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Know your clearance zones

Are your trees too close to powerlines?

When trees or branches come into contact with powerlines, they can cause safety hazards, power outages and bushfires.

Property owners and occupiers are responsible for ensuring trees on their property stay clear of powerlines all year round.

Clearance zones may vary in your area depending on the type of conductor used to transport electricity, the fire risk of the area and the distance between two poles.

Allow for reasonable regrowth when trimming your trees, so they can be maintained outside the clearance zones all year round.

To keep it simple, you can follow the below standards to maintain a minimum safe distance between your trees and powerlines.

 

Urban standards

In urban areas, the minimum clearances are typically 2.5 metres to the side and 2 metres below. There should be no vegetation above the powerlines.

Clearance zones between trees and powerlines

Rural standards

In rural areas the minimum clearances are typically 4 metres to the side and 2.5 metres below. There should be no vegetation above the powerlines.

Hire a professional

If your trees need trimming, we recommend hiring a qualified tree pruner or arborist to safely remove foliage that is too close to powerlines. Visit the Tree Guild WA website to find a qualified professional.

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Visit our Make the Safe Call page for simple advice on:

  • how to safely trim trees that are too close to powerlines
  • clearance zones to cut back your vegetation
  • what your responsibilities are as a property owner/occupier 

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