Renovating or developing your property, or a client’s property? This is how to get through the planning process efficiently and cost-effectively when you have a high-voltage electricity easement on your land.
We work with you to check that the proposed works and the existing electricity lines can co-exist safely on your property. The priority is to ensure that your friends and family, or tenants, will be safe on the property.
1. Find out if there is an electricity easement on your property, and who maintains it
Determine whether you have an electricity easement on your property. Your conveyancer or property lawyer can confirm this with Land Registry Services (LRS). If your property has an easement, the LRS will tell you who owns the infrastructure. In NSW, there are several electricity networks: the high-voltage powerlines are operated by TransGrid. We will work with you to ensure that the planned renovation or development maintains a safe clearance from powerlines and other network infrastructure.
2. Seek TransGrid’s permission to develop near the powerline
Contact us to secure advice about what you need to supply to TransGrid, and what you can expect from TransGrid. Each development is different, so advice will be specific to your plans.
Based on feedback, we’ve streamlined the enquiry process so you have permission for an easement development before lodging a Development Application (DA) to your local council. This ensures that the process is as efficient as possible, and reduces risk of incurring additional costs to modify your DA. We’ve also reduced the permission response time from over 2 months to under 21 days.
Time-saving tip: Provide site plans in 3D DFX or CAD file formats
Our engineers and network designers need files in 3D DFX or CAD formats to model the proposed development alongside our network. This is done to ensure that there will be no safety or clearance issues on the site as a result of the development.
- 3D DFX (preferred)
- PDF only accepted for very basic easement development proposals.
What is an electricity easement?
An electricity easement is the right held by TransGrid to control the use of your land near above-ground and underground power lines and substations. We hold this right for your own safety and to allow staff to work on the power lines at all times. Easements also exist for telephone lines, water and sewage mains and natural gas supply lines.
Why are easements necessary?
Easements ensure the safety of the residents living, working and playing near power lines. Easements are also created to give TransGrid clear, 24 hour access to the power lines. It is important to keep the easement clear at all times so regular maintenance, line upgrades, damage or technical faults can be attended to immediately.