Development Services

Electric Vehicle Charging Station (EVCS)

The City of Long Beach through Ordinances ORD-16-0026 and ORD-19-0031 (herein referred to as “LBMC Chapter 18.76”) adopted an expedited and streamlined electric vehicle charging station (EVCS) permitting process that complies with Sections 65850.7 and 65850.71 of the California Government Code to achieve timely and cost-effective installations of EVCS and related supply equipment or system. The LBMC Chapter 18.76 encourages the use of EVCS by removing unreasonable barriers, minimizing costs to and expanding the ability of residents and businesses to install EVCS. The City intends to achieve these goals while protecting the public health and safety.

The permitting process for the design and installation of EVCS and related supply equipment to one- and two-family dwellings, multi-family dwellings, and/or nonresidential buildings or sites depends on a variety of factors such as, but not limited to, the type and quantity of EVSE to be installed, the type and amount of related equipment to support the EVSE, the location and type of building or site where the installation will occur, etc. Simple EVCS design and installation may avoid a detailed plan review and a streamlined electrical permit issuance may be granted through the Express Permit Service. All other types of EVCS design and installation may require a detailed plan review and must be processed through the Submitted Plan Review Service.

The application submittal requirements, the type of plan review that may be required, the cost related to review and/or permit the installation, and the inspection process are presented below.


The following words and terms used herein are defined in the California Building Standards Code as CBC Chapter 2, CGBSC Chapter 2, and/or CEC Article 625. They shall have the following meanings:

  • Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger. Off-board charging equipment used to charge an EV.
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Space (EV Space). A space intended for future installation of EV charging equipment and charging of EVs.
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Station (EVCS). One or more EV Spaces served by EV Charger(S) or other charging equipment allowing charging of EVs. EVCS are not considered parking spaces (for building code purposes).
  • Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE). The conductors, including the ungrounded, grounded, and equipment grounding conductors and the EV connectors, attachment plugs, and all other fittings, devices, power outlets, or apparatus installed specifically for the purpose of transferring energy between the premises wiring and the EV.

PERMITTING PROCESS FOR EVCS

OVERVIEW:
Simple EVCS design and installation for 1 or 2 EVSE with limited electrical scope of work to existing one- and two-family dwellings, multi-family dwellings, and/or nonresidential buildings or sites may avoid a detailed plan review and a streamlined electrical permit issuance may be granted through the Express Permit Service.


EXPRESS PERMIT SERVICE:
Simple EVCS design and installation that meets the criteria of one of the 3 express permit checklists (FORM-019, FORM-037 or FORM-038) referenced herein may qualify for the Express Permit Service.

Review the express permit checklist appropriate for your type of EVCS installation and complete all the questions. If the responses to all the questions are “Y”, then your project may qualify for this service and the issuance an electrical permit issuance may be processed on the same day of your scheduled visit to the Permit Center. If there is an “N” response to any of the questions, simple EVCS installation may still qualify for permit issuance upon further review over-the-counter by one or more of the following plan review staff: Planning, Building, Fire and/or Electrical.

Refer to Information Bulletin IB-049 Permitting Process for EVCS for any other additional information.


FILING AND SUBMISSION REQUIREMENT:
Request to install EVCS and related equipment starts with the filing and submission of a completed permit application, plot plan, and one of the 3 express permit checklists to the Permit Center by appointments.

Download, complete and sign the following documents prior to the time of the appointment:

  • APP-012 Express Electrical Permit Application;
  • FORM-028 Plot Plan; and
  • FORM-019 Express Permit Checklist for One- and Two-Family EVCS; or
  • FORM-037 Express Permit Checklist for Multi-Family Dwelling EVCS; or
  • FORM-038 Express Permit Checklist for Nonresidential Dwelling EVCS.

PERMIT FEE:
The only applicable fee is for an express electrical permit. An express electrical permit may be issued for the installation of EVCS for a total electrical permit fee of, including all applicable surcharges and filing fees, $193.32. The electrical permit fee covers up to 3 electrical equipment installation (e.g., 2 EVSEs and a panel upgrade in the case of one- and two-family dwellings) and all required electrical inspection services. All fees will be collected at the time of electrical permit issuance.

Where simple EVCS design and installation require an over-the-counter plan review, an addition plan review fee may be applicable.


APPOINTMENT:
Appointment for Express Permit Service can be made at the following location: longbeach.gov/appointment/permit-center

OVERVIEW:
All other EVCS design and installation will require a detailed plan review and must be processed through the Submitted Plan Review Service.


SUBMITTED PLAN REVIEW SERVICE:
For all other EVCS design and installation that do not meet the express permit checklists referenced above, then the need for a detailed plan review will be required. Construction documents will be required to be submitted for plan review to verify that the project meets the latest edition of the CEC, CEEC, CGBSC, CBC, CFC and LBMC.

