State of California
Hydrogen Station Permitting Guidebook



California Governorís Office of Business and Economic Development


Hydrogen Station Permitting Guidebook


The Hydrogen Station Permitting Guidebook is intended to help local jurisdictions and hydrogen station developers navigate and streamline the station development process. It also provides stakeholders with background on hydrogen and fuel cell electric vehicles, Californiaís efforts to accelerate infrastructure development, and insight into the upward momentum of this market since its launch in October 2015. Since then, the market has grown from just 2 retail stations and fewer than 200 vehicles to 46 stations built and opened to drivers with 16 more currently under development, and nearly 8,600 vehicles as of September 1, 2020. In this short time, we have also seen the birth of a nascent medium- and heavy-duty vehicle market, as well as an increase in renewable hydrogen production and supply dedicated for transportation fuel, and a rise in private sector investments.


Published October 2015. The second edition was published in September 2020. An electronic version is available at