Right of Way Use
Dominion Energy's high-voltage electric transmission lines run through urban and rural areas. In most cases, Dominion Energy does not own the rights of way on which these transmission lines are located.
Easements allow Dominion Energy to use a property owner’s land to construct, operate and maintain these transmission lines. These agreements are signed by property owners and recorded on the title of the affected real estate.
- Dominion Energy’s guidelines for the use of electric transmission rights of way.
- Brochure about the use of electric transmission rights of way.
- List of suggested species that can be planted within electric transmission rights of way as part of an encroachment request.
Before a property owner makes any changes to the topography of or constructs any improvements within a right of way on their property, they must request permission from Dominion Energy. Property owners should contact Dominion Energy even if they have an approved permit from the city or county. Failure to obtain prior approval could result in the removal of the encroachment at the property owner’s expense.
Prohibited Activities & Items
Safety is paramount for customers and Dominion Energy crews performing work within or near rights of way. A right of way clear of obstructions helps prevent power outages. Dominion Energy requires the entire width of the right of way to be clear of structures and certain types of vegetation (including all trees).
Types of encroachments typically denied
- Buildings, building extensions, building additions or any portion of a building - such as homes, offices, garages, barns, sheds, roof overhangs, gutters, balconies, decks, porches and covered patios
- Most watercraft
- Parallel roads and utilities
- Stored trailers, motor homes/recreational vehicles (RVs) and inoperable vehicles
- Playground equipment
- Solar panels
- Dumpsters and trash receptacles
- Sprinkler systems (excluding drip systems)
- Fire hydrants
- Building materials
- Debris, scrap or waste materials, fill, spoil material, stumps, large boulders, concrete debris, asphalt debris and construction debris
- Retaining walls
- Swimming pools, wells, septic tanks, drain fields (to include engineered systems), fuel tanks and propane tanks
- Storm water ponds, Best Management Practices (BMPs), retention ponds or any man-made pond
- HVAC units
- Burial sites, family plots and cemeteries
- Satellite dishes and television antennas
- Any type of fire or burning
Dominion Energy will review the pertinent easement documents, as well as operational and legal requirements. If permission is granted, Dominion Energy will issue a written consent agreement, which will contain certain conditions by which the encroachment will be allowed to take place or remain on the right of way. All encroachment requests must be submitted to Dominion Energy’s regional right of way representatives.
- Request an encroachment authorization
- Map of the right of way regions, including contact information for the corresponding right of way representatives.