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

Structure Utility poles Overhead electric
lines
Underground electric/gas lines Electric/gas meters Pad-Mounted transformers Pedestals
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   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 and other structures 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
and landscaping
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 and sprinkler 2 feet horizontal 14 feet horizontal from wells 2 feet horizontal   2 feet horizontal 2 feet horizontal
Lighting/Flag poles   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 7.5 feet horizontal

8 feet vertical