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Minimum safe distances for working near overhead lines or power poles are set out in the New Zealand Electrical Code of Practice for Electrical Safe Distances (NZECP 34).

  • All work activity must be kept at least four metres from overhead network lines. If you need to work closer to our overhead lines you must get a close approach consent.

  • Do not dig within five metres of one of our power poles without a close approach consent.

  • Depending on the depth of excavations, you may need additional pole supports to prevent poles collapsing. We can advise you and may provide supervision in some cases.


You'll also need a Close Approach Consent if any strategic network underground cables or pipes are shown on maps you have requested. We will notify you if onsite advice will be provided and arrange for the appropriate Close Approach Consent to be issued.
To get a Close Approach Consent call 0508 VECTOR (0508 832 867).
Request underground plans via where work to overhead lines also requires excavation work.