If you're a developer, find out how to arrange the electrical infrastructure of your development and what you're liable to pay for.
There's useful information below, including documents you can download, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further queries.
What's a 'developer'?
A developer is the person, company or other legal entity which arranges an extension of the electricity network. They are not the actual consumer of the electricity. This definition covers extensions and augmentation to the Ergon Energy network where the developer can recover the cost of providing the electricity infrastructure through the sale or lease of the property.
When a development is directly connected to our network, we'll provide the electricity meters to each individual premises.
Types of developments
Typically, developers undertake the following types of developments:
- broad area developments such as traditional residential, rural, commercial and industrial subdivisions
- multi-tenancy developments such as apartments, commercial site office complexes and shopping complexes
- industrial and commercial parks
- closed gate or private subdivisions
- village type residential developments such as retirement villages.
What are developers' responsibilities?
A developer is responsible for 100% of the cost of providing the infrastructure for their development. This includes costs associated with:
- the electrical reticulation inside the development
- network connection works to connect the development to the distribution network
- augmentation of the existing distribution system to provide capacity to supply the development
- all civil works undertaken by us relevant to, but external to the development
- tree clearing and any other costs attributable to the electrical supply for the development.
Urban and rural residential subdivisions
In general, most Local Government Authorities (LGAs) require the electricity infrastructure for subdivisions to be underground reticulation (buried cables).
The Developers' Handbook (PDF 329.4 kb) outlines the policies and processes for connecting a project involving underground distribution construction. As outlined in the Handbook, a developer can choose who designs and constructs the electricity reticulation inside the subdivision.
We aim to make it as easy as possible to connect to our distribution network and to support economic growth through new developments. Our New Connections for Developers' Charter (PDF 944.9 kb) sets out our commitment to developers including what we do for you, our responsibilities and our service promises.
Online Developer enquiry form for subdivision/public lighting works
To start your subdivision or public lighting project with us, please complete the online Developer enquiry form before submitting an application form for the subdivision.
When your design is completed and you want to apply for subdivision or public lighting works, please complete our Network Connection of Subdivision/Public Lighting Application Form (PDF 549.3 kb)
Provided below are all of the policies and guidelines, standards, specifications, forms and manuals for developers.
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Resources - specifications and other information
Policy and guidelines
Approved supplier register
|List of Subdivision Designers (PDF File, 201.5 KB)||8 Aug 2016|
|List of Public Lighting Designers (PDF File, 202.4 KB)||8 Aug 2016|
|List of Subdivision Construction Contractors (PDF File, 175.8 KB)||8 Aug 2016|
|List of Public Lighting Construction Contractors (PDF File, 202.6 KB)||8 Aug 2016|
|RSC06 Ver 7 - UDC Main Specifications (PDF File, 104.4 KB)||30 Apr 2013|
Construction and testing standards
|RSM01 UDC Materials Specification Ver 7 (PDF File, 68.3 KB)||4 Jun 2014|
|RSM02 UDC Compatible Materials Listing Specification Ver 5 (PDF File, 207.0 KB)||1 Apr 2010|
|UDC Project Pre-Start Meeting Record Ver 6 (PDF File, 67.3 KB)||9 Dec 2014|
|UDC Design Audit Checklist Ver 5 (PDF File, 180.3 KB)||7 Jan 2015|
|UDC Construction Audit Checklist Ver 6 (PDF File, 466.3 KB)||7 Jan 2015|
Field data collection forms
Overhead Construction Manual
Public Lighting Design Manual
|Public Lighting Design Manual (PDF File, 2.5 MB)||2 Sep 2014|
Queensland Public Lighting Construction Manual
|MAIN INDEX (PDF File, 267.9 KB)||13 Jun 2016|
|Introduction (PDF File, 2.7 MB)||13 Jun 2016|
|Assemblies (PDF File, 12.3 MB)||13 Jun 2016|
|Construction Practices (PDF File, 4.9 MB)||13 Jun 2016|
|Services (PDF File, 4.4 MB)||13 Jun 2016|
|Columns Major Road (PDF File, 7.1 MB)||13 Jun 2016|
|Columns Minor Road (PDF File, 2.4 MB)||13 Jun 2016|
|Pole Brackets Major Road (PDF File, 4.9 MB)||13 Jun 2016|
|Pole Brackets Minor Road (PDF File, 2.1 MB)||22 Apr 2014|
|Flood Lighting (PDF File, 3.2 MB)||13 Jun 2016|
|Telstra Approved Hardware (PDF File, 2.4 MB)||13 Jun 2016|
|Bulkhead Luminaires (PDF File, 620.8 KB)||13 Jun 2016|
|PE Cell Conversion (PDF File, 1.9 MB)||13 Jun 2016|
|Control Wiring (PDF File, 1.2 MB)||13 Jun 2016|
Underground Construction Manual
|Detailed Changes to Underground Construction Manual - Issue 9 (PDF File, 216.2 KB)||10 Jul 2015|
|MAIN INDEX (PDF File, 311.4 KB)||22 Jun 2016|
|Introduction (PDF File, 810.9 KB)||22 Jun 2016|
|Assemblies (PDF File, 15.1 MB)||22 Jun 2016|
|Construction Practices (PDF File, 4.1 MB)||22 Jun 2016|
|Trenching (PDF File, 17.2 MB)||22 Jun 2016|
|Padmounted Substations (PDF File, 19.1 MB)||22 Jun 2016|
|Services (PDF File, 1.4 MB)||22 Jun 2016|
|LV Construction (PDF File, 4.4 MB)||22 Jun 2016|
|HV Construction (PDF File, 6.3 MB)||22 Jun 2016|
|HV Switchgear (PDF File, 4.7 MB)||10 Jul 2015|
|Earthing (PDF File, 4.8 MB)||22 Jun 2016|
|Material Data (PDF File, 3.2 MB)||22 Jun 2016|
|Fibre Optic Construction (PDF File, 1.9 MB)||22 Jun 2016|
|National Broadband Network (PDF File, 708.5 KB)||22 Jun 2016|
Distribution Design Manual
|STNW3361 Ver 1 - Standard for Distribution Line Design Overhead (PDF File, 6.1 MB)||6 May 2016|
|STNW3369 Ver 1 - Standard for Distribution Line Design Underground (PDF File, 539.4 KB)||6 May 2016|
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