Do I need a permit to install a Level 2 EV charger?
October 17, 2022
Yes, most cities require a permit to install a Level 2 EV charger. You’ll want to ensure that your installation is correctly permitted for the following reasons:
Your family’s safety: Permits ensure the installation meets building code and safety requirements. Level 2 EV chargers are the highest load electrical appliance in most households. They can draw up to 11kW per hour (~4x the load of AC units), presenting a major safety risk if not installed correctly.
Home insurance: Without a permit, your homeowners insurance may deny your claim in the event of an accident.
Rebate eligibility: If your utility provider or AQMD offers rebates for Level 2 EV charger installation, you will need to provide proof of permit approval to receive the rebate.
How do I file for a permit?
Treehouse can file a permit with your city or you can do so directly. Permit applications vary by municipality, but usually requires the following:
A load calculation with panel rating, charging load, and circuit size
A site map with the location of electrical panel and charger location
An electrical single-line-diagram (SLD) for the new circuit
A spec sheet with charger technical specifications and installation requirements
How much do permits cost?
Total permit cost ranges from $200-1000 depending on city. This typically includes:
Municipal application for the city to review and approve the permit
Permit preparation for drafting the permit application materials
Courier fees if the permit must be physically submitted
Inspection if an electrician must be physically present for city inspection