What is an electricity easement?
An electricity easement is a legal right over land for the development, maintenance, and operation of electricity infrastructure.
The width of easements can vary and in some cases may extend onto adjacent land. While ownership of the land remains with the property owner, TasNetworks is the owner of the easement. This gives TasNetworks the right to construct, operate and maintain infrastructure on the site, access it whenever required, and implement necessary safety controls and actions (including vegetation clearance). Property owners can continue to use the land as they wish, provided there is no interference with TasNetworks' operation of the assets or potential safety risk.
Restrictions apply to activities such as erecting structures and buildings, storing materials, undertaking excavation work and lighting of fires within the easement.
Why are easements necessary?
Easements secure the rights and controls necessary for TasNetworks to ensure the safety and well-being of people and property when near powerlines.
Easements also provide TasNetworks with a right of clear access to the property on a permanent 24-hour basis to ensure powerlines can be regularly or immediately inspected, maintained or repaired. In doing so, it enables us to maintain a safe and reliable supply of electricity.
What electrical infrastructure and easement types are over land?
Easement types and controls can vary depending on the infrastructure in place. View types of easements and controls.
If you wish to enquire about the nature of electrical infrastructure located on your land, or are considering buying land and want to know the types of easement or safety setback standards which are applicable, contact TasNetworks’ customer service centre on 1300 137 008 or complete an online enquiry form. A search fee may sometimes apply.
Where the electricity easement is registered on the title, you will need to view a copy of the title to determine the location of the easement, rights of TasNetworks and restrictions on the landowner. If you do not have access to a copy of the title, you will need to do a title search through the Land Information System Tasmania (the LIST) website.
Use and development in easements
To ensure the safe and reliable supply of electricity, and the access required to infrastructure to perform necessary works, there are some restrictions on activities and developments that can occur near our infrastructure.
Before undertaking any works or activities within an easement, you should ensure that you understand what type of easement affects your land and any specific requirements and restrictions which have been assigned to that easement. Your building designer or a legal adviser may also assist you in understanding the easement types and associated requirements and restrictions that apply. View the types of easements and controls.
You can find more information on controlled and restricted activities within transmission line easements at Living and working with transmission lines and in our brochure Transmission Line Easements (PDF 4.59MB).
You should also check whether the works or activity you propose require approval permits from your local council.
Access to easements
TasNetworks' vehicles, plant and equipment (and those of our authorised agents and contractors) must always have clear access to all easements to ensure assets can be regularly or immediately inspected, maintained or repaired.
We also require clear access in order to carry out our routine vegetation inspection program. Find out more at safe growing near powerlines.
Working around electrical infrastructure can be dangerous. Its important that safe distances from powerlines are maintained and Dial Before You Dig enquiries are submitted prior to undertaking any ground disturbing activities. If you are planning to undertake works in proximity to electrical infrastructure, you need to know the relevant guidelines to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you.
Find out more about working near powerlines or for important safety advice visit Look Up Look Out.