Building & Renovating
Building and Renovating
Whether you’re building a new home or completing a renovation, we’re here to help every step of the way. We've created a step-by-step guide to help you navigate through the building and renovating process.
Step 1: CALL US
Building a home or renovating and need power? To get started, simply give us a call at 1-800-428-6230.
Please ensure you have your:
- Contact information including email address
- Building permit number, if you have one already
During this call we will give you a firm scheduled date for your site consultation with a Nova Scotia Power planner. Then it's over to us.
Step 2: SITE CONSULTATION
Step 3: YOUR TO DO LIST
We will let you know what steps you need to complete. Here are some examples:
1. Apply for a Municipal Building Permit
2. Hire a certified electrician.
3. If required, pay fee – under normal circumstances we will supply up to
92 metres of equipment free of charge.
4. If required, have a Grant of Easement signed by you and the neighbour who has the property the right-of-way will need to go through. During the site visit, the planner assesses the customer's easement and right-of-way needs. View the ‘Expert Answers – Easements’ videos below to learn more.
a. Download the Grant of Easement and instructions (PDF)
5. Tree trimming for right-of-way clearing.
a. The right-of-way must be cleared of tall trees or shrubs that could pose safety hazards or could grow to damage electrical equipment and cause power interruptions. Depending on the situation, you could be required to clear between 10-20 feet (approximately 3 - 6 metres) on either side of the power line.
6. If required, rock breaking for pole installation is determined during the site consultation.
Step 4: OUR TO DO LIST
Determining the costs for additional equipment and labour.
- We supply up to 92 metres of equipment free of charge.
- Sending you a quote outlining your fee to be paid and processing the financial transaction.
- Connecting a service wire from street power lines to a temporary structure built by your electrician.
- Determining ownership of street utility poles and obtaining permits to use poles.
If site location requires underground wiring, Nova Scotia Power will work with the appropriate utilities to locate underground gas, sewer pipes, and phone wires.
Performing tree trimming if needed near primary lines. All other tree trimming performed by the customer.
We work with you to ensure your required actions are completed.
Step 5: WIRING
Your electrician will apply for the wiring permits and must coordinate all inspections with Nova Scotia Power's Wiring and Permits Team. During different stages of construction or renovation, a Nova Scotia Power wiring inspector will visit your property to perform the inspections.
There are four types of inspections:
- Temporary inspection.
- Rough-in inspection.
- Service Entrance inspection before power is hooked up. A Wiring Inspector looks at the service equipment and meter base outside your home and your electrical panel inside your home.
- Final inspection after all electrical work is completed.
If the work was done as part of a newly constructed home or if a substantial portion of the electrical installation has been replaced, the Wiring Inspector will stick a final inspection sticker to the inside of your electrical panel once passed.
Step 6: CONNECTING YOUR POWER
After a successful service inspection and your to-dos are checked off, we will come and connect your power. A power line crew will run the service wire from the street utility pole (or from the temporary structure) to your home and install your electrical meter, completing the power connection.
- Signing up for paperless billing should be next on your list.