An initiative to help everyone keep a safe distance from electricity, wherever they work.
The No Go Zone initiative, which is supported by CitiPower and Powercor, provides a set of guidelines for workers who are not working for the licensed electricity distribution or transmission companies to safely work around electricity infrastructure.
The initiative specifies minimum distances that people – and the equipment they use – can work near overhead and underground electricity assets, and also provides guidance on the process to be followed where these clearances cannot be met. Equipment covered by the guidelines includes cranes, excavators, concrete pumpers, elevated work platforms (including scissor lifts) and scaffolding.
Remember, before you start work near our overhead or underground network, you may need a Permit to Work from us. If required, this permit will detail the conditions and methods you must adhere to in order to carry out your work. We’ll only issue a permit either after we’ve visited and assessed your work site or when renewing a permit that meets strict criteria. Please click the Permit to Work link below to apply on line for a permit to work. Please note that charges may apply for some applications.
If overhead power lines are nearby, know your No Go Zones
- No work is to commence until ‘permission’ has been granted. Employers may obtain permission from the Powercor/CitiPower
- Alternatively, employers will be deemed to have gained permission if they have developed safe systems of work using industry specific No Go Zone safety procedures endorsed by the Utilities Safety Committee.
- Industry specific No Go Zone safety procedures are available from the Office of the Chief Electrical Inspector, WorkSafe Victoria or the Office of Gas Safety.
- You must follow these safe systems of work at all times. If you cannot comply with these safety procedures, then NO work shall be undertaken without permission from Powercor/CitiPower
Will your equipment be working near overhead power lines?
If the answer is “yes”, you need to be aware of special provisions for plant and equipment operating near overhead power lines. The provisions affect plant and equipment such as Cranes, Concrete Placing Booms, Excavators, Elevated Work Platforms, Tip Trucks and Load Shifters.
If the worksite is near overhead electrical power lines, before any work commences, you must follow the relevant No Go Zone safety procedures:
Details of these special conditions are available from electricity and telecommunications companies,SPI PowerNet, the Office of the Chief Electrical Inspector or WorkSafe Victoria or by visiting Energy Safe Victoria.
If underground services are present, know your No Go Zones
If the worksite contains underground services, before any work commences, you must follow the relevant No Go Zone safety procedures:
- No Go Zone safety procedures are available from all gas, water, telecommunications and electricity companies, the Office of the Chief Electrical Inspector, WorkSafe Victoria or the Office of Gas Safety.
- You must follow these safe systems of work at all times. If you cannot comply with these safety procedures, then NO work shall be undertaken without permission from the utility company.
Further information and checklists for undertaking work near overhead or underground assets are available at Victorian WorkCover Authority.
Have you checked for underground utility services?
No work is to commence on a worksite until you have checked if it contains underground services. Here’s how you can find out.
- The Dial Before You Dig service (call 1100) provides free and easy access to the records of a large number of organisations, including telecommunications, water, electricity and gas.
- To see the list of organisations registered with the service or to log an enquiry electronically, visit the Dial Before You Dig website at https://www.1100.com.au/
Apply for a No Go Zone Assessment
When we receive your application, we will assess it to determine if a site visit and permit to work is required. Please note our application assessment timeframes are subject to volumes and specific site locations. We therefore may require anywhere from up to 10 to 25 working days to contact you and begin assessing your application. If applicable, timeframes and costs (quote estimate) will be discussed with you at the site visit.