Clearance Guidelines for Facilities and Easements

The chart below contains general guidelines to maintain safe clearance distances between structure and landscaping projects, and any utility facilities or easements on or near your property. Different voltages may change requirements. If you have questions about voltages or for subjects not covered below, call 800-242-9137.

If your projects require digging, be sure to call your state's locating service for free marking of any buried utilities.

Wisconsin: Diggers Hotline 800-242-8511 or 811

Michigan: Miss Dig 800-482-7171 or 811

 

utility poles
Utility Poles

overhead electric lines
Overhead Electric
Lines

underground electric/gas lines
Underground Electric/Gas Lines

meter
Electric/Gas Meters
(Click for details)

pad-mounted transformers
Pad-Mounted Transformers

pedestals
Pedestals

Fences
Fences

4 feet horizontal

Cannot be attached to a pole

2 feet
horizontal

3 feet front

1.5 feet sides

10 feet door

3 feet all other sides

3 feet

Pools and
Decks
Pools and Decks

25 feet in any direction from the water

17' in any direction from a pool slide or pool deck

Pools should not be located under conductors

Non-pool decks require 13.5 feet vertical and 7.5 feet horizontal

5 feet from edge of pool or from pool equipment

Cannot be installed directly under pool

3 feet front

1.5 feet sides

Do not enclose meters inside a deck, sunroom or porch

10 feet door

5 feet from pool

3 feet all other sides

5 feet from edge of pool or from pool equipment

3 feet all other sides

Sheds,
Garages, Treehouses, Playhouses & Other
Structures
shed

3 feet horizontal

7.5 feet horizontal

13.5 feet vertical

2 feet horizontal

Cannot be built over lines

 3 feet front

1.5 feet sides

10 feet door

3 feet all other sides

3 feet

Tree Planting & Landscaping
tree

Trees 25-30 feet = 30 feet horizontal

Trees 40 feet or more = 50 feet horizontal

Landscaping and retaining walls - 4 feet horizontal

Trees 25-30 feet = 30 feet horizontal

Trees 40 feet or more= 50 feet horizontal

Landscaping and retaining walls - 14 feet vertical

3 feet

3 feet front

1.5 feet sides

10 feet door

3 feet all other sides

3 feet

Wells, Septic
& Sprinklers
sprinkler

2 feet horizontal

14 feet horizontal from wells

2 feet horizontal

 

2 feet horizontal
 

2 feet horizontal
 

Lighting/Flag Poles
flag

7.5 feet horizontal from extended flag

8 feet vertical

2 feet horizontal
 

3 feet front

1.5 feet sides
 

10
feet door

3 feet all other sides
 

3
feet

TV Antenna/
Satellite Dish
TV antenna

7.5 feet horizontal

8 feet vertical