We all rely on electricity to power our homes and businesses, however coming into contact with high voltage electricity can cause serious injury or death.
To protect your safety and provide a safe, reliable network, TransGrid has easements over its transmission lines, which restrict the activities that can be carried out. Easements are also “rights of way”, which allow our staff and contractors access to construct, operate and maintain TransGrid’s infrastructure.
High voltage transmission lines have different safety risks from urban powerlines, and this is why TransGrid encourages the principle of "prudent avoidance". When planning houses, schools, sensitive land uses and other types of development, proximity to existing or planned high voltage transmission lines should always be considered.
Where transmission line easements cannot be avoided, open space uses that do not encourage people to congregate under the transmission lines or close to electricity infrastructure should be given preference over other land uses, such as residential or commercial.
TransGrid has developed the Easement Guidelines to assist you to work out what you can and can't do within TransGrid easements.
You can make an enquiry or apply for TransGrid's permission to carry out an activity within a TransGrid easement via our
Easement Enquiries Portal.
TransGrid's Easement Guidelines set out:
how to find out whether your proposal is within a TransGrid easement;
what can and can't be done within TransGrid easements;
whether your proposed activity or development needs TransGrid's permission; and
the process for seeking TransGrid’s permission prior to carrying out your activity or lodging your development application with a consent authority.
A printable version of the Easement Guidelines is available here.
Seeking TransGrid’s permission before you lodge your development application will help expedite the development application process by ensuring that your proposal meets TransGrid’s Easement Guidelines.
If you do not have TransGrid's permission and undertake a development that is inconsistent with the Easement Guidelines, you may be required to remove it or relocate it at your expense.
Please note that if you have received TransGrid’s written permission under previous guidelines, this permission remains valid.
Some proposals require modifications to existing electricity infrastructure or easements.
You can make a modification enquiry with TransGrid's Infrastructure team at firstname.lastname@example.org or find further information on our website here.
Fact Sheets and Guidelines:
High Voltage Transmission Line Fact Sheet
Electrical Safety Fact Sheet
Subdivision and Development Guidelines
Work Near TransGrid Cables Information Brochure
Landholder and Easement Compensation Guidelines
Easement - Lease Transaction Fact Sheet
If you are uncertain or require further information regarding works in or around TransGrid easements, please contact us via the
Easements Enquiries Portal, or phone:
(02) 9620 0515.