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New Expedited Electric Vehicle Charger Permitting Process

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On November 15, 2023, the Community Development Department will deploy an expedited OnDemand permitting process for electric vehicle (EV) charger installation permits. 
Applicants are now able to apply online, pay fees, and instantly receive their building permit via email — no staff contact needed. This new OnDemand permit process is available for up to 60-amp wall-mounted EV chargers for single-unit residences and duplexes. 

The City of Santa Barbara is committed to streamlining the permitting process while also finding ways to meet its energy and climate goals through thoughtful policies and programs that make it easier for our community to take sustainable action. Streamlining solar, battery storage and EV charger permits through this OnDemand program will support an energy-resilient Santa Barbara.

Did you know that an OnDemand permit process is also available for:

  • EV charger installation—New! 
  • Like-for-Like Reroofing
  • Water Heater Replacement
  • Electrical Panel Replacement
  • HVAC System Replacements
  • Roof Mounted Solar PV (10kW max) Optional Battery ESS (27kW max).
  • Battery Energy Storage (ESS) to existing Solar PV
  • Underground Gas Service
  • Underground Water Service (excluding permits with a water meter size change)

The OnDemand permits are available using your Accela Citizen Access (ACA) account. Information on how to set up an account is available on our Apply for a Permit webpage.

The Land Development Team thanks you for your help in reducing our environmental impact, and we hope that you enjoy our new electronic service enhancements.