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Private power pole installations deliver electricity to a building beyond the main connection point on the street. The property owner is responsible for ensuring the system runs safely and properly. When issues occur, or Sydney based properties, an electrical defect notices will be issued, and this is when action needs to be taken immediately.

Situated on a property, a private power pole installation is the electrical source for the building. These private poles are attached to the home through cables and the point of attachment connecting it to the street’s network. While shared amongst multiple homes, the private electricity power line allows the electricity to be diverted to any place. More often than not, the electricity is provided to the main electrical switchboard, where it can then be transmitted to any part of the house.

Why should you choose The Local Electrician for your private power pole installation and repair needs in Sydney?

You no longer need to search for “a power pole installation near me.” The Local Electrician has provided electrical services to the Greater Sydney area since 2009. We have the training, experience, and knowledge to provide you with any electrical solution you need. Licensed electricians from The Local Electrician will do the installations and make sure the power poles are working as they should be.

Remember, we’re just a phone call away… so call us today for power pole repair or maintenance!

We’ve been helping clients in Sydney and the surrounding areas for over 25 years, and our professional team of electricians has all the experience you need for your power pole installation. We can perform any needed task regarding the power pole, thanks to our certified Level 2 electricians. After all, due to the heightened risk of this work, not every electrician is qualified to undertake power pole repairs.

Why are private power poles installed?

The main reason for power pole installations in properties is to allow people to have the ability to decide where electricity can be available in their home. Installed to the landowner’s liking, the electric poles transfer the electricity to the switchboard and wherever in the building.

Another main reason why a private power pole installation is needed is that if the street’s network pole is connected to the home, it may be too dangerous. In most cases, cables from the network pole to the home would obstruct trees, walkways and roads. As a result, a private power pole installation reduces the number of wires needed. Moreover, this will create a safer environment for the street and properties within.

Lastly, private power poles will need to be installed if existing ones have become too old. This will result in a private power replacement service.

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Electrical power pole installation providers for Sydney properties

We climb the power poles, so you don’t have to. The Local Electrician provides professional and comprehensive services to property owners throughout Sydney. Our team consists of Level 2 certified electricians who can work on any site, large or small. Contact us for power pole repair, installation, and replacement today.

Let’s talk about how our expertise can meet your power needs. Call today to speak to a qualified electrician in Sydney.

Electric power pole maintenance and private power pole installation

The Local Electrician has years of experience installing, remodelling, relocating and replacing private utility poles. We carry a large selection of hardwood and galvanised steel utility poles available for immediate delivery and assembly. All our utility poles are strength rated. We have all the equipment and experience needed to drill and complete all the elements required for the job, including immediate reconnection to the utility grid.

We have emergency electricians located in Sydney and surrounding areas. They can be quickly dispatched to repair critical damage at any time of the day or night for domestic, commercial and industrial electrical work.

Maintenance of private utility poles on your property is your responsibility and is important to ensure your safety. All trees, shrubs and vegetation must be trimmed regularly and cleared around utility poles to avoid potential problems and keep access clear. Also, check regularly for issues like:

  • Low hanging wires.
  • Rot or large cracks on timber poles.
  • Visible damage.
  • Termites and termite damage.
  • Leaning poles.
  • Rust at the base of steel poles.

If you notice any damage or defects to your private power pole, contact us immediately to arrange for one of our local electricians to inspect your property and provide a free, no-obligation quote. They can also quickly arrange any emergency power pole repairs if necessary.

The Local Electrician — the private power pole safety experts you can depend on

Many potentially hazardous situations can occur with electricity, so you should consult a qualified professional for any electrical work you may need. Our team can work in any environment and pride ourselves on maintaining the highest levels of safety at all times.

Leave the serious work to those who are qualified to handle it. Contact The Local Electrician today to avoid the hazards involved in working with electricity.

