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

OR

Submit Your Application Online

For smaller projects serving 1-2 residential units only:

1. Register at Accela Citizen Access (ACA).

2. Submit an application to become an activated ACA user.

3. Once your ACA user account is activated, login and follow the instructions to submit your project application.

For projects serving more than 2 residential units or commercial projects:

1. Register at Accela Citizen Access (ACA).

2. Submit an application to become an activated ACA user.

3. Once your ACA user account is activated, you may submit all required project application worksheets and supporting documents to permitinfo@oaklandca.gov


Questions?
Please contact the Building Permit Counter at (510) 238-3891.