Clearance around mini pillars and substations
Keeping ground-mounted utility infrastructure clear of obstructions helps to ensure the safety and reliability of your electricity supply.
Ground level infrastructure includes any surface utility infrastructure such as substations, mini pillars, meters, manholes, the base of power poles, connections, regulators, and so on.
Your surrounding neighbourhood may be severely disrupted for an extended period if there is not clear access to network infrastructure. Urgent access may require removal
of obstructions, which will not be replaced, or severe pruning of vegetation.
Be aware that you may still have legal obligations regarding building and access requirements even if the relevant infrastructure is located adjacent to your block and not within your property’s boundaries. Minimum distances still apply.
It is the responsibility of all landowners and occupiers to ensure there are no interferences to utility infrastructure. If you engage a draftsperson, builder, architect or landscaper, the landowner is still held responsible if they fail to comply with minimum clearance or damage ActewAGL's infrastructure. Make sure they include these checks in your project.
Generally, infrastructure requires at least 1.5-metres clearance.
Plants, shrubs and other obstructions that are too close to substations, mini pillars and meters may interfere with the safe and efficient operation of the electricity network, hinder access and may reduce the reliability of the network.
ActewAGL regularly inspects and replaces power poles and other utility infrastructure, so they must be easy to access with suitable equipment. In most cases, land owners and occupiers must maintain a 1.5-metre clearance around ActewAGL power poles and utility infrastructure on their property.
Apart from boundary fences, all obstructions such as trees, vegetation, garden sheds, compost heaps and chicken pens must be kept away from power poles and utility infrastructure. If there is a hard surface too close to poles and utility infrastructure, you must be able to temporarily remove it for routine inspections. Normal masonry pavers are an ideal hard surface to have near a power pole as you can easily remove and replace them.
You should also regularly check your meters and other utility equipment to make sure they are free from leaf litter, shrubs and hedges as specified by the ACT and NSW Rural Fire Services.
For more information call ActewAGL's technical enquiries number on 6248 3555.
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