Licensed & Insured Electricians

We have licensed and insured electricians to help you with your power outage problems. Our services include power outage repairs, general electrical repairs, lighting fixture repairs and many more. You can count on us to put your safety on top of our priorities.

On-time Electrician Or It's Free!

We are here to serve you with our professional services at any time of the day or night. Our power outage electricians will arrive at your location shortly after receiving your call. If our electricians cannot arrive on time, we will not charge you anything for their service.

Same Day Services

We know how stressful it can be when you suddenly have a power outage in Sydney, so we ensure fast service to get your home or business back up and running as soon as possible.

Free Safety Inspection

During a Sydney power outage, it's essential to know that you're getting help from the best electricians in the area. We offer free safety inspections to guarantee that your home is safe and secure.

5 Year Warranty On All Materials

You can trust us to only use high-quality German-made materials for our power outage repairs. These components are incredibly durable and long-lasting, but we still offer you a 5-year warranty on all materials, just in case!

Main Types of Power Poles

There are three main types of private power poles which can be installed onto a property within Sydney, these are: timber,  galvanised/ steel and the titan composite power pole. Each has it’s own unique advantages and disadvantages which comes with their installation and continued usage. However after seeking the advice of an electrician,  it is up to you and your personal preference as to which one is installed or replaced.

Timber Private Power Pole

Being made of timber, these electrical private power poles are more expensive than steel. Having a lifespan of 15-30 years or more, this power pole is made to last for longer time periods. Additionally, being made of plywood these power poles are non-conducive and safer for the surrounding area. Longevity as its main focus, these power poles offer a more natural look to the property.

For negatives, these timber poles are more prone to being damaged by termites. This chance increases if living in a coastal area and when active termite mounds are nearby. Moreover, the timber rots more easily if living in an area that is higher in moisture levels. Do know, however, that rain will not cause the timber to mould as the poles are designed to dry quickly. Another negative with timber poles is that they are significantly larger than steel poles. Being larger in diameter and often taller these poles cannot also be designed to suit some buildings. As a result, they are often more noticeable and can be obstructive at times. The average height of wooden power pole is approximately 8-11 metres.

Galvanised Steel Power Pole

Galvanised and steel private power poles are increasing in popularity within current times. The steel pole is firstly installed then galvanisation occurs. This process has a coating of protective zinc applied to the pole to prevent rusting. Along with the steel pole, it can be painted to whatever the homeowner would like. Additionally, all the cabling is stored within the pole instead of being exposed. As a result, this type of pole is more aesthetic than the timber poles. Moreover, they are smaller in size and more affordable.

However, once the layer of zinc wears away rust can form and begin to decay the metal. If living in a place near saltwater this process will speed up. Not lasting as long as timber, the average lifespan of galvanised poles is around 12-15 years. The typical height for these powerpoles is approximately 6.5-8 metres.

Titan Composite Power Poles

Titan composite power poles are made from epoxy vinyl ester resin which are extremely durable, non-conductive, fireproof, rot proof, termite, rust proof and uv resistant. They are also the most eco-friendly of the power pole types and are 100% made with recyclable materials within Australia. Being up to 40% lighter than traditional timber power poles and with an average lifespan of 70-80 years with a lifetime warranty, they are extremely cost effective to install and maintain. On average their height ranges from 7.2 m – 12.5 meters and they can even be painted to whatever colour you desire.



Private Power Pole Placement Safety

When the private power supplies are installed on a property, the homeowner is responsible for many tasks. Including general maintenance, there are multiple different responsibilities which are given to the homeowner, such as:

  • Ensuring that if there are any trees or vegetation growing directly to the powerline or power pole, only specialized contractors (e.g Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy, specialised tree trimmers & Level 2 ASPs) can trim the vegetation to meet safety standards. You can do general maintenance to avoid trees growing too close, however if it is directly near a power line you will need to contact the aforementioned for assistance. Please note Ausgrid’s standards are to plant trees a minimum of 5 meters away from any power poles. 
  • Whenever power lines are touching or clashing, that a level 2 electrician is urgently contacted to repair it
  • After a major storm, a level two electrician or energy distributor, performs a safety inspection to make sure that the power poles and lines are not damaged
  • Any wires that are slacking also mean that an electrician is hired to resolve this concern
  • If the private power pole is spotted to be moulding, rusting or experiencing any type of defect, you should contact an authorised service provider immediately either for repair or replacement.

