Private power pole on a property

Easements ensure the safety of residents living, working, and playing near powerlines. They help prevent incidents occurring that could cause serious injury or even death.

Easements are also created to provide clear, 24-hour access to infrastructure. It is important to keep easements clear at all times so regular maintenance, line upgrades, damage or technical faults can be attended to immediately.

Activities may still be permitted within the easement area provided that they do not interfere with the maintenance, replacement, repair or safe operation of electricity infrastructure.

Easements can vary in size and width, further information on electricity easements can be found in our Living with Easements fact sheet.

How do I know if there are easements on my property?

You can contact your conveyancer or solicitor or the NSW Land Registry Services regarding further details of easements on your property.

What if there is no registered easement?

In the absence of a registered easement, the Electricity Supply Act 1995 (NSW) gives electricity distributors such as Essential Energy powers to access, maintain and operate its infrastructure. The Act also gives distributors the power to require any structures that cause a safety issue in and around powerlines, to be removed.

Do I need permission to build or undertake activities near electricity infrastructure or within an easement?

Yes, you cannot build or undertake certain activities near electricity infrastructure without written approval from Essential Energy and in some cases there will be restrictions on any development within certain limits. You may need to obtain approval even when there is no registered easement. Essential Energy generally manages these requests in accordance with the guidelines set out in ISSC 20.

It is the responsibility of the landowner to contact Essential Energy to obtain approval for the works.

To request Essential Energy’s approval, call us on 132391.

What happens if there is an encroachment near electricity infrastructure or within an electricity easement on my property?

If you believe this is the case, we ask that you contact us as soon as possible. It’s important to contact us to ensure your safety and the safety the community.

To get in touch with us please call us on 132391.

Electricity easement requirements for developments and for new electrical infrastructure will be determined during the design information process. Read our policy for easement requirements.

Original easement documents for signing by Essential Energy should be mailed to the following address:

Attention: Conveyancing Team
Essential Energy
PO Box 5730

To avoid delays please quote the contestable works project number. Read our procedure for easement documentation for more information about Essential Energy's documentation requirements and associated processes.

Related documents

Electricity Supply Act 1995 (NSW)
ISSC 20 Guidelines for the management of activities within electricity easements and close to electricity infrastructure 
Crown Land Easements information sheet
CEOF6010 - Contestable Work: Design Information Application
CEOF6274A - Requirements for the Connection of Electricity Supply Prior to Easement Registration
CEOF6274B - Creation of Easement Customer Deed
CEOF6274C - Creation of Easement Landowner Deed
CEOF6274D - Creation of Easement Customer Deed (Combined)
CEOF6274E - Creation of Easement Customer Deed (5.1.2)
CEOF6496 - Creation of Easements: For Services
CEOF9090 - Solicitors advice that easement has been created
CEOF9091 - Advice for Suitability of Easement Documentation
CEOF9097A - Terms of Easement for Overhead Powerlines
CEOF9097B - Terms of Easement for Underground Powerlines
CEOF9097C - Terms of Easement for Multipurpose Electrical Installation
CEOP8046 - Easement Requirements
Release of easement information sheet
Release of easement application form