Finding underground pipes and cables
It’s important that you or a specialised locating service (please note that this will incur a cost) mark out the locations from underground plans before you start, and always carefully hand dig to expose pipes and cables. Hitting an underground gas pipe or electricity cable can lead to serious injury or death.
Before you dig, contact beforeUdig first for free plans.
Digging near power cables and gas mains
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 other underground utilities are first. You can do this by contacting beforeUdig.
BeforeUdig organises for underground utility owners, including Powerco, to send you free plans of where the gas pipes, electricity cables and other underground services are. We will need 48 hours before you start work to provide the electricity and gas underground plans to you.
Landscaping, fencing, re-piling, tree planting, driving in pegs or waratahs, installing drainage.
Landscaping, fencing or drainage work. If you’re roadside grazing or haymaking, take care driving in waratahs.
Laying or constructing underground assets, working on roads, erecting poles or signs, building or demolishing.
Always have plans before you excavate but don’t rely on plans alone as services can shift underground.
Make sure underground services are located and marked out by using a service locator business (please note that this will incur a cost).
Always carefully hand dig first to expose cables and pipes. Hitting an underground gas pipe or electricity cable can cause serious injury or death.
If you can’t find Powerco cables and pipes, call us for help on 0800 769 372
Close Approach Consent when digging
If you’ll be digging within 5m of power poles and their supports, transformers, switch boxes or other electrical equipment, you’ll need a Close Approach Consent (think of this as a permit). You'll also need a consent to dig within 2m of underground electricity cables and pipes. We’ll send someone to assess your site and issue the permit to do the work near our assets. We need at least five days notice. Your permit can apply for up to a week.
Standover requestIf you’ll be digging near strategic gas pipes or electricity cables, we’ll send one of our field crews to observe and advise your team while the work is being carried out. These assets are marked ‘strategic’ on the plans we send after you contact beforeUdig, and you’ll need to have a copy of them when you apply. Consents and standovers are provided free of charge. We need at least five working days notice.
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