SA Power Network (SAPN)
Notice of Defective Electrical Installation
Have you received a “Notice of Defective Electrical Installation” from SAPN?
SAPN’s Electricity officers attend properties for routine asset inspections in accordance with the Electricity Act and Regulations of South Australia.
When an electrical installation “fails” an inspection, the electrical officer will provide you with a Defective Electrical Installation notice (see sample letter) and may disconnect your power pending the severity of the hazard or installation. In the notice, there will also be additional details that will show you what the issue is.
What it does not show is how to fix it, but points you to additional rules and laws, which can be difficult to understand.
As this is the case, we will be happy to provide you with advice and steps forward to rectify this issue to get your power up and running safely, or to get it rectified according to the notice.
About the Notice of Defective Electrical Installation?
The Notice of Defective Electrical Installation will indicate if the issue is an Unsafe Electrical Installation that needs to be fixed or a service point that needs to be moved.
Unsafe Electrical Installation
If the notice is issued due to a Safety issue, the SAPN Electrical Officer would indicate this and disconnect the supply of electricity to your home until such time that the Electrical Installation is considered safe again. SAPN will reattend the property to determine that the electrical installation is safe, and will either reconnect the electricity supply or discuss the next steps to getting your electricity supply back again. All electrical work in Adelaide needs to be conducted by a certified electrician.
Occupational Health and Safety, plus SAPN take worker safety as a priority and as such, electrical service points need to be easily accessible to SAPN’s Electricians. This means that physical structures that have been built or bushes and trees that have grown may now be obstructing access to the service point, making it an unsafe working area. Due to the new regulations and standards, SAPN Electricians will no longer be able to access these service points. Obstructions may include, but are not limited, to the below:
>> Carport / Verandah
>> Shed / Fence
>> Garden / Tree / Ground Levels
>> Condition of service point attachment
Another issue, which will be indicated by SAPN’s Electrical Officer
Unless your service point has been relocated to a safe location that complies with the Service Installation Rules and has unhindered access, SAPNs’ officers will not be able to reinstate the electricity supply to your home should the service fuse fail.
Who Pays for the electrical repairs and /or relocation of the service point?
It is the responsibility of the property owner to maintain their electrical installations and that all electrical installations are maintained and are in a safe condition. This means that it will be the responsibility of the property owner to pay for the electrical services, which must be provided by a certified electrician.
Need more Advice and Support?
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