The New Zealand Electrical Code of Practice for Electrical Safe Distances (NZECP34) requires written consent from the line-owner when you:

  1. Undertake work within 4 meters of overhead lines including the use of mobile plant
  2. Undertake excavation within 5 meters of power poles or their supports to a depth of 500mm or more
  3. Intend to erect, construct or install a building or object within the safe working distances set out in the NZECP34
  4. Undertake harvesting of forestry or woodlots near overhead lines

We will contact you to arrange an on-site safety planning meeting with you, or your site supervisor, prior to starting any work requiring consent. This is a requirement of our consenting process to discuss the proposed work and agree on risk controls.

Apply for consent to work near the Top Energy network below.

Working in Alert Level 2

In order to manage the risk to the public and our staff, we will wear face masks while working. This includes any face-to-face interaction with our customers.
Please ensure that when meeting our staff you respect the 2 metre social distancing rule and wear a mask.
If you have cold or flu symptoms, we recommend that you delay applying for a Cable Location. If you have already applied and are feeling unwell, please let us know so that we can postpone.


Repairing lines in storm conditions Ian Delves

Work near power lines (Close approach) application

Company/personal information
Worksite information
Where possible include the Top Energy pole or asset number which can be found as a plate on the pole or asset
Close up of concrete power pole with asset number attached
Must be at least 5 days in the future
Note: Applications with a start date within 5 working days will not be processed.

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