If unsure on how to perform general maintenance, calling a trained electrician to provide tips/ maintenance is always advised. Along with these scenarios, there are certain times when an inspection on the private power pole should be scheduled:

  • Inspections should occur annually, especially in high risk prone areas (e.g  bushfire and flood zones), where an authorised service provider can make sure the systems are working safely
  • When you have noticed issues or damages on or with the private power pole

General Private Power Pole Safety 

Here are some more private power pole safety considerations to follow:

  • If a powerline or pole has fallen or is hanging low it is important to stay a minimum of eight metres away from them and contact an emergency level 2 electrician
  • If powerlines are touching the ground or an object, such as when they have fallen over, never touch these as they can be a conductor for electricity which is a safety hazard

Our blog ‘fallen power poles and powerlines – what to do’ is here to guide you if this situation happens. 

How Do We Install & Replace Power Poles?

Depending on whether you require a private power pole replacement or installation, we have decided to briefly detail a step by step process detailing how we carry out private power pole services.

  1. Inspect the area and ensure it is clear from vegetation and it can be connected to the electrical network and property through the point of attachment.
  2. Disconnect the power.
  3. Safely remove the old power pole.
  4. Drill a hole for the new power pole
  5. Install and replace with a new pole
  6. Reconnect to the electrical network

How Much Do Private Power Poles Cost?

The overall costs will vary depending on the person or company chosen and the scope of work which required.  As a result, we have decided to detail some Australian averages. However, these are all approximate estimates and you should always call us for a detailed and proper quote. We will also price match any exisitng quotes you have received!

Type Of Power Pole Costs

New Hardwood Timber Power Pole

  • Just the pole. Price: $999 – $1199
  • Fully installed and connected. Price: $7,000 – $14,500
  • Fully installed and connected with meter box. Price: $9,000 – $14,500

New Galvanised Steel Pole

  • Just the pole. Price: $799-$999
  • Fully installed and connected. Price: $2500-$5500
  • Fully installed and connected with meter box. Price: $4,500-$8,000

Electrical Defect Notices For Private Power Poles

If issues with poles are identified by a power company, such as Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy and Essential energy, they will deliver an electrical defect notice to the property. This notice can be issued for a number of reasons including if trees are growing too close to the pole and when there are visible damages present such as decay, termite damage or the pole has fallen. An electrical defect notice will contain a list of actions for a level 2 asp electrician to take with regards to the power pole.

As the private power pole is the homeowner’s responsibility, it will be their responsibility to organise the tasks on the notice. Calling a licensed level 2 electrician is the most effective option to take and should happen as soon as possible.  The jobs outlined on the notice will need proper addressing within 21-30 days. If they are not, the main power supply to the building will be shut-off until the repairs are complete

For more information on what an Endeavour Energy Defect Notice or an Ausgrid Defect Notice is, our insights offer valuable information with the topic. For an overall understanding of what to do with an electrical defect notice, our article is extremely helpful describing what to do in these situations.

Private Power Pole Dimensions

The standard minimum height requirement in Australian for power poles above ground is 4.5 metres. However, heights can range from 4.5 m to 9 m depending on the power pole type and electricity requirements. Furthermore, the minimum depth requirement for power poles is 2 m deep below the ground.

