Your best resource is a local title company or your county recorder’s office. Idaho Power does not offer easement research. However, we can answer questions about the easement document itself. This helps reduce our cost of service and customer rates.
Idaho Power easements include Idaho Power’s right to access the easement area and remove vegetation when necessary to access our facilities. If you have questions, an Idaho Power distribution designer from your region might be able to help. Call 208-388-2323, or 1-800-488-6151 from outside the Treasure Valley and ask to speak with a distribution designer.
An easement simply grants Idaho Power the right to use the land for its power facilities; it does not grant ownership of the land. Idaho Power may treat vegetation around power poles to prevent fires, but any weed maintenance is the responsibility of the landowner.
Idaho Power easements do not preclude building fences. However, Idaho Power crews need to be able to access the power line for routine or emergency maintenance. If the fence prevents access, our crews might remove a portion of the fence to gain access.
Idaho Power does not provide boundary line locations for landowners. Property owners can review their property deeds for written legal descriptions of their property boundaries. Copies of property deeds can be obtained through title companies or your county recorder’s office if the landowner does not have the deed. Surveying companies can locate your property boundary lines on the ground.
Call 208-388-2323, or 1-800-488-6151 from outside the Treasure Valley and describe your concern. You will be routed to the regional operation center for your area. Our easement specialists can review easement documents and accompanying legal descriptions, but the regional operations center can provide information on actual power line installations.
The refund process for customer power line extensions is handled through our regional operations centers. This is an automated process, and a check should be sent to you if you are entitled to a refund. If you wish to speak to someone directly, call 208-388-2323, or 1-800-488-6151 from outside the Treasure Valley, and select the “Construction” option. Explain you’re checking on a possible line extension refund. We will help with your request.
Contact us at 208-388-2323, or 1-800-488-6151 from outside the Treasure Valley, in advance if you have any questions regarding necessary clearances for Idaho Power lines. Our distribution designers can address the required clearances for your situation. Clearances may be required by the National Electric Safety Code, internal Idaho Power clearance standards, Idaho’s power line safety act, or as determined on a case-by-case basis.