Landscaping is a great way to increase the value of your property and save energy, but trees and shrubs planted too close to power lines and other electrical equipment can create both safety and reliability concerns. You can help maintain power line access and clearance by planning ahead before planting trees and shrubs. These guidelines help ensure a safe and reliable service for all Dakota Electric members.

Overhead power lines

  1. Trees under 15 feet 
    Trees that grow no taller than 15 feet may be planted 15 feet from the electrical wires, but no closer.
  2. Trees under 40 feet
    Trees that grow no taller than 40 feet may be planted 40 feet from of the electrical wires, but no closer.
  3. Trees over 40 feet
    Trees that grow over 40 feet must be planted at least 50 feet from the electrical wires and no closer than 35 feet from buildings to allow proper root development and minimize root damage to buildings.
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