Interested in an Electric Vehicle?
Los Angeles Has the Advantage
Los Angeles has a remarkable competitive advantage in the race to be the electric car capital of the world. We own our electric utility – the largest municipal utility in the country – and we run building & safety permitting and inspections. As such, we are uniquely positioned to meet the needs of EV owners in permitting and inspecting home charger installations. Thanks to collaboration between LADWP and the Department of Building and Safety, we have streamlined the permitting, inspection and meter installation process for electric vehicle owners in the city of Los Angeles.
At the opening of the 2010 LA Auto Show, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and First Deputy Mayor and LADWP General Manager Austin Beutner announced the City is offering instant online EV home charger permitting approval and expedited charger inspection and meter installation through a utility program that will help residential electricity customers go from permit to plug-in for home electric vehicle chargers in under 7 days, provided the customer’s electrical system can support the charging requirements.
A home charger is essential for EV owners but the “Level 2” charger, which is fast and also ideal for overnight charging, requires light construction for installation. Approvals and inspections for installation can easily become mired in bureaucratic red tape – but not in LA, where we have worked to make the process as immediate as possible so EV buyers can plug in and go. Permits can be obtained instantly at PermitLA and the City will inspect the installation within 24 hours of request.
In Los Angeles, we enable our residents to embrace clean technology. Learn more about the LA EV Advantage: