The city of Tacoma is launching a pilot program that will make it easier for property owners to install electric vehicle charging equipment near their homes.

The city’s Planning and Development Services Department is launching the five-year pilot program, which will temporarily lift the Right-of-Way Occupancy Permit requirement for property owners wishing to install charging equipment on curbsides next to their properties.

The program is meant to make it easier for electric vehicle owners with homes lacking driveway or garage space to install equipment to charge their vehicles. The pilot program will be available only for equipment installed on residential streets and will not be available on arterial streets.

“Cars and trucks are the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Tacoma,” said Council Member Ryan Mello in a prepared statement. “Making it easier for residents to own and use electric vehicles is a top strategy to addressing this major challenge. Since most people who drive an electric vehicle charge it at night, making charging capability easier is very important. The pilot program is essential to providing this option for homeowners who may not otherwise be able to charge their car at home.”

The city created a tip sheet to help property owners understand what’s required to participate in the program. Full program details and information on getting started is available online, or people can contact the Planning and Development Services Department at or (253) 591-5030.