Close Approach


Close Approach refers to the operation of machinery and/or other work in close proximity to Top Energy’s power lines or other electrical equipment to ensure the work is undertaken safely, and to avoid any costly damage to the electricity cables.

REMEMBER! Working close to power lines and other electrical equipment can be dangerous.

The New Zealand Electrical Code of Practice for Electrical Safe Distances (NZECP 34) requires written consent from the line owner when you:

  1. Undertake work within 4 metres of overhead lines including the use of mobile plant
  2. Undertake excavation within 5 metres of power poles or their supports to a depth of 500mm or more
  3. Intend to erect, construct or install building or object within the safe working distances set out in the New Zealand Electrical Code of Practice for Electrical Safe Distances (NZECP 34)
  4. Undertake harvesting of forestry or woodlots near overhead lines

We need a minimum of 5 working days to approve your application. However, some complex jobs may take more time.

There is no application fee. However, if a Top Energy Asset Protection Officer is required you will be charged for their time.

Close Approach Application

Work site Information
Where possible include the Top Energy pole or asset number which can be found as a plate on the pole or asset
Proposed work start / finish dates and times Note: Applications with a start date within 5 working days will not be processed.

Click here to follow link to Safety Distances for Buildings and Structures

In submitting this Close Approach Consent application I, as the applicant, agree that no work will occur outside the Consent dates and times, as stated on the Close Approach Consent Certificate issued.

You must have read, understood and agree to the Close Approach Consent Terms, of this application.

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To download the NZECP 34 Regulations in full click here.