Minimum Horizontal Clearances From High-Voltage Power Lines

To allow a safe distance from overhead lines, buried lines and pad-mounted transformers, use the following minimum clearances when locating buildings, storage areas and other installations.

Transmission lines are typically built on a right-of-way. Permission from SaskPower is required to build or locate anything on a transmission line right-of-way.

If your equipment contacts a power line, call 310-2220 immediately and stay inside the vehicle until help arrives.

Minimum Horizontal Clearances:

How Far Away Should Items be From...(metres/feet) Overhead Lines
Buried Lines
Pad-Mounted Transformers
Fuel tanks 7.5m (25 ft) 1.5m (5ft) 7.5m (25ft)
Bales, haystacks and feedlots 15m (50 ft) N/A 6m (20ft)
Homes 15m (50ft) 0.6m (2ft) 6m (20ft)
Barns, sheds, Quonsets and garages 15m (50ft) 0.6m (2ft) 6m (20ft)
Granaries 15m (50ft) 0.6m (2ft) 6m (20ft)
Water wells 15m (50ft) 1.5m (5ft) 1.5m* (5ft)
Antennas 3m+height of antenna 1.5m (5ft) 3m (10ft)
*Distance should be 3 metres on door side of transformer.

 

Worried that your buildings, storage areas and other installations don’t meet minimum clearances? Call us at 1(888)757-6937. We’ll come out and evaluate the circumstances of your installation.

Tips

  • Install yard lights a minimum of 0.3 metres below the lowest voltage service, but never directly beneath the transformer.
  • Take care to avoid damage to ground wires and rods.
  • Report any damage to SaskPower immediately by calling 310-2220.
  • Point grain bin doors away from power lines. Do not locate bins on both sides of a high-voltage power line.
  • Before digging contact Sask 1st Call for underground line locating services – 1(866)828-4888 or www.sask1stcall.com.
  • Use extreme caution when moving tall equipment around power lines.

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