What to do if there’s a power line near where you want to plant a tree
Use our online tool to choose the right tree or shrub. It can help you select a type of tree or shrub that suits you and is compatible with the power distribution system.
The search tool gives all the details about the trees and shrubs listed, with photos. It also tells you the safe planting distance from a distribution line. By planting at least that far away, you can avoid all kinds of problems. You’ll ensure your tree has all the space it needs to grow without losing its natural shape or coming too close to a medium-voltage power line.
Special case: Climbing plant + power line = DANGER
Never place a climbing plant where it could grow up a utility pole. In the long run, that would be sure to create a dangerous situation.
What to do if there may be underground utilities
You think there might be underground power, telecommunications, TV cable, sewer, natural gas or water lines or other utilities where you want to dig?
What to do if there’s a pad-mounted cabinet
In neighborhoods with an underground distribution system, cables are buried in underground conduits, while metal cabinets above ground contain other equipment.
Never dig around a pad-mounted cabinet. There are actually live wires and ground wires buried around the pad. Digging there could be dangerous and damage the devices that keep the equipment safe.
Clearance in front of a pad-mounted cabinet
You should leave at least 4 m clear in front of a pad-mounted cabinet so the doors can open and to keep maintenance workers safe
Clearance at sides and back
You should leave a 1.5-m strip clear beside and behind a pad-mounted cabinet. It’s important not to plant any trees or shrubs in this strip.
Branches and foliage
Tree and shrub branches and foliage must not come within 60 cm of the cabinet. Flowers must also be planted the same distance away.
Be sure to regularly maintain trees and shrubs planted close to a pad-mounted transformer so they don’t start to grow over it.
Never put anything in front of a pad-mounted cabinet
Hydro-Québec employees have to be able to locate this equipment easily and have access to it at all times for normal maintenance and emergency repairs.