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Distribution Line Rights-of-Way Use Guidelines

Duke Energy Progress aims to provide safe, reliable and economical electrical service to all customers. In order to keep electricity reliable, we must have unobstructed access for maintaining power lines, facilities and rights of way. This list of right-of-way use guidelines has been developed to provide property owners with a guide for the use of Duke Energy Progress distribution line rights of way. Please contact a Duke Energy Progress right-of-way representative concerning approval for any proposed plans or special uses that would deviate from the restrictions outlined below. 

Duke Energy Progress generally maintains a 30-foot-wide easement area for overhead distribution electric lines, with 15 feet lying on each side of the centerline of the electric line. We generally obtain a 10-foot-wide easement area for underground distribution electric lines, with 5 feet lying on each side of the centerline of the electric line and 10 feet around all enclosures.

Structures are not permitted within Duke Energy Progress distribution rights of way. The term “structure” includes, but is not limited to, the following: buildings, sheds, underground or overhead storage facilities, swimming pools, mobile homes, trailers, satellite signal receiver systems and equipment, billboards, signs, dumpsters, street or area lights (unless approved by Duke Energy Progress), air strips, hunting stands, etc.

NO Storage and/or Dumping of any kind is permitted within Duke Energy Progress distribution rights of way. 

Immoveable Ground Facilities – "Immoveable ground facilities" include, but are not limited to, the following: streets, roads, driveways, water and sewer lines, manholes, fire hydrants or other utility pedestals.

Some immoveable ground facilities may be allowed within Duke Energy Progress distribution rights of way, if prior written approval is obtained from Duke Energy Progress. Immoveable ground facilities are more likely to be approved by Duke Energy Progress if they meet all the following criteria:

  • The facilities must cross the centerline of the distribution line at an angle of 45 degrees or greater, and the edge of the item should be at least 15 feet from any Duke Energy Progress structure or anchor.
  • All underground facilities must be capable of bearing the weight of Duke Energy Progress' maintenance vehicles.
  • Manholes must be 30 or more inches above grade, unless in paved or graveled areas.
  • Fire hydrants, utility pedestals or any other above-ground facilities shall not be allowed directly under conductors.

Septic tanks and/or related drain fields, absorption pits, wells, burial grounds and underground vaults shall not be allowed within Duke Energy Progress rights of way.

Parking Lots may be constructed on Duke Energy Progress rights of way with prior written approval from Duke Energy Progress, in its discretion. Parking lots are more likely to be approved by Duke Energy Progress if they meet all the following criteria:

  • A barrier adequate to protect the pole and/or anchor shall be erected by the party constructing the parking lot in such a manner as to prevent parking within 5 feet of any pole or anchor.
  • Grading within the right of way shall first be approved by Duke Energy Progress.
  • Customer lighting facilities within the right of way shall first be approved by Duke Energy Progress.
  • Signs and other attachments to any Duke Energy Progress structure are prohibited.

Grading will not be allowed within the right of way without prior written approval from Duke Energy Progress, in its discretion. Access to Duke Energy Progress facilities must be maintained at all times. Grading around poles and anchors is prohibited without prior consent. Slopes shall not exceed a 1-foot rise/fall in elevation over a 3-feet horizontal distance (1:3 slope). To request approval, call the Duke Energy Progress customer service center at 800-452-2777.

Fences shall not exceed 8 feet in height. Fences shall not be attached to Duke Energy Progress poles. If Duke Energy Progress’ ability to travel along the right of way is impeded, the property owner must install a 12-foot gate. If a fence does impede access to Duke Energy Progress, a section of the fence will be removed, and re-installation will be the owner’s responsibility.

Lakes, ponds, erosion control facilities and dams may be allowed within Duke Energy Progress distribution rights of way with prior written approval from Duke Energy Progress, in its discretion, provided that they do not interfere with our facilities, access and/or maintenance requirements.

Trees, shrubs, hedges, low-growing evergreens, flowers, grasses, or gardens planted within Duke Energy Progress’ distribution line rights of way shall be of a variety that do not exceed a maximum height of 20 feet at maturity and may not interfere with Duke Energy Progress’ facilities, access and/or maintenance requirements. For more information about our policies and planting guidelines, visit Before You Plant.

No items that violate the National Electrical Safety Code shall be allowed on Duke Energy Progress rights of way. No burning activities are allowed within Duke Energy Progress rights of way. No agricultural irrigation or waste-spraying facilities are allowed within Duke Energy Progress rights of way.