Private Property Powerlines

Questions to consider this storm season:

  • Who is responsible for the powerlines around my property?
  • Who should I alert when I notice a faulty powerline?

There’s a fine line between who takes responsibility for a powerline.

Do you know where that line is drawn and when a faulty powerline becomes your responsibility?

It’s been five years since the January bushfires in the Perth Hills that destroyed 57 homes and burnt 392 hectares of land.

The cause - A Jarrah power pole affected by termites.

Private Powerlines Defined

Property owners are responsible for all electrical assets on their property beyond the main connection point. In layman’s terms, a powerline is considered private after your customer metre box.

How to stay safe

  • Arrange for authorised electrical contractors to carry out full checks and inspections every year.
  • If repairs are required, ensure they are carried out promptly to ensure no major damages and/or destruction is caused.



The required clearances around any given powerline slightly differ depending whether you live in an urban or rural suburb.

  • Urban standards require trees and all other vegetation to have a minimum clearance of 2.5 meters wide by 2 meters tall.
  • Rural standards require trees and all other vegetation to have a minimum clearance of 4 meters wide by 2.5 meters tall.

Check for hazards including, but not limited to:

  • Vegetation, especially overgrown trees and shrubs surrounding a powerline
  • Wires that look loose or are considered a hazard due to them dangling
  • Power poles that could be steel or wooden that are rotting, split, rusted or have noticeable termite damage
  • Other damaged fittings and/or electrical assets

Don’t get caught out this winter!

Take extra precautions and be bushfire/ storm ready!

Morris Infrastructure Group hold an outstanding track record in delivering quality infrastructure projects with a strong focus on safety and client satisfaction.

Morris Infrastructure Group are a market-leading company who pride themselves on honest reliable services with safety and quality being at the forefront of each inspection and project carried out.

Read the article discussing the court case of the January 2014 Powerline Bushfires >

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