NSW Guidelines and Regulations with Private Power Poles

There are many rules with private power poles, some of the more important ones are:

  • The private pole has to be between 2.4m and 3m from the property boundary
  • Only a licensed level 2 electrician can work on installing and repairing the power poles and lines while a licensed tree trimmer can work to trim vegetation growing too close to the powerlines
  • The property owner is responsible for the powerlines and poles located on their own property, including the repairs and maintenance of them
  • To have a private power pole installed or removed it must be approved by the electricity distributor

What Trees Can’t I Plant Near A Power Pole in Sydney? 

Please note that the type of tree species you plant near a power pole will vary significantly depending on your area, electricity service distributor and your local councils policy. Some areas in more bushfire prone areas will understandably be more stringent in their approved species compared to other areas and we highly recommend contacting your local council or energy distributor before planting any tree on your property.

If you are planting new trees, you should plant them a minimum of 5 metres away from existing power poles. In regards to existing trees and clearance/regrowth distances, this can vary from 0.5 – 6 metres depending on the location, species and bushfire/flood risk. 

If Ausgrid is your electricity distributor, these are some of the most common tree species that should not be planted near power poles. The full list can be found on Ausgrid’s Tree Safety Management plan as well as the approved species list.

  • Wattle: Grows to 6+ metres
  • Maples: Grows to 8+ metres
  • Birch: Grows to 10+ metres
  • Pine: Grows to 15+ metres
  • Willow: Grows to 10+ metres
  • Elm: Grows to 10+ metres
  • Palms: Grows to 8+ metres

Professional Power Power Pole Placement, Installation & Repairs!

When needing professional direction with private power poles, The Local Electrician is here to help! After 25 years of experience, our electrical services regarding power poles are some of the best within all of Sydney. Our maintenance, inspection, placement, replacement and installation services of these poles are affordable and are fully licensed and insured. We are also able to connect the pole to the street’s network, provide expert opinions on where and what to install and can be called to work in any suburb.

Our Emergency Electrician services ensure that we can work 24/7 with private power poles no matter the time/ day. We have electricians working 24/7 in the Northern BeachesGreater Western SydneyNorth Shore and all other Sydney areas

The Local Electrician is here to assist you whenever you need reliable, experienced and trustworthy private power pole electricians. We promise that we will arrive on time, work efficiently and leave with performing the best quality workmanship on your private power pole!


Frequently Asked Private Power Power Pole Questions!

What Is A Private Power Pole?

Private power poles provide is an electrical source for a property’s power. They are connected to a building through street’s electrical network and the point of attachment.

What Are The Different Types Of Power Poles?

There are two main types of private power poles – Hardwood timber and galvanised steel poles. There are also composite power poles which are made up of cement and are used more for commercial activities.

How Often Do I Need a Private Power Pole Inspection?

At least once a year it is advised to have the private power pole inspected by a licensed electrician. It is encouraged that if you have noticed damages or issues with the power pole or lines an inspection occurs as well as after major storms, floods and bushfires.

What Do I Do When I Receive an Electrical Defect Notice For My Private Power Pole?

The main action to take is to contact a qualified level 2 electrician to look at the defect notice and determine what needs to be done as soon as possible. They will see what repairs or replacements are required for the defect to be resolved and the notice to be cleared (e.g between power pole has to be within 2.4m and 3m from property boundaries)

How Much Do Private Power Poles Cost?

The overall costs can vary depending on the scope of work and what power pole is required. As an approximate average a complete power pole install can cost between $2,500-$14,500*

Who Can Install Private Power Poles?

Only licensed level 2 ASP electricians can carry out private power pole repairs, installs and replacements. The main reason being is that they are more qualified and specially trained to work directly on a street’s electricity network than normal electricians.

Who Is My Sydney Electricity Distributor?

Ausgrid covers the Northern Beaches, Sutherland, North Shore, Inner West, Eastern Suburbs & South Sydney. Endeavour Energy covers Greater Western Sydney, South West, the Hills and the Blue Mountains. You can learn more about what area you are covered on our blog What Areas Do Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy & Essential Energy Cover?

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