Private power poles are your responsibility

If you have private powerlines or a private power pole on your property, it is your responsibility to keep them maintained. 

Your responsibility includes

Unsure about a power pole?

If you’re not sure about whether you are responsible for the powerlines or poles on your property, please contact your local Horizon Power office. 

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Stay 10m away from fallen powerlines

If you see a fallen powerline, always stay at least 10 metres away and call us immediately on 13 23 51. In a life-threatening emergency, call 000. 

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Keep your private powerlines and poles safe

Keep your private powerlines and poles safe

Power poles and powerlines are exposed to all kinds of weather, wildlife and pests, which can put them at risk of structural damage. Damaged or degraded power poles and powerlines can lead to fires or electric shock, so it's important to keep this electrical infrastructure safe.  


Make sure our Horizon Power teams can always access your powerlines and poles.

 For everybody’s safety, we have statutory rights of entry and access, based on sections 43, 46(9) and 48 of the Energy Operators (Powers) Act 1979 and other legislative provisions. 

Take care of your private power poles

  • Never climb a pole, approach the wires, attempt any electrical repairs yourself or cut any vegetation near an energised powerline. Contact with live wires can kill. 
  • Keep trees and branches at least 5 metres away from powerlines to help prevent power interruptions and the possibility of fire, electric shock or electrocution.  
  • Never trim trees and branches near powerlines yourself - find a trained tree pruning contractor 
  • Safely remove any vegetation on the ground close to the base of all power poles and under the powerlines. 
Take care of your private power poles
How to inspect your private powerlines and poles

How to inspect your private powerlines and poles

At least once a year, check your private powerlines and poles (including stay-wires, fittings and other components) for any visible signs damage or deterioration: 

  • For wooden poles, look for cracks, rot or attack by white-ants/termites. 
  • For steel poles, check for rust above and below ground, even if the pole is galvanised.  

Check with the professionals

It’s a good idea to have a qualified, licensed professional regularly inspect the condition of private power poles and powerlines to check for any structural issues or internal deterioration you may not be able to see. 

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Electricity is all around us

Read our quick guide on how to take care around electrical infrastructure you can and can't see.

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Trees and powerlines

Here's how to avoid tree branches touching powerlines, which can cause power interruptions, fire and other accidents. 

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Always use a licensed contractor

Electricity is dangerous. Don’t risk causing harm to you or your family by doing your own electrical work.

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