Charger Installation Permitting Guidelines

Residential Guideline for Electrical Vehicle (EV) Charger Installation
Thank you for considering the use of electricity as an alternative fuel source for your next vehicle. The purpose of this guideline is to assist homeowners and contractors in streamlining the permitting and installation process for home EV Charging Stations

Chargers and permitting

There are 2 basic types of EV chargers for home use: Level 1 and Level 2. Level 1 chargers are smaller units that plug directly into a standard 120 volt receptacle outlet. These types of chargers typically require a longer period of time to recharge the vehicle. As long as the receptacle outlet being used to plug-in the Level 1 charger already exists, there is no requirement to secure a permit from the Building and Safety Division. On the other hand, if you will be installing a new 120 volt receptacle outlet for the charger, you will need to obtain a permit – but you will not need to provide any plans or electrical load calculations as would be required for the more powerful Level 2 type charging systems.

A Level 2 EV charging system requires 240 volts and charges the vehicle much faster than a Level 1 charger. Level 2 charger installations require a permit from the City. In order to obtain the permit you will need to provide the City with some basic information to show that your existing electrical service can handle the added load. If a service upgrade is necessary, please contact the Utilities Department for the required “meter spot” report.

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What information do I need to provide the City in order to obtain the permit?

The City of Anaheim has developed this “EV Charger Installation Guideline” in order to streamline the permit and installation process. In most cases, you or your contractor merely need to fill-in the blanks on this document, attach the manufacturer’s installation instructions and charger specifications, and submit it to the Building Division for an over-the-counter review and permit issuance. If all of the information is provided and the proposal complies with the applicable codes, the review and approval process will only take a few minutes.

Once the permit is issued the installation may begin. Upon completion of the installation, an inspection will need to be scheduled to inspect the work performed. The inspection request will need to be scheduled through the Anaheim Building Division and is requested and scheduled by the customer. Inspections are typically performed on the work day following your request for inspection. Please keep in mind that someone will need to be present during the inspection so that the Building Inspector can access the location of the EV charger, which is typically located in the garage. Approval must also be granted by the Utilities Department for the EV charger installation.

Additional permit considerations

Installing a Level 2 EV charging system often requires changes to building wiring and Utility electric services. Before installing charging equipment and associated infrastructure, talk to your EV manufacturer for information about what you need to charge your vehicle. If separate Contractors are used for the infrastructure wiring and the EV installation, separate permits will be required for each portion.

Finding an electrical contractor

When installing your EV charger, be sure to use a licensed electrical contractor whose license is current for electrical work. The contractor shall follow the guidelines of the manufacturer and all necessary Code requirements. When mechanical ventilation is required for the EV charger, an additional mechanical permit will be required.

Why is your electric utility concerned about your EV charger installation?

Although an individual Level 2 EV charger may have a negligible impact on the Public Utilities electric system, the combined effect of several EV chargers in the same area could result in overloads on Utility secondary wires and transformers. It is crucial that the City of Anaheim be notified of any Level 2 charger installations to ensure the Utility electrical system components are adequately sized to maintain high levels of service reliability. For more information, please contact the City of Anaheim’s Public Utilities Department at 714-765-7438. This information can also be accessed on the Public Utilities webpage at or you can visit Public Utilities Electrical Engineering, located on the 7th floor at 201 South Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA. 92805.

Level 2 Electrical Vehicle Charger - Service Load Calculation 


: Review the list of electrical loads in the table and check all that exist in the home (don’t forget to include the proposed Level 2 EV Charger). For each item checked, fill-in the corresponding “Watts used” (refer to the “Typical Usage” column for wattage information), then add up all the numbers written in the “Watts Used” column. Write this number in the “Total Watts Used” box at the bottom of the table.