Electric Vehicle Charging Station on Right-of-Way

Electric Vehicle Charging Stationsis an installation that supplies electric energy for the recharging of electric vehicles, such as plug-in electric vehicles, including electric cars, neighborhood electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. In New Orleans, these may only be permitted in the right-of-way for a residential use. 

Applications to install EV Chargers must be filed by a Class A Electrician, licensed by the City of New Orleans.


  • The sidewalk shall be of sufficient width to accommodate the proposed sidewalk use while maintaining a clear path of travel that is:
    • At least four (4) feet in width on sidewalks of 8 to 10 feet in width.
    • At least six (6) feet in width on sidewalks greater than 10 feet in width.
  • In areas of congested pedestrian activity, the reviewing agencies are authorized to require a wider pedestrian path to ensure the free and proper use of the right-of-way by pedestrians.
  • A clearance of 10 feet shall be maintained between any element of a sidewalk use and a fire hydrant, or fire department sprinkler/standpipe connection.
  • A clearance of 10 feet shall be maintained between any element of a sidewalk use and a public transit pole or CPNC stand.
  • Placement of EV Chargers is restricted to the area immediately adjacent to a dwelling being served and may not project in front of neighboring home/businesses or vacant lots.
  • EV Chargers shall not be located within the corner area of a public right-of-way, which is that area between the curb and the lines created by extending the property lines of the adjacent property being served and the curb.
  • EV Chargers are considered an extension of a dwelling on publicly owned property and any violation of this division shall be attributable to the owner of such adjacent dwelling. 
  • EV Chargers may only be approved as accessory and subordinate uses to dwellings.
  • Eligibility for EV Chargers is limited to the owner or occupant of a dwelling that does not and cannot provide off-street parking on the lot on which the dwelling is situated, in a manner compliant with the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance. 
  • EV Chargers shall be monitored and controlled by the permittee at all times and may only be utilized for private, non-commercial use. Fees, gratuities, or other remuneration may not be received by the permittee for use of the charger. 
  • All improvements associated with the installation, operation, and maintenance of EV Chargers shall be compliant with the adopted construction codes of the City of New Orleans, and certified as compliant by the director of safety and permits.
  • Cords shall be retractable or have a place to hang the connector and cord sufficiently above the pedestrian surface. Any cords connecting the charger to a vehicle shall be configured so that they do not cross a driveway, sidewalk, or passenger unloading area.
  • Issuance of an operating permit for installation, operation, and maintenance of an electric vehicle charger on the right-of-way does not create a private or reserved parking space for the permittee on the right-of-way. A sign must be affixed to the electric vehicle charger indicating that the presence of the charger does not constitute a private or reserved parking space, the dimensions and text of which shall be determined by the director of safety and permits. 
  • The electric vehicle charger shall be removed by and at the expense of the permittee or owner of the associated real property if the owner or permittee no longer owns or resides at the associated dwelling or upon non-renewal or cancellation of the operating permit. If a subsequent owner or renter of the property is desirous of taking possession of the electric vehicle charger for usage purposes, however, he/she must apply for a permit before expiration of the permit.

Approved EV Charging Equipment

  • Equipment shall be certified to UL Standard 2202 by a nationally recognized testing laboratory (such as UL or ETL) and listed and approved for electric vehicle use.
  • Equipment shall comply with Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J1772-2009 standards, or a comparable standard as determined by the director of safety and permits, including safety features between the electric vehicle charger and the electric vehicle. These safety features include, but are not limited to:
    • Ground fault circuit interrupter(s).
    • Proximity detection and signaling.
    • Power may only be supplied from the electric vehicle charger after the device has determined a proper and safe connection between the electric vehicle charger and the electric vehicle.
  • Types of electric vehicle charger authorized:
    • Level 1 Chargers with a power level of 110 to120 VAC and/or up to 20 Amps.
    • Level 2 Chargers with a power level of 208 to 240 VAC and/or up to 100 Amps.
    • Level 3 Chargers and Fast DC Chargers with a capacity of up to 50kW.
  • Power shall, under no circumstance, be provided to an electric vehicle parked on the right-of-way via extension cord that is run from a dwelling across a sidewalk and to the right-of-way. Such configuration constitutes a public nuisance and is in violation of the city's adopted construction codes.


  • Application fee: $100.00
  • Initial issuance permit fee: $300.00
  • Annual renewal permit fee: $100.00
  • Permit transfer fee (if you sell your home or move and the next resident wishes to keep the charger): $300.00 

Required Documents

  • Sidewalk Use Application
  • EV Charger Application
  • A plan on 8 1/2" X 11" paper or in digital format. This plan does not need to be to scale, but had to show exact dimensions of entire sidewalk abutting the property. This plan must include an outline of the area to be occupied by the sidewalk café, a-frame sign, or display, as well as all existing encumbrances with measurements on the public way including, but not limited to, parking meters, fire hydrants, bike racks, light poles, and trees. A written narrative may accompany the plan.
  • Photographs depicting the proposed site where the sidewalk use will be implemeted and the relationship between the proposed sidewalk use and the surrounding public right-of-way.
  • Images, renderings, or photographs of the installation to be utilized as part of the requested sidewalk use.
  • Insurance: A permittee shall maintain an insurance policy that covers any risk for any injury or damage resulting from the installation, operation, and/or maintenance of the electric vehicle charger, and the property owner shall agree to indemnify and hold the city harmless from any claims arising from the installation, operation, and/or maintenance of the electric vehicle charger to the extent permitted by law. 

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