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Electric Vehicle Charger (Single-Family) Permit
The on-line permit is available for properties in Sunnyvale with a single-family detached residential zoning district. Zoning district information is available on-line by clicking on E-Zoning.

This permit is available on-line if the new charging equipment is connected to the existing electrical panel/meter. If a separate electrical meter will be installed for the vehicle charger, a permit shall be obtained at the One-Stop Permit Center, City Hall, 456 W. Olive Ave. between the hours of 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.

This permit allows an electrical vehicle charger to be installed. The following are the minimum requirements that must be met based on the 2016 California Electrical code:
       
  • The electric vehicle charging system shall be listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory (i.e., UL) in compliance with UL 2202 “Standard for Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging System Equipment.” (CEC 90.7)
  • The electric vehicle charging system shall be installed in accordance with manufacturer’s guideline and shall be suitable for the environment (indoor/outdoor). If installed indoors, the charging station shall be labeled “Ventilation Not Required” in a location clearly visible after installation. (CEC 625.15)
  • Provide size of the existing electrical panel, existing load on the panel, and proposed load/circuits from the electric vehicle charging system in order to determine if there is adequate capacity in the existing panel. (CEC 220)
  • If installed indoors, the electric vehicle charging coupling (the nozzle) shall be located between 18” and 48” above the finished floor. If installed outdoors, the electric vehicle charging coupling (the nozzle) shall be located between 24” and 48” above the finished grade. (CEC 625.29, 625.30)
  • If the electric vehicle charging equipment is located in an area subject to vehicular damage, an adequate barrier must be installed (e.g. 4” diameter steel pipe filled with concrete, a minimum of 40” above the finished floor/grade, installed in a footing measuring 12” in diameter and 3’ deep). (CEC 110.27)
  • If the project site is in an AE or AO flood zone, the charging equipment shall be elevated or designed according to the flood requirement (SMC 16.62). Flood zone information is available on-line by clicking on E-Zoning.


  • The Electrical Panel Permit is NOT available on-line if you are:
    • If the charger is not located inside a garage/carport.
    • If the circuit for the new charger is not connected to the existing electrical panel and meter.

    Inspections
    • One inspection is required after the new wiring and charger unit is installed. The manufacturer’s installation guidelines shall be available for the building inspector at the job site during the inspection.
    City of Sunnyvale Community Development E-OneStop
    456 W. Olive Ave. Sunnyvale, CA 94086