Key Considerations When Installing Electricity on Subdivided Land

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Key Considerations When Installing Electricity on Subdivided Land

26 February 2020
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Properties on stable sites are hotcakes in Australia today because most desirable areas have already been developed. Therefore, if you want to own property in Australia, you need to take advantage of the current demand for land and subdivide it before developing the subdivisions for commercial use. However, before you do that, you must understand that the government requires new developments to be connected to the national electricity grid. This involves installing a basic lighting infrastructure in all new properties before they are commissioned for occupation. If this information is new to you, then here is what you need to know. Read on. 

Draw Development Plan Before Application — Before you apply for subdivision, you are expected to submit a development plan to the local lands office. This allows the lands office to determine whether your development plans are in line with local ordinances. Similarly, you need to provide a proposed subdivision electrical reticulation plan to the electricity vendor together with your connection application. The plan should detail how you will install lighting infrastructures such as pathways, pits and conduits. Once the agents study the plan, they will estimate the charges as well as the duration of the installation. 

Approvals Are Conditional — Some developers believe that once their proposed subdivision electrical reticulation application has been approved, then they can go ahead and begin the development process. However, nothing could be further from the truth because the government only gives conditional approvals on a case-by-case basis. For instance, if you have to pay site inspection charges or a bond, the approval of your application is conditional on these charges. If you fail to pay the charges on time, then the vendor will not deploy lighting infrastructure. Make sure you understand the conditions laid out by the electric vendor/supplier. 

Build Once, Build Right — Applying for lighting connection on subdivisions can be expensive. However, it depends entirely on the size of the subdivisions. That is why it is recommended that developers install lighting infrastructure at the construction stage. This way, any mistakes can be corrected immediately, thereby preventing extra costs. However, if you wait until the construction is complete to make the connections, then any mistakes will lead to delays. For example, you might be forced to pull down walls to run critical electrical wiring. By using the build once, build right strategy, you will save yourself time and money. Most importantly, ensure you use the right vendor or an electrical company that understands their trade. 

To learn more about subdivision street lighting and electricity, consult a resource in your area.