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Old 10-10-2018, 07:16 PM   #1
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My general contractor has set a temporary electrical service for a new construction single family residence. The pole was set on a permanent easement at the end of the street in front of the property its serving. The power utility rep came out to inspect the location and said he believes it cannot be on the easement and that it has to be inside the property lines. He seems to be a little unsure of himself and i am not sure if he is wrong or right. He has not provided me any rule so far in their requirements. I'm curious to know if contractors in other states have set temp electrical service poles on easements.
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My general contractor has set a temporary electrical service for a new construction single family residence. The pole was set on a permanent easement at the end of the street in front of the property its serving. The power utility rep came out to inspect the location and said he believes it cannot be on the easement and that it has to be inside the property lines. He seems to be a little unsure of himself and i am not sure if he is wrong or right. He has not provided me any rule so far in their requirements. I'm curious to know if contractors in other states have set temp electrical service poles on easements.
Utilities make their own rules. You want power, you follow their rules even if the guy's a derp.
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It's very possible that it's both in the easement and within the property lines.
If it's a utility easement, what's his problem with a utility being there?
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an easement is a right of way that is on a piece of property owned by someone else. As long as the easement is on the property in question, and not the public's, or someone else's property, it should be good. but as noted above, you gotta go with the flow.

of course, if the temp is in the way of the permanent service and they need the easement for construction purposes, well, you are sol.
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My general contractor has set a temporary electrical service for a new construction single family residence. The pole was set on a permanent easement at the end of the street in front of the property its serving. The power utility rep came out to inspect the location and said he believes it cannot be on the easement and that it has to be inside the property lines. He seems to be a little unsure of himself and i am not sure if he is wrong or right. He has not provided me any rule so far in their requirements. I'm curious to know if contractors in other states have set temp electrical service poles on easements.
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An easement gives the right to a person(s) to enter a property without possessing it. A utility easement allows the utility to access and maintain their equipment on private or public property without actually owing the land. Generally if the pole is on public property the ever popular encroachment permit is required. On private property for a temp service no easement required. Why would a utility object to a pole located in the utility easement? Furthermore, even if the easement was for street lighting, underground gas, or whatever what is the problem if a temp power pole is there. Whoever has the easement can still access their equipment.
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Where I live now my property line goes to the center of the road, and they have an easement for power poles and road improvements. The other end of the property has a right of way for other people to use for access to there property. POCO paid me $1 to put the pole on that end of the property but not the road end.

My new house there is a power/highway right of way that is not on my deed.

So first case my guess is they can't stop me if I wanted a temp on that property. But my new house the temp pole would have to be on my side not right of way.


All depends on deeds.
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