Plan Submittals

for Southern Nevada

Right of Way Management Plan Submittals and Review (for Transmission)

The ROW Management Department manages and maintains NV Energy’s existing and future transmission corridors. This includes transmission corridors containing 69kV, 138kV, 230kV, 345kV or 500kV lines. The following are our procedures to receive and process your plans when constructing improvements within or adjacent to a NV Energy transmission corridor

A more detailed PDF of the Lands ROW Management and Transmission Engineering Uniform Standards is here.

Plan Submittals

A Plan Submittal Package consists of an application for plan submittal review (available here) along with customer’s improvement plans. It also available at the ROW Management Department at 6226 W. Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89146.

The improvement plans must contain, but are not limited to, the following:
• Grading Plans (must show existing and future grades)
• Utility Plans
• Building plans
• Profiles
• Site Development plans
• Landscape Plans
• Lighting plans
• Sign Details (if applicable)
• Grounding Details (if applicable)

All sheets on the improvement plans must identify:
• The location of existing NV Energy transmission poles (with pole numbers, if available).
• The location and width of NV Energy easement/land rights for the NV Energy transmission facilities.

ROW Management will also have the transmission engineering department review your application to see if it meets the transmission engineering standards. Go here to learn more about the criteria the Transmission Engineering Department considers when reviewing Plan Submittal Packages or you can download the full Lands ROW Management and Transmission Engineering Uniform Standards.

NV Energy Approvals

The ROW Management Department, after internal review of the improvement plans, may issue the following approval documents:

No-Conflict Letter – This letter is your authorization from NV Energy for your project to proceed to construction.
Transmission Use Agreement – This agreement sets out the terms and conditions, identifies the specific plans that are being approved and authorizes your project to proceed to construction by NV Energy. This agreement requires the signatures of the property owners and the director of Land Services of NV Energy. This agreement is recorded at the Clark County Recorder’s Office by NV Energy.
Governmental Agency and Utility Authorization Letter – This letter is the approval letter from NV Energy to governmental agencies and it sets out the conditions that are being approved by NV Energy.
PLEASE NOTE: The approvals above are only from the NV Energy Lands Right-of-Way Management Department and the Transmission Engineering Department. Separate approvals are needed from the New Development Center and from the Land Services Department for your electrical needs to serve your project.

Possible Delays for NV Energy Approvals

• Incomplete Plan Submittal Package
• Drawings devoid of poles, easements, grading and other pertaining details
• Improvements found to be not in compliance with electrical clearances, access, and maintenance requirements
• Applicant does not provide requested revisions or information needed to complete the review process
• Applicant's plans require relocation or modification of NV Energy’s facilities

Transmission Engineering Department Requirements

It is critical that the transmission engineering review the Plan Submittal Package for all projects that contain NV Energy’s land rights and transmission facilities. The following information may be used by engineers and planners to utilize and integrate NV Energy transmission corridors within a given project. This information is provided as a reference. Compliance with these guidelines does not guarantee automatic approval of the project.

Development within NV Energy Transmission Corridors
All projects require NV Energy approval for conductor clearances. Customers are responsible for complying with all OSHA and NESC minimum clearances within and outside NV Energy corridors.

NV Energy transmission corridors may typically be utilized (with the proper NV Energy authorization letter/agreement) for the following secondary uses:

• General parking of operational vehicles not exceeding 8’ in height. Non-operational vehicles and trailers are not allowed.
• Driveways
• Passive recreational parks
• Open space/wildlife corridors
• Bike, walking and hiking trails

Certain improvements, for safety and liability reasons, are typically not allowed within NV Energy transmission corridors. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Parking or storage of vehicles exceeding 8’ in height
• Buildings or structures and free standing signs
• Covered parking
• Swimming pools
• Parking lights
• Pine and palm trees
• Metallic fences or block walls
• Trash enclosures
• Excavation, elevation or grade changes
• Playground Equipment
• Parallel utilities

Conductor Clearances
The Transmission Engineering Department typically creates a document entitled “Exhibit A-1” that is attached to the Transmission Use Agreement package. This document illustrates the minimum vertical and horizontal conductor clearances in relation to the transmission line(s) per NEC and NESC standards.

Grade Changes
All proposed changes to grade level anywhere inside the transmission corridor require written approval from NV Energy. Existing grade must be maintained until approvals are obtained. Grade modifications, either lowering or raising, require a pole-by-pole review. Refer to NV Energy standard-D2 for grading requirements near NV Energy transmission poles and easements.

Maintenance Pads
NV Energy has established minimum space requirements around transmission poles for conducting maintenance as illustrated in standard-D3 and standard-D4 . Maintenance pad grades are required to be flat and unobstructed to facilitate smooth maintenance truck operation. Refer to standard-D5 for maintenance truck specifications.

ROW Access
Unobstructed access is required along the length of NV Energy transmission corridors/easement. No gates, walls or other obstructions are typically allowed. Corridors or facilities that are inside of gated communities cannot be blocked with walls. NV Energy must approve any exceptions. Refer to standard-D5 for maintenance truck specifications.

Pole Barriers
If NV Energy transmission poles are adjacent to a roadway or a driveway, certain conditions must be met to ensure the safety of the public and poles. Refer to NV Energy standard-D6 concrete barriers and min. clearances and standard-D1 steel protection barrier for more information.

Grounding Requirements
All metallic objects installed near transmission lines may require grounding. Customer must submit the original copy of grounding details, PE wet-stamped and signed by an electrical engineer for NV Energy approval. The grounding detail must refer to the highest voltage (69kV, 138kV, 230kV, 345kV or 500kV) on the transmission line.

Existing Transmission Corridors
Never assume that existing NV Energy transmission corridors are being fully utilized. Most are capable of accommodating additional lines and equipment, including underground lines and equipment.

Parallel Utilities
NV Energy typically does not allow other utilities like sewer, water, gas or irrigation lines to be built parallel to NV Energy lines within the transmission corridor/easement. Every effort should also be made to locate any above-ground installations such as valves and meters out of NV Energy easements.