{{ propApi.closeIcon }}
Our industry
Our industry $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Economic research and forecasting Economics Housing outlook Tailored market research Economic reports and data Inspiring Australia's building professionals HOUSING The only place to get your industry news Newsroom
Business support
Business support $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Become an apprentice host Hire an apprentice Why host an HIA apprentice? Apprentice partner program Builder and manufacturer program Industry insurance Construction legal expenses insurance Construction works insurance Home warranty insurance Tradies and tool insurance Paperwork gone digital Contracts Online HIA Tradepass HR Docs SafeScan - managing workplace safety Planning and safety services Building and planning services How can HIA Safety help you? Independent site inspections Trusted legal support Legal advice and guidance Professional services Industrial relations
Resources & advice
Resources & advice $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Building it right Building codes Australian standards Getting it right on site See all Building materials and products Concrete, bricks and walls Getting products approved Use the right products for the job See all Managing your business Dealing with contracts Handling disputes Managing your employees See all Managing your safety Falls from heights Safety rules Working with silica See all Building your business Growing your business Maintaining your business See all Other subjects COVID-19 Getting approval to build Sustainable homes
Careers & learning
Careers & learning $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
A rewarding career Become an apprentice Apprenticeships on offer Hear what our apprentices say Advice for parents and guardians Study with us Find a course Get your builder's licence Qualifications Learn with HIA
HIA community
HIA community $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Join HIA Sign me up How do I become a member? What's in it for me? Get involved Become an award judge Join a committee Partner with us Get to know us Our members Our people Our partners Mates Rates What we do Mental health program Charitable Foundation GreenSmart
Awards & events
Awards & events $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Awards Australian Housing Awards Awards program National Conference Industry networking Events
HIA products
HIA products $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Shop @ HIA Products Digital Australian Standards Contracts Online Shipping and delivery Purchasing terms & conditions
About Contact Newsroom
$vuetify.icons.faTimes
$vuetify.icons.faMapMarker Set my location Use the field below to update your location
Address
Change location
{{propApi.title}}
{{propApi.text}} {{region}} Change location
{{propApi.title}}
{{propApi.successMessage}} {{region}} Change location

$vuetify.icons.faPhone1300 650 620

Building near power lines

The information presented here will help you understand the regulations and guidelines in place regarding building near power lines.

Are you building near electricity infrastructure?

Before preparing your plans determine if the land is affected by electricity infrastructure such as above and below ground power lines or other energy infrastructure or easements. This information can usually be found on a survey plan or the Certificate of Title. Greenfield and rural areas have extensive networks of high-voltage electricity lines, which may exist near new residential subdivisions. 

What planning rules apply?

If you intend to carry out building work near underground (within 2m) or overhead power lines (within 5m), electricity easements (even if no electricity infrastructure exists) or immediately adjacent to an electricity substation, clause 45 of State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007 (Infrastructure SEPP) requires the local council to notify the electricity supply authority of the proposal. 

The electricity supply authority will provide comments to the council about any potential impact or risks from the proposed development. The local council is required to take into consideration any comments it receives within 21 days of notice being given. 

What happens if my development is affected?

The local council will include any requirements made by the energy authority when it decides on a planning application. This may include requirements to set the development back from the power lines or restrict part of the site from certain non-compatible uses. 

If your development will increase demand for electricity it may require the provision of a new kiosk substation and the creation of an easement over the land to allow the electricity supply authority access to maintain the substation. You will be required to arrange for the electricity supply authority to access the site to install a substation or other infrastructure. A legal easement with the electricity supply authority will need to be executed prior to occupation of your development. 

Dial before you dig

Before you begin construction work you should check the location of any underground services using the Dial Before You Dig service.

Overhead Power Lines 

For work near overhead power lines, you should familiarise yourself with the requirements of the SafeWork NSW Work Near Overhead Power Lines: Code of Practice. A risk assessment must be performed. 

In particular, be aware of clearance distances and exclusion zones required and of recommended controls where these distances cannot be maintained. You may be required to make arrangements with the electricity supply authority for installation of safety features to the adjacent poles and wires – for example, Tiger Tails, which cannot currently be installed by Authorised Service Providers (ASPs).

To assist with site planning and risk assessment, many of the supply authorities have been collaborating on a new digital mapping tool called Look Up and Live, which is available as an app for Android and Apple. 

Further information on the specific requirements for each electricity supply authority can be found at the following: 

Transgrid  – 1800 222 537 (All NSW)

AUSGRID13 13 65 (Sydney metro east, Central Coast and Hunter)

Endeavour Energy13 37 18(Sydney metro west, Blue Mountains and Illawarra)

Essential Energy13 23 91(Regional NSW, including Coffs Harbour, Wagga Wagga and Bega) 

You are encouraged to contact the relevant energy authority early in the design stage if proposing to build near their assets. 

To find out more, contact HIA’s Planning and Environment team.

Email us

Share with your network:

More articles on:

{{ tag.label }} {{ tag.label }} $vuetify.icons.faTimes
Find guides, how-tos, resources and more

Contracts Online 


The industry’s go-to digital platform. 

No matter the size of the job, a watertight building contract is critical to protect your business, and the current climate presents a great opportunity to go digital with your contracts.

Take me there

HIA Tradepass


HIA TRADEPASS takes the hassle out of collecting and verifying contractor business information and registrations. Developed by HIA specifically to suit the needs of residential builders.

  • Save time and money – get on site quicker
  • Less time on paperwork and more time building

Take me there