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    Default Power line/Building code/NESC- boat shed

    Hi,

    This is probably a border-line question for Misc-boats but the depth of knowledge here is huge so I'll risk the offense ...

    I want to build a 15x30 boat shed in my backyard. The problem is that the backyard is split by a residential power line (that follows an abandoned paper street) which limits my options. Moving the utility poles is cost prohibitive. My question is, how close to the power line can I put a building? I think that in the US the National Electrical Safety Code has something to say about set backs for new construction but I can't find the actual code anywhere. Does anyone here know off-hand or have access to the code?

    Thanks for any help you can provide!

    David

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    Default Re: Power line/Building code/NESC- boat shed

    David;
    Check with the utility company that owns the lines they will have the setbacks. There may also be some health issues with a building close to an electromagnetic source.

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    Default Re: Power line/Building code/NESC- boat shed

    I suspect there is an easement and the conditions of the easement do not allow building on the easement.

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    Default Re: Power line/Building code/NESC- boat shed

    Ditto the easement sentiments. Check your properties deed and/or the local utility company. Utility companies can be kinda fussy about stuff under and around their power lines.
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    Default Re: Power line/Building code/NESC- boat shed

    Lulworth,

    I see you are east coast. If you are in Maine you will need to check with the codes enforcement officer in your town in addition to the utility co. The town may have some requirements in excess of the utility co. , I know they do where I am. I had to set my boat shed 75 feet in from the center of the road. And I know I can not put a fence within 20 feet of a plumbline drop from the service line running to my house. Your mileage may differ................

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    Default Re: Power line/Building code/NESC- boat shed

    Thanks everyone. The answer from the power company engineer is the set back is measured from the vertical drop and is either 10 ft or 30 ft if the setbacks are enforced for the paper road. Thanks again.
    David

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    Default Re: Power line/Building code/NESC- boat shed

    I'm gona make a wild guess that a paper road is a road on paper only, one that was part of a subdivision plan but lot sales never required it to be built.

    If that isn't it, just what is a paper road?
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