There are different types of Electric Vehicle (EV) Chargers - 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 do not require a permit from the Building and Safety Division as long as there are not changes to the electrical system to provide the 120 volt receptacle.  Any changes to an electrical system will require a permit prior to commencing work.

  • Level 2 charging systems require a 240 volt electrical circuit.  Level 2 charger installations typically require an electrical permit and inspections of the installation.  You will need to provide some basic information demonstrating electrical service capacity for the added load in order to obtain the permit.

An Electrical Permit is required to install an Electrical Vehicle Charging Station (EVCS).  Technical review will be limited to health and safety issues.  Approval by an association to install an EVCS is not required for permit approval.

Submittal Requirements

  1. A completed application form.  This permit application may be downloaded HERE.  All applications must, at a minimum, include the following information:
    • A site plan and electrical plan with a single-line diagram.  The site plan must be drawn to scale and include full dimensions.  The submitted site plan must include the following:
      • Showing location, size, and use of all structures;
      • Showing location of electrical panel for the charging system; and
      • Showing type of charging system and mounting.  
    • Electric load calculation worksheet
    • Additional information based on response to questions in the checklist (see #2 below)

  2. Conformance with the eligibility checklist for expedited permitting.  Complete and submit the appropriate Eligibility Checklist for expedited review.These checklists have been developed to streamline the permit, installation, and inspection process.  As you complete the applicable checklist, you will be guided as to what plans, documents, or information are necessary.  

Submittal Process

  1. Over the Counter Submittal 
    Permit applications may be submitted to the County of Santa Barbara Building and Safety Division in person at our South County office location at 123 East Anapamu Street, 2nd Floor, Santa Barbara, CA  or at our North County office location at 624 West Foster Rd, Suite C, Santa Maria, CA  Alternatively, customers who have an established revolving account with us for payment of plan check and inspection fees may submit their applications electronically to rmEVCSpermits@countyofsb.org

  2. Plan Review
    Building and Safety Division staff will review your application and submittal information within ten business days.  

  3. Fees
    Fees are adjusted periodically based on the current adopted fee schedule.  Click HERE for information regarding our fees.

  4. Inspections
    Once all permits have been issued and the Electric Vehicle Charging Station is installed, it must be inspected for final approval.  Click HERE for information regarding inspections scheduling with our staff.