AltaLink operates approximately 12,000 kilometres of transmission lines and 280 substations – a network that transports electricity across the province in the blink of an eye. Our transmission lines are located on rights-of-way (ROWs), which refer to the physical space a transmission line encompasses including areas on either side of the line. ROWs are required for the construction and safe operation of a transmission line.
To help ensure the safety of the public and the reliability of the electrical system, AltaLink works with landowners, developers and municipalities to ensure that our transmission line rights-of way (ROWs) are properly managed.
For your safety, it is important to contact us not only for uses or alterations within the ROW, but also those within 100 metres (328 feet) of the ROW.
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AltaLink will look into whether your proposed ROW use or alteration is compatible with our safety, reliability and access requirements. Some uses within the ROW may not be permitted or subject to removal or relocation upon reasonable notice from AltaLink.
If during discussions with us, your alteration or use is considered to have a potential impact we will require an ROW Use or Proximity Application, which will include a detailed plan for approval. This plan will require coordination with other governing jurisdictions and agencies, including building permits, environmental, safety and fire regulations. Please allow up to two months for review and response to an application.
After the application is reviewed and if it is compatible with our requirements we will create an ROW Agreement. The ROW Agreement must be in place prior to commencement of proposed activities.
We look forward to working with you to help plan appropriately and determine any safety precautions.
Compatible right-of-way guidelines for:
Roads that lie immediately adjacent to or within the boundaries of the ROW will be considered on a site-specific basis. Generally, roads, including driveways, are compatible within the ROW provided that:
Transmission line wires can sag in increased hot or cold weather and may swing in strong winds. Trees or plants growing in or along the edge of a transmission line ROW can become a potential hazard when there is a risk of the tree falling or branches dropping onto the transmission line. Trees that become a fire risk or a safety hazard will be identified for removal. Before any work commences, we contact property owners to discuss the work required.
Landscaping and agricultural uses are generally compatible within ROW provided that:
Use of construction vehicles and machinery within the ROW may be compatible provided that:
Use of agricultural vehicles and machinery within the ROW are typically compatible, provided that:
AltaLink is aware that agriculture equipment has been getting wider and taller; please contact AltaLink to ensure you can operate your equipment safely around our facilities.
Parking on the ROW may be compatible, provided that:
Preloading in soft soil areas can cause significant ground movement, affecting the stability of AltaLink's poles, towers and underground facilities. This can occur even if the preloading takes place outside of the ROW.