It's important you're always aware of overhead lines and keep safe when working near them.
If you hit an overhead line there's a real risk of electrocution, explosion, flash over or fire.
If you're going to be working closer than four metres to lines, poles or power boxes, you'll need a Close Approach Consent. We'll need a minimum of two business days to process your application.
This is a legal requirement set down by New Zealand Electrical Code of Practice – NZECP 34:2001 Electrical Safe Distances.
If building or extending your house, you may need to put the power underground if it's too close to overhead lines.
The minimum distance between the building and the lines depends on the voltage and can be found under NZECP 34:2001.