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Temporary connection for a domestic property

Temporary connection for a domestic property

0800 029 4280

Also known as a Temporary Builders Supply (TBS), you usually need this service if:

  • You are applying for up to four single-phase connections
  • You need one three-phase connection up to 70kVA (100Amp)
  • You are supplying premises with up to four metering points
  • The meter position is less than 43m from the nearest main (likely to be in the footpath)
  • You are undertaking building or refurbishing works
How long will the work take?

11 weeks from payment

This is an approximate time that the work could take, from quote acceptance and receipt of payment. Please be aware that during periods of high workload the times indicated may vary.

How much will this cost?

Average price is £1200 excluding VAT

This cost can vary considerably, depending on what’s involved. Other services which may affect the cost are explained below. .

How much will this cost?
   

An electrician

Before you can use your power tools, you will need to employ a qualified electrician who will charge you a fee for installing temporary electricity for the building site. They will need to certify their work.
   

Excavating in the highway

We always have to dig in the footpath or road to connect a new underground supply. Only an accredited company can dig in the highway. The local authority may charge us to close the footpath or road which can delay work. Please note that in rare circumstances this could cost up to £10,000 and it could take up to three months to obtain permits.
   

Parking

Do you have a parking space we can use to get close to the power cable? If not, there may be an extra cost incurred (£30 to £300 dependant on the rate) to arrange this with the local authority.
   

Fitting your electricity meter

You need to arrange for your electricity supplier to fit the electricity meter.
   

Kiosk

You will need to build a brick or glass reinforced plastic kiosk to house the electricity supply and electricity meter.
Further information

If you have any questions, please contact our team on 0800 029 4280.

What next?
1. Enquiry and application

Once you have an understanding of the potential costs involved and you are confident that you wish to go ahead. Please complete and submit an application form.
2. Quotation

Having applied, we will provide you with a formal quotation. This will be valid for 365 days, after which time the quote will expire
3. Payment

We require full payment before any work is started. Normally we accept card payments, cheques and BACS/CHAPS.

When you pay we will appoint a co-ordinator who will support you in getting your connection delivered.
4. Site visit

We will arrange a site visit to firm up plans. It is advisable for you and your electrician and possibily your builder to be there. Sometimes we might need to undertake a site visit before you have made payment.
5. Agreeing dates

We may be able to provide dates for your work with you on site. If we can't we will contact you to agree dates.
6. Your on-site work

You will need to carry out any on-site works according to the design drawn up at your site visit. You also need to ensure your electrician has completed all his works and prepared a certificate that your electricity supplier will want to see when they connect your meter.
7. Making your connection

If your new or altered supply requires us to carry out any excavations we will normally complete this one or two days before the electrical works. It is helpful if your electrician is available on the day we complete the electrical works.
8. Installing or moving your meter

You will need to arrange for your electricity supplier to fit or move your electricity meter. You should give your electricity supplier at least two weeks' notice. If you have not arranged metering you will be without power. If you are having a new meter installed we will provide you with an MPAN number to give your electricity supplier.