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Transmission Line Rights-of-Way Use Guidelines

This list of rights-of-way restrictions has been developed to answer the most frequently asked questions about property owner use of Duke Energy’s electric transmission rights of way. This list does not cover all restrictions or all possible situations. You should contact the Asset Protection Right-of-Way Specialist if you have additional concerns about the rights of way. This list of restrictions is subject to change at any time and without notice. Duke Energy reserves all rights conveyed to it by the right-of-way agreement applicable to the subject property. All activity within the rights of way shall be reviewed by an Asset Protection Right-of-Way Specialist to obtain prior written approval. Engineering plans may be required. Compliance with the Duke Energy Right-of-Way Guidelines/Restrictions or approval of any plans by Duke Energy does not mean that the requirements of any local, county, state, or federal government or other applicable agency with governing authority have been satisfied.
  1.  Structures, buildings, manufactured/mobile homes, satellite systems, swimming pools (and any associated equipment
    and decking), graves, billboards, dumpsters, signs, wells, deer stands, retaining walls, septic systems or tanks (whether
    above or below ground), debris of any type, flammable material, building material, wrecked or disabled vehicles and
    all other objects (whether above or below ground) which, in Duke Energy’s opinion interferes with the electric
    transmission right of way, are not allowed within the right-of-way limits. Transformers, telephone/cable pedestals (and
    associated equipment), and fire hydrants are not allowed. Manholes, water valves, water meters, backflow preventers
    and irrigation heads are not permitted. Attachments to Duke Energy structures are prohibited.
  2. Fences and gates shall not exceed 10 feet in height and shall be installed greater than 25 feet from poles, towers and
    guy anchors. Fences shall not parallel the centerline within the rights of way but may cross from one side to the other
    at any angle not less than 30 degrees with the centerline. If a fence crosses the rights of way, a gate (16 foot wide at
    each crossing) shall be installed by the property owner, per Duke Energy’s specifications. The property owner is
    required to install a Duke lock on the gate to insure access. Duke will supply a lock.
  3. Grading (cuts or fill) shall be no closer than 25 feet from poles, towers, guys and anchors (except for parking areas, see
    paragraph 7) and the slope shall not exceed 12:1. Grading or filling near Duke Energy facilities which will prevent free
    equipment access, or creates ground to conductor clearance violations, will not be permitted. Storage or stockpiling of
    dirt or any construction material is prohibited. Sedimentation control, including re-vegetation, is required per state
  4. Streets, roads, driveways, sewer/water lines, other utility lines or any underground facilities shall not parallel the
    centerline within the rights of way, but may cross, from one side to the other, at any angle not less than 30 degrees
    with the centerline. No portion of such facility or corresponding easement shall be located within 25 feet of Duke
    Energy’s facilities. Roundabouts, cul-de-sac, intersections (roads, driveways and alleyways) are not permitted.
  5. Any drainage feature that allows water to pond, causes erosion, directs storm water toward the rights of way, or limits
    access to or around Duke Energy facilities is prohibited.
  6. Construction of lakes, ponds, retention, or detention facilities are prohibited within the rights-of-way limits.
  7. Parking may be permitted within the rights of way, provided that:
    1. Prior to grading, concrete barriers shall be installed at a minimum of 9 feet from the Duke Energy facilities. During construction, grading shall be no closer than 10 feet to any Duke Energy facility.
    2. After grading/paving activity is complete a Duke Energy approved barrier, sufficient to withstand a 15 mph
      vehicular impact, shall be installed 9 ft. from any Duke Energy facility.
    3. Any access areas, entrances, or exits shall cross (from one side to the other) the right of way at any angle not
      less than 30 degrees with the centerline, and shall not pass within 25 feet of any structure. Parking lot
      entrances/exits cannot create an intersection within the right of way.
    4. Lighting structures within the rights-of-way limits must be approved by Duke Energy before
      installing. Due to engineering design standards, total height of lighting structures may not exceed 12
    5. Lighting structures are not permitted within the wire zone. Contact your Asset Protection Specialist
      as wire zones vary for the different lines.
  8. Duke Energy will not allow trees or landscape planting within the transmission right of way without prior approval.
    1. Duke Energy may exercise the right to cut “danger trees” outside the rights of way limits as required to
      properly maintain and operate the transmission line.