There are many steps that go into providing reliable power, including safely installing and maintaining electrical infrastructure and facilities. One way we do this is with the use of easements.
An easement is a legal right of one party to use the real property of another for a specific purpose. Granting an easement does not grant ownership of the land; it simply allows the other party to use that land in a very specific manner. For Idaho Power, easements granted to us provide us the required working space and permission to safely install and access our facilities.
The three main types of easements allowing the company legal rights to our facilities include:
- Idaho Power utility easements
- Public utility easements
- Road right-of-way easements
Release of Easements
Occasionally, easements are no longer required or must be adjusted due to changing property needs. Examples include:
- Adding onto your home
- Building a shop
- Completing a lot line adjustment
- Developing a 100-home subdivision
Releasing an Idaho Power easement, relinquishing a public utility easement or vacating a road right-of-way easement involves an application process. The application process determines if Idaho Power facilities are present and if the easement is needed for future Idaho Power lines and facilities. This process requires a fee and may take up to 10 weeks to complete.
A good rule of thumb is that if electrical facilities are present, Idaho Power will not release the easement until a replacement is identified and a new easement is recorded with the local county.
Please note: Idaho Power does not offer easement research. To get a copy of your easement, contact your local title office.