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You must ensure that structures such as garages and extensions to houses and buildings remain well clear of overhead lines.
The New Zealand Electrical Code of Practice for Electrical Safe Distances (NZECP 34) sets out minimum distances allowed between any new buildings and overhead lines. The minimum safe distances differ depending on the voltage of the overhead lines - see the table provided below. If you need to build closer to overhead lines on a private property they may need to be placed underground. A specialist contractor can do this – call us for advice on 0508 VECTOR (0508 832 867).



Minimum safe distances from buildings to overhead lines


"D" (distance)

Minimum distance beneath powerlines

"D" (distance)

Minimum distance to side of powerlines

Not exceeding 1kV 4m 3.5m
Exceeding 1kV but not exceeding 11kV 5.5m 5m
Exceeding 11kV but not exceeding 33kV 7m 8.5m
Exceeding 33kV but not exceeding 110kV 7.5m 9.5m
Exceeding 110kV Refer to table 2 NZECP34

Please also refer to the below safety guide which you can download to help you and your crews work safely:
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