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Easements

Riverport Electric Light Commission obtains easements so its equipment may be placed on a property that it does not own.

As such, RELC has the right to:

  • Access your land to install the lines
  • Install utility poles
  • Enter your land to repair the utility lines
  • Enter your land to repair the poles and equipment

In essence, the easement is a right granted to RELC to access, install, maintain and repair utility lines on your property.

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GUIDE - HOW TO REGISTER AN EASEMENT

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Frequently Asked Questions
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WHAT IS AN EASEMENT?

When you buy a home and its associated land, your property title might include or require an easement that gives RELC the right to cross or access it. An easement held by RELC allows us to erect and maintain electric power equipment on your land. The easement gives RELC the right to use a property for this specific purpose only.

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WHY ARE EASEMENTS REQUIRED

They are necessary for the construction, maintenance and operation of power lines. Easements must be clear of accessory buildings, such as sheds or garages, and trees in order to provide safe, reliable electrical service.

Line crews require access over an easement if a power outage occurs to repair or install new equipment and to undertake service. If obstacles are encountered that impede access, this could affect our ability to restore power or effect service in a safe and timely manner.

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HOMEOWNERS AND EASEMENTS

Many homeowners have underground or overhead power lines running through their properties. All types of utility companies are granted easements on the lands over or under which their lines run. RELC has an easement to use the portion of your land on which its poles and lines sit. However, RELC doesn’t own the land.

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OWNER RIGHTS

As the owner of a property hosting RELC’s easement, you’re entitled to reasonable use of the land over which the easement runs, but you can’t unduly or unreasonably interfere with the right of RELC to use its easement. Finally, you’re still responsible for paying property taxes on the property where the easement runs.

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WHAT ARE THE DIMENSIONS OF AN EASEMENT

Typically, an easement is 40 feet for residential power lines but is wider for high voltage lines or structures.

Nova Scotia Land Regisration System
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HOW DO I REGISTER THE EASEMENT DOCUMENT AT THE LAND REGISTRATION OFFICE?

After the easement is completed and the sketch has been signed by RELC’s lead technician, you will need to register the easement at the Land Registration Office.

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN IF MY PROPERTY IS NOT PART OF THE LAND REGISTRATION SYSTEM?

If your property has been migrated into the Land Registration System only an authorized lawyer can record the easement document on title to your property using an approved form.

If your property has not been migrated into the Land Registration System you can record the document using a form 44. The registration district is the county. A copy of the form 44 can be found at https://novascotia.ca/sns/pdf/ans-property-form-44.pdf

The form 44 must be attached when submitting the easement document and the correct fee must also be attached in order for the easement document to be registered. The package must be sent to the Land Registration Office on Logan Road in Bridgewater.

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NOVA SCOTIA LAND REGISTRATION SYSTEM

Guide: How to Register an Easement:

Land Registration System:
More information on the Land Registration System can be found at: https://novascotia.ca/sns/access/land/land-registry.asp

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IF I SIGN AN EASEMENT WILL I HAVE TO HAVE MY PROPERTY MIGRATED INTO THE LAND REGISTRATION SYSTEM?

No. There are certain circumstances where you are required to migrate your property into the Land Registration System, such as when you sell more lots. Entering into an easement agreement does not require you to have your property migrated into the Land Registration System.

Land Registration System:
More information on the Land Registration System can be found at: https://novascotia.ca/sns/access/land/land-registry.asp

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