Electricity is a serious hazard - overhead power lines can carry very high voltages, up to 66,000 volts. 

The general public must remain at least four (4) metres from overhead lines. This applies to the lines, not the power pole. 

Some work requires people or machinery to get closer than four (4) metres from power lines. This requires a Close Approach Consent from MainPower.

How to apply for a Close Approach Consent 

Step 1: Read 'Close Approach to Power Lines' to learn more about your responsibilities as a consent holder and the dangers associated with electricity. Please ensure all relevant people in your organisation are aware of these hazards and requirements. 

Download the document here

Step 2: Consent applicants must complete (and pass) an online assessment. We strongly recommend anyone else involved with your close approach work also undertakes this assessment. 

This assessment needs to be completed once every two years.

Take the assessment

Step 3: Apply online for a Close Approach Consent (minimum two working days' notice).

Apply here