To ensure the safety of the public and employees, service continuity and the maintenance of the network, Hydro-Québec must exercise control of the use of power line rights-of-way and encroachments onto substation property.
Hydro-Québec teams regularly inspect and carry out maintenance work in rights-of-way. The inspections aim to check the condition of the equipment and ensure that those who use the rights-of-way comply with Hydro-Québec regulations. Any encroachment or unauthorized activity may be subject to a non-compliance notice.
In addition, Hydro-Québec personnel regularly check the transformer substation peripheries to make sure that an area of 1.5 m on either side of the fence is clear (no vegetation, snowbanks, equipment or materials).
Don’ts in transmission rights-of-way
- Building or expanding a structure (house, garage, hangar, shed, tank, etc.)
- Modifying the ground elevation by digging or adding material (no excavating, no filling)
- Storing or stacking (wood, snow, earth, waste, debris, materials, etc.)
- Installing a pool (above-ground or in-ground)
- Installing a trampoline, water-play structure, camping trailer or clothesline
- Parking trucks or heavy equipment
- Installing a fence higher than 2.5 m
Activities requiring Hydro-Québec approval in transmission rights-of-way
When Hydro-Québec has a servitude, or easement, on your property, you may still use the land in several ways.
Below is a partial list of activities that are allowed in a transmission right-of-way with prior written approval from Hydro-Québec.
- Parking vehicles on a daily basis and installing concrete curbing
- Landscaping (trees and shrubs, concrete curbing, lighting)
- Modifying the ground elevation
- Building a retention pond (you must purchase the land if it is owned by Hydro-Québec)
- Building a logging road
- Building an ATV trail
- Building a bike or walking path, including curbing, lighting, etc.
- Building infrastructure (storm or wastewater sewer, waterworks, streets, public services, lighting, etc.)
- Building a turnaround area (with or without a loading dock)
- Planting trees (e.g. Christmas trees, cedars)
- Growing berries
- Erecting a private power line (to connect a home to Hydro-Québec’s distribution network)
- Operating a quarry or sandpit
The list is for information purposes only. You must always obtain authorization before carrying out work in a transmission right-of-way.