We want to keep you safe while you're working near the electricity assets on our network.

How close is too close? 

For safety reasons, close approach approvals are required for:  

  • all work within four metres of overhead and underground lines or cables 
  • excavating within five metres of a power pole 

Close approach approvals apply to all works including tree trimming by hand. 

Remember: You must hand dig within two metres of strategic cables. You must not use mechanical excavation. 

How long does it take to get approval?

Contact us before you start work and allow up to four working days for close approach requests.

We'll contact you once we've received your application to let you know if you have approval and if on-site advice is required or if our mark-out service will be provided. 

Close approach forms