How can I get a copy of the easement on my property?
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 to reduce our cost of service and customer rates.
Can I put in landscaping next to an underground power facility or transformer?
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 further questions, an Idaho Power distribution designer from your region may be able to assist. Call 208-388-2323, or 1-800-488-6151 from outside the Treasure Valley area and ask to speak with a distribution designer.
There are weeds growing in the Idaho Power easement area on my property. Who is responsible for removing them?
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 land owner.
Can I build a fence within the easement area?
Idaho Power easements do not preclude building fences. However, Idaho Power crews need to be able to access the power line for routine and/or emergency maintenance. If the fence prevents access, our crews may remove a portion of the fence to gain access.
Where is my property boundary line? Can you verify this through your easement records?
Idaho Power doesn’t provide boundary line locations for landowners. Property owners may review their property deed for a written legal description of their property boundaries. Copies of property deeds can be obtained through a local title company or your county recorder’s office if the landowner does not have the deed. If the landowner would like to locate his/her property boundary line on the ground, this service can be provided by a land surveying company.
Idaho Power crews just came in and built a line in the wrong location and/or without permission. Who do I call?
Call 208-388-2323, or 1-800-488-6151 from outside the Treasure Valley area and describe your issue. 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.
My neighbor just moved in and they’ve received a new line extension to their home from the power line I originally paid for. Can I receive a partial refund on my payment for the original power line?
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. However, if you wish to speak with someone directly, call 208-388-2323, or 1-800-488-6151 from outside the Treasure Valley area, and select the “Construction” option. Explain you’re checking on a possible line extension refund, and we will assist with your request.
I’m building a shop or other structure on my property. How close can it be to the power line?
Contact us at 208-388-2323, or 1-800-488-6151 from outside the Treasure Valley area, 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.
I want to lock the gate to my property. How can I allow Idaho Power access while I’m away?