Right-of-Way Use

Dominion's large, high-voltage electric transmission lines run through urban and rural areas, and our "right-of-way" easements (cleared areas beneath the lines) sometimes attract the general public. Some easements have become especially popular among owners of all-terrain vehicles, bicycles and motorcycles.

Unfortunately, accidents have occurred, property has been damaged, and some private properties have been used for dumping trash and other debris.

In most cases, Dominion does not own the land on which a transmission line is located. Our company has a right-of-way on the property, obtained through an easement agreement with the property owner, for our facilities.

Dominion recommends that, in general, the rights-of-way should not be accessed or used by the public for off-road recreational activities or other purposes.

Anyone wanting to use the right-of-way corridor for any purpose needs to obtain permission from Dominion. In addition, if the requestor is not the property owner, permission must be obtained from each property owner along that right-of-way to perform activities on their land.

Prohibited Activities

Dominion will not grant permission for activities that cause concern for safety and liability issues, or erosion and land damage caused to the right-of-way, particularly by ATV abuse as well as trash dumping that often accompanies public activities.

In addition, the following activities, objects or materials are not allowed on our rights-of-way:

  • Dumping of trash, logs, stumps or other debris
  • Trash receptacles
  • Homes
  • Trailers
  • Garages
  • Barns
  • Sheds
  • Playhouses
  • Porches
  • Decks
  • Swimming pools
  • Satellite dishes
  • Television antennas
  • Wells
  • Septic tanks
  • Medium to large growing species of trees

> Learn more about Dominion’s standard right-of-way easements.

Dominion appreciates your understanding and cooperation maintaining safe corridors for these critical facilities. If you have additional questions regarding right-of-way use, please contact us.

Tree Trimming and Vegetation Management

Visit our page on trees and vegetation, or call us at 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357) to request tree trimming or if you have questions.

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