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Close Approach Permit

Minimum safe distances for working near overhead lines or power poles are set out in the New Zealand Electrical Code of Practice for Electrical Safe Distances (NZECP 34).  If you are working around any Counties Power electrical assets, you must adhere to the requirements outlined below and be issued with a Close Approach Permit. 

HOW TO ARRANGE A CLOSE APPROACH PERMIT

To request a Close Approach Permit, please call 0800 100 202 and  hold to speak to one of the customer services team.   Alternatively you can visit the Counties Power office at 14 Glasgow Road, Pukekohe to speak with one of our network controllers during the hours of 7:30am - 4pm.  

When is a close approach permit required?

A close approach permit will be issued on request, to the person who is responsible for the work activities undertaken on site when one or more of the following work activities involve: 

  • Any work activity, including the use of mobile plant, that encroaches within 4 m of any overhead network line;
  • Excavation or other interference with the land near any pole or stay wire if:
    • The excavation is greater than depth of 300 mm and within 2.2 m of the pole or stay wire; or
    • The excavation is greater than depth of 750 mm and between 2.2 - 5 m of the pole or staywire; or
    • The excavation is within 1.5 m of any underground cable;
    • The excavation has the potential to create an unstable batter.
  • Excavation or other interference with the land near any tower if:
    • The excavation is greater than depth of 300 mm and within 6 m from the outer edge of the visible foundation of the tower; or
    • The excavation is greater than depth of 3 m and is between 6 - 12 m from the outer edge of the visible foundation of the tower; or
    • The excavation creates an unstable batter.
  • Any works that fall within the minimum safe distances for working near overhead lines or power poles as set out in the New Zealand Electrical Code of Practice for Electrical Safe Distances (NZECP 34).

For any work that you are undertaking that falls into one of the categories above, a Close Approach Permit is required.  If you are unsure, please phone 0800 100 202 and request information about a close approach permit.  

 

 

Safety Observers

Counties Power requires a dedicated safety observer for all works undertaken when mobile plant is within 4 m of Network overhead line or when works are being undertaken near critical Counties Power electrical equipment such as sub-transmission lines, substations, critical underground cables etc.  

Counties Power may elect to provide a safety observer free of charge.  Based on the type of work and criticality of the assets around which the works are being undertaken, and will be determined as part of the Close Approach Permit application process.  

Engaging the services of Counties Power to provide a safety observer does not indemnify the requestor of any liability, and Counties Power accepts no liability for any damages to assets resulting from the works undertaken. 

 

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