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Referral agency

For some types of developments, you need to apply for a development permit and consult with a referral agency who can give recommendations and advice on the conditions of an application.

Schedule 7 of the Sustainable Planning Regulations 2009 lists referral agencies and their jurisdictions.

Types of development we are a referral agency for

We are a referral agency for the following types of development:

  1. Reconfiguring a lot if any part of the lot is:
    • subject to an Ergon Energy easement
    • situated within 100m of an Ergon Energy substation site
  2. Material change of use if any part of the lot, structure or work:
    • is subject to an Ergon Energy easement
    • will be located wholly or partly in the Ergon Energy easement
    • is situated within 100m of an Ergon Energy substation site
  3. Operational work (filling or excavation) if:
    • any part of the premises is subject to an Ergon Energy easement
    • the work is located wholly or partly within 10m of an Ergon Energy substation site.

Find out more about development applications in Queensland.

Have an enquiry about electricity infrastructure referral requirements? Complete our referral enquiry form.

How to refer an application

You can refer an application to us by emailing it to  townplanning@ergon.com.au

If the document file is too large to email, please save a copy of your application to a CD, USB memory stick or other digital storage device and post it to us at:

Town Planning
Ergon Energy
PO Box 264
Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

You don’t need to submit a hardcopy of your application.

If you need help, please contact our town planning group on email townplanning@ergon.com.au.

Organisations that manage Queensland electricity networks

There are several organisations that manage Queensland’s electricity networks.

Powerlink owns, maintains and operates the high voltage electricity transmission network across Queensland. This network transports electricity between power generators and electricity distribution supply networks.

Ergon Energy and Energex own, maintain and operate Queensland’s electricity distribution supply networks that deliver electricity to homes and businesses. The Energex network supplies customers in south-east Queensland, while Ergon Energy services regional, rural and remote areas of Queensland.

Essential Energy owns, maintains and operates an electricity distribution supply network in parts of regional NSW and a small area of Queensland near Goondiwindi.

About electricity easements

What's an electricity easement?

Electricity easements are corridors of land, which allow us clear access at any time to construct, operate, inspect, maintain and repair our power lines and other network infrastructure. They also serve the purpose of keeping power lines a safe distance from dwellings.

While landowners still own the land used for an easement, they’re restricted in how they can use and develop it.

Our easements include those held by the six regional Queensland electricity distribution companies that were amalgamated in 1999 to form Ergon Energy:

  • Far North Queensland Electricity Corporation Limited (FNQEB)
  • North Queensland Electricity Corporation Limited (NORQEB)
  • Mackay Electricity Corporation Limited (MEB)
  • Capricornia Electricity Corporation Limited (CAPELEC)
  • Wide Bay-Burnett Electricity Corporation Limited (WBBEC)
  • South West Queensland Electricity Corporation Limited (South West Power)

How do I find out if there’s an electricity easement over a property?

You can find out if there’s an easement over a property by conducting a title search through the Queensland Government’s titles office.

In some instances, there may be power lines and other network infrastructure on privately owned property but no easement. While there’s no need for formal referral in those cases, you should still take account of where the electricity infrastructure is on the property as part of the overall development.

What are substation sites?

In the context of planning and development, substation sites are premises larger than 50m2 that form part of our electricity supply network. They’re used to change or regulate voltage, control electrical circuits or switch current between circuits.

Substation sites don’t include pole mounted substations, transformers or voltage regulators or pad mounted substations or transformers.

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