GVEA understands fences are important and often necessary for a property owner's privacy, but keep in mind that it is necessary for GVEA to have clear access to power lines in order to provide safe and uninterrupted service.
Most power lines extend along backlot lines, and the right of way is GVEA's only access to these lines. When erecting a fence near a power line, please follow these guidelines:
- Do not attach fencing posts to power poles.
- Retain a minimum distance of 10 feet from all poles or underground transformer boxes.
- Note: When underground electrical is present, contact 811 Alaska Digline a couple days before you begin any excavation activities. More info on how to proceed safely on your project can be obtained by clicking here.
- When building a fence across the power line right of way, a 12-foot wide gate is needed to access the power line. If a gate does not provide access and GVEA needs immediate access to the power pole or line, a portion of the fence may need to be removed at the owner's expense.
- If the property owner intends to install and lock a gate, it will need to be "double-locked." This means GVEA and the property owner each provide a lock and the two are interlocked. This allows the owner to maintain control of access and line crews will have access to perform emergency repairs without having to contact the property owner.
Landscaping Near Powerlines
For more information about landscaping near powerlines, visit: http://www.gvea.com/resources/treemgmt/plant-smart