By law, power can’t be supplied to a new or renovated building until it has passed its electrical inspection.
This can only take place after your electrician has completed the wiring and the associated paperwork. It is the electrician’s job to make sure the job meets the Electrical Safety Regulations and the local Requirements for Electrical Installations, certify the quality and safety of their own work, and to prepare a Certificate of Compliance (COC) for the site.
They also need to ensure power is flowing to your private service line before the inspection – sometimes that means asking for a Counties Power line mechanic to come with the inspector. Once work is complete the electrical inspector conducts a range of tests and checks. If the COC is correct and the tests and checks verify that the site is compliant, the inspector will hang the meter and connect your electricity.
When you are ready for your installation to be livened and a meter installed, contact your energy retailer who will request the inspection on your behalf. Electrical inspections and metering services are a chargeable service so we recommend you clarify charges with the retailer prior to requesting connection.
Costs charged by Counties Power as at July 2017 for work undertaken during normal business hours of 7:30am - 4pm are shown below, please note that charges are subject to change.
- Builders temporary supply: $290+GST
- Permanent metering: $355+GST
- Inspections for existing supplies: $200+GST
- CT Metering: $455+GST
- Site visit: charged directly to retailers
- Job not ready charge: $200+GST. This charge applies if the booking is changed within 24 hour or if the site is no ready on arrival of our inspectors.
How do we process inspection requests? Refer to the image below:
- Request a connection
- Building wiring
- Distributed generation
- Electrical inspections
- Energy retailers
- Private service lines
- Capital contribution
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