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EV Charger Permits in Florida: A Guide

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When you buy an electric vehicle, three questions you need to address quickly are:

  1. How will I charge my new car or truck?
  2. Do I need a separate EV charger in my home?
  3. Is a permit required to install an EV charger?

Rules for residential EV chargers vary from one municipality to the next. Still, most jurisdictions, including Jacksonville and St. Augustine, require a permit when you add wiring or upgrade your home’s electrical panel. However, you don’t have to pull a permit if you’re plugging a 40A charger into an existing 240V outlet, as this option doesn’t require an electrical panel upgrade.

Florida’s EV charger permitting process is designed to ensure local regulatory and safety standards compliance. Before scheduling your EV charger installation, it’s essential to understand your area’s permit requirements to avoid any setbacks or penalties.

David Gray Electrical provides residential EV charging station installation services that make the entire process as seamless and effortless as possible. We’ll help you choose from the dozens of home charging stations on the market and make recommendations based on your specific needs and budget. We also handle all the necessary permits, ensuring your EV charger is installed safely and efficiently.

When you want to enjoy the convenience of charging your electric vehicle at home with confidence and peace of mind, David Gray is the one to call.

Adding a 40A Charger to a 240v Outlet

Add a 40A charger to a 240-volt outlet at your home to avoid the EV charger permitting process. Most U.S. homes have at least two 240v outlets, typically in the garage and the kitchen. You will need a dedicated 240v for your EV charger. If your home is one of the rare ones that doesn’t have a 240v outlet, adding a new one could require upgrading your house’s panel and installing new wiring.

Charging an electric vehicle via a 240v outlet (Level 2 charging) usually takes three to six hours. Vehicles with larger batteries could require 12 hours or more. While there’s no harm in using a 240v volt to charge your EV, you'll need to get a permit if you need to install a new outlet and it requires an electrical upgrade.

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Other Situations That Require Permits

Obtaining a permit for your new EV charger ensures that the installation meets specific electrical and building codes and safety requirements. It also guarantees that your electrical panel and infrastructure can handle the increased demand and prevent strain on the local power grid.

The six general steps for installing an EV charger at home include:

  1. Determining the type of charger you need. Level 2 chargers are the standard for residential properties
  2. Getting the necessary permits
  3. Choosing the charger’s location
  4. Installing a dedicated circuit
  5. Installing the charger
  6. Testing the charger

Choosing a Level 2 charger over a Level 1 model gets you a faster charging rate. For instance, Level 1 chargers typically provide a range of 10 to 20 miles for each hour of charging. A Level 2 charger can fully charge an EV battery in four to eight hours.

Obtaining Permits for EV Chargers in Jacksonville & St. Augustine

Obtaining an EV charger permit in Jacksonville or St. Augustine is not a complicated process — you simply submit an application to your local building permit department. However, letting a professional installer handle this step can save you time and money in the long run, as they have all the technical details for the panel upgrade, including the wiring method.

Why Choose David Gray?

Speed up EV charging at home by having David Gray Electrical install your new EV charger. Our highly rated and friendly licensed technicians can expertly perform the electrical system upgrade your home needs to support fast EV charging and install a top-quality EV charging unit. We’ll also inform you which utilities offer time-of-use rates and whether you qualify for local, state, or federal rebates and incentives.

We provide personalized customer service, upfront and honest pricing, and free estimates on all services. Contact us online or call (904) 605-8190 to learn more!