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Electric Vehicle Service Equipment & Charging Stations

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.

Apply for Permits

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

Submittal Requirements:

Submission Process:

Follow the instructions below for submitting your application materials. 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 Request for Overtime Plan Check form above). 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 the project is ready for corrections, a single report of corrections and deficiencies will be provided.


Ready to get started? First, make sure you are registered and activated at our Online Permit Center. For instructions, please visit our Planning & Building Video Tutorials webpage.


Once we receive your application and have created it in our system, we will review your plans. If your plans require corrections or if we need further information, we will contact you. If your plans are approved, we will contact you to issue your permit. For the latest processing estimates, please see our Average Permit Processing Turnaround Times webpage.

Call (510) 238-3891 or email us via our Permit Questions Portal.

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