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CLOSE APPROACH CONSENTS


IT TAKES TIME TO ARRANGE THESE SERVICES, SO PLEASE CONTACT US WELL IN ADVANCE:


For Close Approach Consents
 

  • Working day means Monday to Friday and excludes national and regional public holidays. \

    • Where a request for a Close Approach Consent is received later than 2.00pm on any working day, the below timeframes will commence on the next working day:

    • at least two (2) working days for reference maps

    • up to four (4) working days for standard, non-technical requests.

    • up to twenty five (25) working days may be required for non-standard, technical requests

  • Expiry date of any issued Close Approach Consent: unless an earlier expiry date is stipulated in the Close Approach Consent, all issued Close Approach Consents will expire on the same expiry date stated on the relevant dial B4UDig plans.

  • Standover costs are provided by Vector at no charge for sub transmission (subtrans) electrical cables and strategic gas pipes only. Standover costs associated with all other underground cables and pipes will be charged to the customer. Subtrans cables and strategic gas pipes are indicated as such on the requested reference maps.

  • Vector does not supply mark-out services. 

  • Any cable, pole, overhead line relocations, or isolations due to safety reasons, may be quoted and charged to the contractor/customer before work commences.


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).
 

  • Request underground plans from B4UDIG 0800 248 344 or apply online at beforeudig.co.nz when performing any excavation work.

  • Request overhead plans of Vector’s electrical network from 0508 VECTOR (0508 832 867) when performing any excavation work near any electrical overhead lines or any other work above ground but near overhead lines.  

  • A Vector Standover may be required by you if any subtrans electrical cables and/or strategic gas pipes are shown on the maps you have requested. If any subtrans electrical cables and or strategic gas pipes are shown on the maps you have received, you must contact Vector 0508 VECTOR (0508 832 867) to determine whether onsite advice and/or a Standover will be provided, and to arrange if required.

  • All work activity must be kept at least 4 metres from overhead network lines. This 4 metre rule applies to both sides, beneath and above the overhead network lines. If you need to work closer that 4 metres to our overhead lines you must obtain a Close Approach Consent. (Contact 0508 VECTOR (0508 832 867))

  • Do not dig within 5 metres of a Vector power pole or within 12 metres of a tower 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. Additional costs may apply.

  • Tools and or accessories and or construction aides, such as scaffolding must not extend beyond the MAD (Minimum Approach Distance). The measurement of the MAD should also include inadvertent movement that may occur.

  • In the absence of any stated expiry date in the issued Close Approach Consent, the validity of that issued Close Approach Consent will have an expiry date of any issued Close Approach Consent unless an earlier expiry date is stipulated in the Consent, all issued Close Approach consents will expire on the same expiry date stated on the relevant dial B4UDig plans.

  • In order to fully understand and acknowledge the details of the issued Close Approach Consent, the recipient of the issued Consent must be able to either read and speak English or have a suitable translator present when the Close Approach Consent is issued   

  • Unless circumstances indicate otherwise, Close Approach Consents will be issued to the site supervisor or work team supervisor. It is expected that the site supervisor or work team supervisor ensures that the details of the issued consent are fully communicated, fully understood and accepted by everyone who works on the site to which the consent applies, including subcontractors and digger operators.


To obtain underground plans call B4UDIG 0800 248 344 or apply online at beforeudig.co.nz.

To obtain overhead lines plans call 0508 VECTOR (0508 832 867).

To obtain a Close Approach Consent call 0508 VECTOR (0508 832 867).