Living and working with powerlines

An easement is a safety clearance zone around our infrastructure. It allows our staff access to construct, operate and maintain our assets and infrastructure.

This includes transmission lines, cables, towers, poles, switching stations. An easement is often referred to as a 'right of way'. It also exists to ensure the safety of people living, working and playing near power infrastructure.

Easements can vary in width depending on the operating voltage and design of infrastructure.

Which activities are allowed within the easement area?


These activities are permitted in easements provided TransGrid's structures remain accessible at all times.

  • Agricultural activities, subject to restrictions in machinery height of under 4.3m
  • Most domestic recreational activities (excluding the flying of kites and model aircraft)
  • Gardening, provided that mature plant height is under 4m
  • Vehicle parking, provided vehicle height is under 4.3m
  • Storage of non-flammable materials, under 2.5m (but no shipping containers)
  • Minor structures under 2.5m such as washing lines or barbecues (provided that metallic parts are earthed).


The following activities may be permitted within easements if you have written approval from TransGrid.

  • Operation of machinery not exceeding 4.3m
  • Building of fencing and yards
  • Landscaping
  • Use of irrigation equipment
  • Installation of utilities such as electricity, telephone and water
  • Outbuildings such as sheds, stables, garages and carports
  • Additions of unroofed verandas and pergolas to residences
  • Sporting and recreational facilities (including tennis courts)
  • Swimming pools, if the pool is not within
  • 30m of a transmission line structure
  • The development of subdivisions (including the constructions of roads)
  • Excavation
  • Quarrying activities, earthworks and dam construction.


Some activities are not permitted in an easement for the safety of both the community and operation of the transmission lines.

  • The construction of houses, buildings or other substantial structures
  • The installation of fixed plant or equipment
  • The storage of flammable materials or explosives
  • The storage of garbage materials or fallen timber
  • Planting vegetation with a mature height which exceeds 4m
  • Any obstructions placed within 15m of a transmission line structure or supporting ropes, wires or chains
  • Flying of kites or model aircraft.

The above is a general guide only. Site specific restrictions also apply, therefore please refer to the 'Easement guidelines for third party development' for further details. If you are in any doubt about the safety of any activity, please email easements&

Easement Guidelines for Third Party Development

TransGrid Easement Compensation Brochure

Fencing Guidelines

Easement Fact Sheet - Lease Transaction