Construction documents should include, but not limited to, the following information:

  • General
    • Drawn to scale;
    • Quality blue or black line drawings with uniform and light background color;
    • Maximum 36” x 48” size with minimum ⅛ inch lettering size; and
    • Sticky back details must produce prints without contrasting shades of background color.

  • Title Sheet
    • Address of property;
    • Name, address, phone number of the property owner;
    • Name, address, phone number and license number of the person responsible for the EVCS system design;
    • Codes applicable to the project;
    • Occupancy and use of the facilities; and
    • Narrative description and scope of the proposed work.
  • Site Plan Sheet
    • Location and name of structure(s) on the site;
    • Property lines, streets, lot dimensions, north arrow, the distance from property lines to structures and the proposed EVCS equipment;
    • Dimensioned parking improvements, driveways, etc.;
    • EVCS equipment, main electric service panel, disconnects and overcurrent protection locations;
    • Underground conduit locations and routing; and
    • Location of additional meter, if applicable;

  • Floor Plan
    • Plan view of the location of the proposed EVCS and related equipment, including the use of the space or area where the EVCS will be installed;
    • All applicable electrical plan related requirements of CEC Article 625 are shown or specified on the plan;
    • All accessibility requirements prescribed by the CBC are shown and fully specified; and
    • Detailed and specific plan of all related proposed work.

  • Single-Line Electrical Diagram
    • List and label all EVCS supply equipment;
    • Conductor and conduit size, type and location;
    • Size of the over current device (circuit breaker) supplying the EVCS;
    • The size and location of the main electric panel, distribution panels (sub panels), overcurrent protection, disconnects, additional meters, and EVCS equipment;
    • The type (level), voltage and ampacity for each EVCS; and
    • All equipment labeling requirements per CEC 625.15.

For additional information that may be required on the construction documents, please visit longbeach.gov/lbds/building/plan-review-service.


FILING AND SUBMISSION REQUIREMENT:
Request to install EVCS and related equipment starts with the filing and submission of a completed permit application, plot plan, and construction documents to the Permit Center by appointments.

Download, complete and sign the following documents to be submitted at the time of the appointment:


PLAN REVIEW AND PERMIT FEE:
Plan review and permit fees may be applicable for all other EVCS design and installation that do not qualify for the Express Permit Service.  Plan review fees will be collected at the time the construction documents are submitted for plan review and permit fees will be collected at the time of permit issuance.


APPOINTMENT:
Appointment for Submitted Plan Review Service can be made at the following location: longbeach.gov/appointment/permit-center

For EVCS design and installation as part of new construction development projects, please refer to Information Bulletin IB-050 EV Charging for New Construction for additional information.

Following permit issuance, Applicants should schedule an inspection to verify that the installation of the EVCS and related supply equipment are properly installed in accordance with the latest edition of the CEC, CEEC, CGBSC, CBC, CFC and LBMC. The job inspection card and approved construction documents, where applicable, shall be at the site for inspection at all time. Access is required to all elements of the installation at the time of the requested inspection. Approval will be granted upon final inspection of the EVCS.

OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION

SCE utility approval to begin the grid connection process is a separate and distinct approval process from the City's EVCS permitting process. Applicants should involve SCE early in the planning process to understand the timeline for interconnection and delineation of responsibilities. This include providing SCE with notification or obtaining approval where a new, upgrade, relocated, or dedicated electric meter is required prior to or part of the EVSE installation.
AB 1236 (Chiu, 2015), codified in Government Code Section 65850.7, requires all California cities and counties to develop an expedited, streamlined permitting process for electric vehicle charging stations (EVCS). The law was developed to further the availability of charging infrastructure to help drive the deployment of zero emission vehicles—the faster charging stations are deployed, the sooner California’s air quality improves, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, and local economic benefits are captured.

AB 970 (McCarty, 2021), codified in Government Code Section 65850.71, builds on AB 1236. The City is limiting EVCS project review to health and safety requirements. Applicants should communicate with City staff to ensure application compliance with building, electrical, accessibility, and any health and safety requirements from the California Electrical Code (CEC), California Energy Code (CEEC), California Green Building Standards Code (CGBSC), California Building Code (CBC), California Fire Code (CFC), and the Long Beach Municipal Code (LBMC).

AB 1100 (Kamlager-Dove, 2019), codified in Vehicle Code Section 22511.2, permit charging spaces to count as standard parking spaces for the purpose of complying with minimum zoning parking requirements. Accessible charging spaces with an access aisle count as two standard parking spaces. 

Civil Code Section 4745: limits a homeowner association’s ability to prohibit or restrict the installation of an EVCS by a member.

Civil Code Section 1947.6 (residential) and Civil Code Section 1952.7 (commercial): tenants have the right to install EVCS and landlords must grant permission under specified circumstances.