Applying for permission to work in a protected zone

The permission of the line owner is always necessary when working in the protected zone of a power line. Uncoordinated forestry, excavation and transport work in the immediate vicinity of power lines endangers both the lives and health of workers. When planning these works, be sure to contact us in advance to determine if there is any overhead line, cable or substation owned by Elektrilev in the area.

Authorization to operate in the protection zone

An application must be submitted to co-ordinate the activities in the protection zone.In the case of an emergency works, attach a diagram or drawing to the application, indicating the area of work.

  • In case of planned works, the project or drawing must be coordinated in advance with Elektrilevi. Please attach the appropriate approval number and date to the application.
  • Unless the project coordination requires summoning a representative, no application for authorization to operate in the protection zone is required.
  • To coordinate oversized cargo, submit an application form to the Road Administration by e-mail.
  • Send the application at least 10 days before you start any work
    Submit an application

    What is a protected zone and how far does it reach from a power line or substation?

    The protected zone of the power network or a substation is a land area and airspace around the power line or substation where many activities are restricted for safety purposes.

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    Coordination of activities

    Based on your submitted request, we can specify the distance of overhead lines, cables or other equipment belonging to Elektrilev from the location of the works.

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    Cables belonging to the client

    We recommend that you identify the location of the electrical cables owned by you or third parties. For this we offer the possibility to order the location of electric cables on the property. If you order this service, our cable specialist will arrive on the site to show you and mark the location of the cables on the site.

    This service does not entitle you to start excavation work – you will need permission from the owner of the cable. To excavate in a protected cable zone owned by Elektrilevi, you can apply for permission here.

    Order the service

    How much does it cost?

    Pinpointing the location of Elektrilevi's power cable(s)

    80.20 €

    Price includes up to 1 hour of on-site activity

    Coordinating the activities carried out in the protected area of an electric network or substation

    20.05 € / per project

    Please apply at least 10 working days before the planned work starts

    Services of a cable specialist

    42 € / h

    This includes the travel time to and from the site. The minimum working time is 1 hour, after which the service price is based on 0.5-hour periods.

    Additional information on coordination

    Northern region

    Tallinn, Harjumaa, Pärnu, Pärnumaa, Saaremaa ja Hiiumaa

    jarelvalvepoh@elektrilevi.ee
    465 4600

    Southern region

    Raplamaa, Järvamaa, Lääne-Virumaa, Jõhvi, Ida-Virumaa, Jõgevamaa, Tartu, Tartumaa, Põlvamaa, Valgamaa, Võrumaa, Viljandimaa

    jarelvalvelna@elektrilevi.ee
    465 4500

    Street lighting in Tallinn

    tallinnavalgustus@elektrilevi.ee
    465 4600

    Coordination of activities

    If the planned work interferes with the protected zone of an overhead line, substation or other electrical installation, a representative of Elektrilevi shall explain the scope of the protection zone, applicable restrictions, safety requirements and responsibility for the maintenance of the electrical installation and issue a work permit.

    In the case of work in the protection zone of an overhead line, substation or other electrical installation, the contractor shall be responsible for maintaining the integrity of the electrical installation. The owner of the electrical installation has the right to claim reasonable expenses, if the execution of the works entails expenses for the maintenance of the electrical installation.

    If the works are carried out outside the protection zone, no permission from Elektrilevi is required.

    Eraldi luba kaevetöödeks

    Scheduled works require that technical designs or drawings have prior approval from Elektrilevi. Unscheduled work requires a plan or a technical drawing with the precise work area attached to the application.

  • If the coordination of a project does not require indicating the location of the cables, our permission is also not necessary. If there is a power cable on the site or in the vicinity, someone from Elektrilevi will come and mark the location of the cables on the site and clarify the extent of the protected zone, the limitations in force, the safety requirements and your responsibility for making sure that the electrical system remains undamaged, and will then issue the permit for your work.
  • Digging work must not damage the electrical installation. The owner of the electrical system has the right to demand reasonable compensation for any expenses incurred.
  • If you have no cables on your property that belong to us, we still recommend specifying the location of your own or third party power cables before you start digging work; for example, when laying new water piping. To do that, you can ask us to locate the electrical cables on your property.Read more »

    What is a protected zone and how far does it reach from a power line or substation?

    Description of a protected zone Line voltage Reach of the protected zone
    The reach of the protected zone of an overhead line on each side of the line axis up to 1 kV 2 m
    1 to 35 kV for an overhead line 3 m
    1 to 35 kV 10 m
    35 kV to 110 kV 25 m
    The protected zone of an underground cable line from the outermost cables of the underground cable line 1 m
    The protected zone of substations and switchyards from the fence, wall or the substation or switchgear if there is no fence or wall 2 m

    In the protected zone of a power network, it is prohibited to do the following without permission
  • build anything
  • store waste, materials or substances
  • build petrol stations
  • carry out any mining, loading, dredging, blasting, flooding, irrigation or land improvement work
  • light a fire
  • plant or fell trees
  • With underwater electrical cables
  • cast anchor from a boat
  • move any anchor, chain, log or trawl net or other net
  • install direction signs and buoys for water traffic
  • store ice
  • With overhead power lines
  • drive machinery or vehicles with a normal height above ground, loaded or unloaded, of more than 4.5 metres
  • with high-voltage overhead power lines
  • build fences or wire fences
  • build drinking places for animals
  • With underground cable lines
  • use percussive machinery
  • level the surface
  • dig deeper than 0.3 metres, or 0.45 metres in ploughed land
  • store or transport heavy loads