Transmission Facilities Relocation Process

Note: This process is for the relocation of electric transmission facilities and not for distribution facilities.  Follow this hyperlink if you need assistance in identifying a transmission structure vs. a distribution structure.

At the property owner's request and upon approval by Duke Energy, transmission facilities will be relocated provided:


How To Request The Relocation Of Transmission Facilities

Complete the application to Relocate Transmission Facilities and mail nine (9) sets of your development plan indicating your preferred relocation route for the transmission facilities along with your wetlands delineation survey, topographical survey, landscape plan, utility plan, electrical plan, grading plan, lighting plan, plan and profiles, location map, aerial map, preliminary plat drawing, boundary survey of parent tract with existing transmission structures identified with their line code and structure number(s), legal description of parent tract, proof of ownership (deed), and a non-refundable processing fee in the amount of $2500.00 payable to Duke Energy to:

Duke Energy
ATTN: Joel Chatham
3300 Exchange Place, NP2C
Lake Mary, FL 32746
407-942-9640 (Office)

Basic Timeline Of A Transmission Relocation

There are many variables and potential project risks that can impact the schedule. This is why it is critical for customers to get their plans, application, and check to us as soon as possible to start the process.

Initial Review - Minimum review time for any project is approximately four to six weeks. Number of poles to be moved and the amount of technical complexity of the design extends this time. Some projects can be more challenging if they involve clearing and other underground utilities. This requires that the customer and Duke Energy work closely together to coordinate. If the project is determined to be feasible, preliminary estimates are given to the customer to cover reimbursement costs to Duke Energy.

Engineering/Design - Minimum design time for any project is six weeks. More time may be necessary depending upon the number of poles to be moved and the amount of technical complexity of the design and other system projects. Any Real Estate activities required will be initiated during this time. Estimates will be given to the customer/developer for reimbursement costs.

Material Procurement - As soon as the project is designed, we will order the necessary materials. Material lead times can run anywhere from 12-16 weeks from order to delivery. Some structure types such as large steel poles currently have a six-month lead-time. Schedule on some items may be reduced for a premium.

Construction - Once materials are secured, a schedule for the work is made with our construction resources. This may require a three-month lead-time due to our limited construction resources. The duration and completion of the project will depend upon the complexity of the installation. Situations that could also hinder this time frame include line outage availability, weather conditions, system emergencies and other priority system construction projects.

Notice To Proceed & Authorization And Agreement

After completion of a preliminary test, Duke Energy will prepare a contract entitled “Authorization and Agreement”.  Please be aware, that the actual cost may vary from estimated cost. Any differences from the actual costs will be either invoiced or refunded to the customer. Your representative will also advise you of the estimated completion date for the relocation of our transmission facilities.

Return the fully executed Authorization and Agreement within 30 days of receipt, your check made payable to Duke Energy for the entire amount of the estimated relocation costs, a current title report, a certified survey of the new transmission easement and a certified legal description of the new transmission easement on 8 ½ x 11 paper to:

Duke Energy
ATTN: Joel Chatham
3300 Exchange Place, NP2C
Lake Mary FL. 32746
407-942-9640 (Office)

New Transmission Easement

Duke Energy will prepare the new transmission easement and forward to you for execution. All new easements must be properly executed and in receipt prior to construction. The new easement must be free from all encumbrances, liens, conservation easements and other obstructions to a free and clear right of way. Depending on the requirements of the relocation of our transmission facilities, the new easement width may, on occasion, be greater than the width of the easement being vacated.

Clearing The Right Of Way

The applicant is responsible for any right of way clearing work based upon Duke Energy Specifications. Right of way clearing must be completed prior to the commencement of Duke Energy’s relocation construction activities. The duration and completion of the relocation of transmission facilities will depend upon the complexity of the relocation. Other factors that could affect the construction schedule include crew availability, line outage availability, weather conditions, system emergencies and other priority system construction projects.

Scheduling The Project Work

Duke Energy must be in receipt of all necessary documents, including an Encroachment Agreement, if applicable, before scheduling the work and ordering materials. Upon receipt of the fully executed documents, project materials will be ordered. Depending upon the nature of the transmission facility relocation (type and number of structures, etc.), allow 8 to 30 weeks for delivery of material. The Duke Energy Representative will keep you advised of the tentative construction move in date (CMI).

Releasing The Old Transmission Right Of Way

Once an easement has been executed for the new transmission alignment and the Transmission facilities have been removed from the old transmission alignment, a Full or Partial Release of Easement will be executed and recorded. You must provide a certified sketch and metes & bounds description of the easement area to be released. See Survey Specifications for further details.

Encroachments In The New Transmission Right Of Way

If proposed improvements are located within the new transmission facility easement area, refer to our Transmission Right of Way Use Guidelines for further instructions. We suggest you start this process immediately so it will not delay your construction date. The fee for the Transmission Right of Way Use application will be waived.

How To Contact Us

Throughout this process, you may work with several Duke Energy Representatives. However, for your convenience, you may direct all inquiries to Joel Chatham at 407-942-9640 or email