When you plan to build or place a structure near Top Energy or private lines, you must contact our Planning Engineer to ensure you're within safety distances.

The planning engineer will assess the site plans to ensure the proposals comply with the New Zealand Code of Practice 34 – Safety Distances (NZECP 34:2001).

The minimum safe distances differ depending on the voltage of the overhead lines.

Top Energy will advise whether:

  • The proposed building/structure complies with NZECP 34:2001 and construction can proceed without restriction, or
  • Temporary arrangements during construction need to be made, with the prior written agreement of Top Energy, to restrain conductor movement or to provide suitable insulation to allow a closer approach to the conductors, but only during construction. As part of the written agreement, Top Energy may prescribe reasonable conditions for these temporary arrangements; or
  • The proposed building/structure does not comply with requirements and therefore construction is prohibited (and if construction has commenced, must cease immediately).

It may take up to 5 working days to receive a recommendation and you will be advised of any charges that may be incurred.

If you are planning to work within 4 meters of overhead lines, you need to gain written consent from the line owner. For Top Energy Lines, you can apply for consent to Work near power lines (Close approach consent).

Or if you are planning to dig or excavate, you need to apply for a Cable Location to ensure your work is undertaken safely and to avoid any costly damage. You can apply to Locate a cable.

If you require Top Energy Network Maps for planning and design purposes only, email gis.support@topenergy.co.nz

Application for Planning Engineer advice

Company/personal information
Worksite information
Please provide your site plan including elevations of the building showing the power line or cable location, photos of lines and poles in relation to the site, and the intended location of the building.
Close up of concrete power pole with asset number attached
By submitting the Planning Engineer Advice Application form, you are agreeing to comply with the advice and direction given by Top Energy in order to keep you safe and protect the Top Energy Network which includes Close Approach Consent if required.
Work near power lines

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