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Electricity and Gas Easements are important because they benefit both Vector and landowners by:
Protecting a landowner’s safety by formally recording the location of the gas and/or electricity reticulation equipment on their property title.
Allowing us to access your property so that we can legally operate, maintain or replace our equipment.
Easements are required to allow Vector owned gas and electricity equipment to be installed and to remain on private property and to provide us with essential ongoing access and maintenance rights to that equipment.
Vector owned equipment means equipment installed by us as part of our work supplying customers with electricity or gas, e.g. pits, poles, lines, cables, fuses and transformers, gas pipes, gas measurement systems, distribution systems and fittings and all other associated equipment
Private property includes privately and jointly owned roads in subdivisions, Council local purpose reserve land and Crown land.
Equipment installed on private property before 1 January 1993
For electricity and gas equipment installed on private property prior to 1 January 1993, we have existing use rights (which is a statutory right contained in the Electricity Act 1992) and do not usually require an easement UNLESS we need to install new equipment; then we will require an easement over all new equipment together with any existing equipment because it may no longer be protected by way of statutory rights.
We will advise a customer when an easement is required – either for new or existing electricity equipment. Where an easement is required, the obligation to grant an easement will form part of your contract with us.
We have standard easement terms which grant us sufficient rights to access your property to inspect, operate and maintain our equipment.
To register an easement, following installation of equipment, either we or the customer will organise a survey plan (depending on our contract together) which shows the area that will be granted to Vector for our easement. A legal document called the ‘easement instrument’ is then prepared by our legal team and sent to your solicitor. The registration of the easement on your property title will be processed by us together with your lawyer.
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