Developer's toolkit

If you're a developer, the following information will help you find out how to arrange the electrical infrastructure of your development and what you're liable to pay for.

This includes documents you can download, or you can contact us directly via email at if you have any queries.

If you're planning a large subdivision or a development that requires a non-basic service connection, we'd like to speak with you early in your project planning to ensure that we understand your needs. Find out how to arrange an appointment with us to discuss your connection requirements.

Types of developments

Typically, developers undertake the following types of developments:

  • Broad area developments such as traditional residential, rural, commercial and industrial subdivisions
  • Multi-tenancy developments such as apartments, commercial site office complexes and shopping complexes
  • Industrial and commercial parks
  • Closed gate or private subdivisions
  • Village type residential developments such as retirement villages

What developers need to pay for

A developer is responsible for 100% of the cost of providing the infrastructure for their development. This includes, but is not limited to, costs associated with:

  • The electrical reticulation inside the development
  • Connection works to connect the development to the distribution network
  • Upstream augmentation of the existing distribution system to provide capacity to supply the development
  • All civil works undertaken by us relevant to, but external to the development
  • The evaluation and acceptance of assets designed and constructed externally to us

Can I engage someone other than TasNetworks to design or construct new electrical assets?

Customer Choice for design and construction is offered to negotiated connection customers as of January 2016 for underground subdivisions. 

Customer Choice means as a developer, you can engage an accredited electrical designer and/or an accredited electrical constructor for the design and construction of new assets beyond the existing boundaries of the shared network. This is inclusive of low voltage, high voltage, public lighting and transformation assets. We can still be engaged to undertake this work.

It does not include:

  • Basic connections
  • Augmentation of the network to support the connection
  • Any work that involves our assets
  • Any work that requires a planned outage
  • Evaluation and acceptance of the connection design
  • Evaluation and acceptance of the construction
  • The final connection to our infrastructure
  • Design of commercial and industrial underground subdivisions

Our Developer Guide below outlines in more detail the processes and requirements for exercising Customer Choice in the design and construction of your new underground residential development and construction of your commercial and industrial underground subdivision.

If you're ready to submit a connection application, log on to the Connections Application Portal. There you can manage your connection applications, credit card payments and self-service of in progress applications.

Resources - specifications and other information

The following policies, guidelines, standards, specifications, forms and manuals have been provided by us to assist developers and their chosen accredited electrical designers and accredited electrical constructors with the design and construction of their new development.

Policy and guidelines

Accredited service providers

Design standards


Construction and testing standards

Materials specifications


Audit checklists

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