Allowed near distribution lines

As long as you observe the regulatory safety distances and ensure that Hydro-Québec teams can access the area, you may:

  • build a fence with a gate
  • plant an ornamental hedge
  • pave a driveway
  • install an outbuilding of less than 13 m2 (e.g. a shed) as long as the structure can be moved at any time at Hydro-Québec’s request

When in doubt, contact Hydro-Québec!

Request regarding work near distribution lines

Prohibited near distribution lines

You may not:

  • build a structure over 13 m2
  • install an in-ground or above-ground pool
  • fly a kite or any other object that could come in contact with the line
  • modify the ground elevation by digging or adding material
  • put up a clothesline
  • build a sewage disposal field
  • carry out any other type of activity or intervention that does not comply with electrical safety rules or which could be detrimental to the functioning of the power lines

The list is not exhaustive and only pertains to distribution lines. There are more stringent restrictions around transmission lines.

For example, building a shed under a distribution line in a transmission right-of-way is prohibited.

When in doubt, contact Hydro-Québec!

Request regarding work near distribution lines