In order to ensure public safety, distribution system reliability and to comply with the “BC Safety Standards Act”, “Canadian Electrical Code”, “CSA Standards” and WorkSafeBC Regulations, it is necessary to maintain a minimum 3 meters of clearance between overhead high voltage power lines and adjacent trees. The Electric Utility conducts annual inspections of the distribution system to ensure these clearances are not being encroached into.
Property owners are
responsible for ensuring that any vegetation on their property does not
interfere with Electric Utility infrastructure and are responsible for all
costs associated with maintaining the required clearances from power lines.
Electric Utility staff will provide written notice to property owners when
their trees are observed to be growing within the Limits of Approach (3
meters). Please review Private Property Maintenance Bylaw 2005-64 for
NOTE: To ensure safe and effective tree
trimming or removal, all works in the vicinity of power lines must be carried
out by a Certified Utility Arborist (CUA) approved and authorized by the City
of Penticton Electric Utility to undertake such works in proximity to Utility
power lines. Contact the Electric Utility for a current list of approved