Pruning or cutting down vegetation near a distribution line
Any hazardous work required to ensure the reliability and safety of electricity service will be done at no charge by Hydro-Québec or a tree trimmer hired by the utility. Owners may to decide whether to finish the job (pick up branches, cut wood and dispose of waste) themselves or to hire a tree trimmer. Owners are responsible for getting those tasks done.
If the work is related to the owners’ need to develop or improve their property (putting in a pool or putting up a garden shed, for instance), and in the course of a trimming or cutting operation part of the tree may come within three metres of a medium-voltage power line, only Hydro-Québec or a tree trimmer hired by the utility may perform the work.
In such a case, the tree owners must call Hydro-Québec. A representative will assess the electrical hazard and offer an agreement describing the tree work and its cost. Owners may to decide whether to finish the job (pick up branches, cut wood and dispose of waste) themselves or to hire a tree trimmer.
Except in the case of government, municipal and community agencies (health centres, hospitals, schools), owners must pay the cost of any hazardous work done to meet their needs.
Charges for tree trimming or cutting and removal may vary significantly (from $25 to $1,500), depending on the tree’s size (diameter) and location.
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