If you want to work closer than four metres to overhead lines you'll need to apply for a close approach consent.
Close Approach Consent applications can be made by contacting beforeUdig on 0800 248 288. They will then pass you over to our contractor who will arrange to visit and assess the site within two working days.
Once this assessment is complete the Close Approach Consent form will typically be issued within six to twenty working days, depending on operational requirements.
The diagram below shows how the process works. You can also download a printable copy of this diagram at the bottom of this page.
Close Approach Consent Process Diagram
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