There are around 1000 privately-owned power poles with associated powerlines in the ACT. If you have a private pole on your property, you are legally responsible for its maintenance and safety.
Evoenergy inspects all poles up to the metering point. It is the responsibility of the lessee or property occupier to ensure that poles beyond the metering point are inspected and kept in serviceable condition, unless there is a contractual arrangement between Evoenergy and the property owner that states otherwise.
Learn more about your responsibility in maintaining a private power pole below.
Proper maintenance ensures a reliable power supply and reduces the risk of electrocution and bushfires. If Evoenergy becomes aware that safety standards of private power poles are not being maintained, we have a responsibility and legal right to disconnect the electricity supply.
Is my power pole private?
A private power pole will generally have a yellow Private Pole tag attached and/or be marked with a number starting with "P". Each pole will also have an identifying number that must not be removed.
However, a pole may be a private pole even if it is not marked and they can be difficult for non-professionals to identify. The vast majority of unmarked poles in urban areas are owned by organisations such as the ACT Government or universities. Evoenergy attaches yellow private pole signs to those private poles not currently marked to assist in their identification, as they become aware of them. This marking does not include private poles owned by organisations.
If you are uncertain if your pole is privately owned, ring Evoenergy on 13 23 86 for help.
In the meantime, please seek advice from a qualified electrical contractor if you need assistance.
How do I maintain a private power pole?
Have your poles regularly inspected and maintained by qualified electrical contractors (check the Yellow Pages as a starting point). This will prolong the period before a pole requires more substantive maintenance.
Keep the base of your poles clear of vegetation and clutter. This will contribute to the life of the pole and assist in the inspection process.
Ensure trees on your property are well clear of powerlines.
Check for obvious line defects such as broken crossarms, leaning poles, missing nuts and bolts, wires too close to the ground, strands of wire, loose or damaged insulators, broken or damaged pole stay-wires, and arrange repairs immediately with a qualified electrical contractor.
We recommend that you check the extent to which your insurance covers pole replacement, or loss or damage caused by defective private poles or lines.
Do not use a whipper-snipper or similar device around underground cables terminating on a pole. Using these devices around the base of the pole can also remove the galvanising, which may significantly reduce the life of the pole.
Do not attempt to repair private powerlines or poles yourself. ALWAYS use a qualified electrical contractor.
How Evoenergy can help you
Evoenergy offers fee-for-service line inspection, testing and maintenance services for private powerlines and poles.
Evoenergy is not responsible for testing or maintaining private poles or powerlines past the metering point. This is your responsibility. However, if, in the process of inspecting Evoenergy-owned assets, we become aware of a defective private powerline or pole on your property we will notify you.
For more information read our private powerlines and poles factsheet or contact Evoenergy on our general enquiries number 13 23 86.