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After buying an EV, the next important question should be – how to safely install your level 2 EV charger.   In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to find licensed installers and why obtaining the necessary permits and undergoing inspections are critical steps for a safe and compliant Level 2 EV charger installation.

Using a Licensed Electrician

Know the code:

Electrical installations are subject to a variety of local, state, and national electrical codes. Licensed electricians are knowledgeable about these regulations and ensure that your EV charger installation complies with all relevant codes. This compliance is critical not only for safety but also for maintaining the validity of your home insurance and the warranty on your EV charger.

Put Safety First:

While you might be handy and like DIY projects, installing an EV charger can be dangerous.  Electrical installations involve serious risks like fire hazards or electrical shocks if not done correctly. Licensed electricians have the training and expertise to handle high-voltage wiring safely, ensuring that the installation complies with safety codes and regulations.

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Getting a Permit:

Obtaining permits ensures compliance with local standards, minimizing the risk of electrical hazards and ensuring proper disposal of materials to maintain environmental stability.

Prepare the Necessary Documentation:

Typically, you will need to submit several documents to obtain a permit. These may include:

 

Detailed Plans of the Installation:

This includes the type of EV charger, its location, wiring diagrams, and how it will be integrated into your home’s existing electrical system.
Electrician’s Information: Some jurisdictions require information about the licensed electrician or contractor who will perform the installation.

Proof of Ownership:

You may need to show that you own the property where the installation will occur.
Submit Your Application: You can usually submit your permit application and accompanying documents in person at your local building department, though some jurisdictions also allow online submissions. There will be a fee, which varies by location.

Inspection:

Once your permit application is approved and the installation is completed, an inspector from the local building department typically needs to inspect the installation to ensure it conforms to the electrical codes and the details provided in the permit application. The inspector will look at the wiring, the breaker panel, and other safety features.

Protecting Property Values:

Insurance Considerations:

Having the proper permits and inspections may be a prerequisite for homeowners’ insurance coverage. In the event of an electrical issue related to the EV charger, insurance claims may be jeopardized if the installation lacked the necessary permits and approvals.

Property Resale Value:

A documented and code-compliant EV charger installation enhances the resale value of a property. Prospective buyers are likely to be more confident in a home with a properly permitted and inspected EV charging system.

Facilitating Utility Connections:

Grid Integration:

Utility companies often require evidence of a permitted and inspected installation before granting permission for the connection of the EV charger to the electrical grid. Compliance with local regulations streamlines the process of grid integration.

Preventing Overloads:

Inspections help ensure that the electrical system can handle the additional load of the EV charger. This is crucial for preventing overloads, maintaining grid stability, and avoiding disruptions to power supply.

Community and Municipal Support:

Positive Community Impact:

A permitted and inspected EV charger installation demonstrates a commitment to safety and compliance with local regulations. This fosters positive relationships within the community and garners municipal support for sustainable practices.

Avoiding Penalties:

Failure to obtain the necessary permits and inspections may result in fines and penalties. By adhering to the proper procedures, EV owners can avoid legal repercussions and contribute to the positive development of sustainable energy practices.

Worried about permitting and inspection?  Don’t worry – Emporia has you covered!  Click here to receive a free estimate that includes the cost of permits and inspection and be connected with an Emporia certified installer to take care of it for you!

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