Look up and know what's below
Whether you're doing DIY around the house, using digging equipment, or working on the farm, it's important to stay safe around overhead lines and underground cables and pipes.
safety around overhead lines
Treat power lines as live at all times. Keep yourself and any equipment at least 4m away from overhead lines - electricity can jump to your equipment and you.
Know what's below - safety around underground cables and pipes
If you’re doing any type of digging in the road, roadside or within properties, you must find out where underground electricity cables, gas pipes and underground utilities are first. Always locate these before doing any kind of earthworks:
Mark out locations from plans before you start and always hand dig first to expose pipes and cables.
beforeUdig is a free online service that will send you detailed plans of where underground cables and pipes are located. beforeUdig will need 48 hours before you start work to provide the information to you.
Consent to work near assetsIf work on your site will be close to overhead lines or underground cables or pipes you need to let us know by filling in the form below, so we can ensure you’re working safely.
Close approach consent
If you’ll be working within 4m of overhead lines or digging within 5m of electrical or gas equipment (underground cables or pipes, poles, transformers or switch boxes) you’ll need a close approach consent. We’ll send someone to assess your site and issue the permit to do the work near our assets. Your permit can apply for up to a week.
Stand over request
If you’ll be working near strategic gas or electricity assets, we’ll send one of our field crew to observe and advise your team while the work is being carried out. These assets are marked ‘strategic’ on beforeUdig plans and you’ll need to have a copy of them when you apply.
Consents and stand overs are provided free of charge. We need at least two working days’ notice.
Over-height load permits
If you’re transporting a high load, you need to apply for a permit so we can check that your travel routes and plans are safe.
If your load is over 5.5m high charges may apply for a contractor to escort your load, or for planned outages to be arranged to ensure your load is kept clear of overhead lines. (If a planned outage is required your transport date may need to change so affected customers can be notified in advance).
You’ll also need to notify Chorus and UltraFast Fibre (email@example.com) about your high load because fibre cables may be on power poles too. Find more information about overdimension load requirements on the NZTA website.