Before commencing a building project, check the placement of utility infrastructure residing on, or near your block. This includes projects such as extensions, pergolas, swimming pools, gardens, retaining walls, or scaffolding.
Before you dig
Underground infrastructure such as gas, electricity cables and water and sewer pipes need to be identified by making a free online request with Before You Dig Australia. Before You Dig Australia will pass the referral to the relevant utility services, who send the information to you, generally within two working days.
Locating utility service infrastructure will prevent damages and safety incidents, ensuring your construction project goes to plan.
Minimum clearances and safe access
The minimum clearance distance required from energy infrastructure is generally 1.5 metres. If you build a structure that is too close, or interferes with utility infrastructure, you may have to pay for it to be removed and can face fines.
Evoenergy requires a clearance zone, and safe access to our assets to ensure we can maintain our infrastructure safely and efficiently.|
Infrastructure can include anything from pipes, poles, cables, wires, gas mains, and connection points.
Common interferences involve incidents of blocked access, and buildings being too close or on top of infrastructure.
If you are unsure about the right safe distance, call us on 13 23 86.
Pools and powerlines
If you’re installing a pool or spa, Evoenergy will review the plans as part of the development application. As part of our assessment, we send out an inspector to check the location for electrical assets. This is to make sure your new pool or spa can be enjoyed safely and without the risk of electric shock or electrocution.
The below distances are a guide for pools and spas and must consider the sag of powerlines in warmer weather, and the swing of them in wind.
A minimum of 3.5 metres must be allowed from the edge of the pool or spa to the nearest powerline.
A minimum of 4 metres clearance must be allowed from the edge of the pool or spa to the nearest pole.
Minimum clearances of a swimming pool or spa in the vicinity of a substation will be individually assessed based on the earthing parameters in that location. This distance is typically 15-30 metres.
Please contact us for drawing 3832-020 which refers to the clearance requirements for a swimming pool from electrical infrastructure.
The same rules apply to above-ground pools.
Think outside your block
When building swimming pools or other structures, consider services and substations outside your block; minimum distances and other factors still apply.