Service for New Residential Construction

Step 1: Establish Membership and Service

Before SVEC can provide electric service to your property, you must complete and submit an application for service. If you are not already an SVEC member, you must also submit a completed application for membership. Applications and additional information is available on our Start New Residential Service page.

Steps 2-4 below must also be completed to establish service for a newly constructed home.

Step 2: Meet with SVEC’s Staking Engineer

The staking engineer will work with the member to identify and mark the best locations for any needed poles, meter equipment and power lines. While on the property, the staking engineer will also determine any easement and right of way requirements.

Overhead Primary Line

The primary Line is SVEC’s high-voltage line to the transformer. SVEC will extend its overhead primary line up to 1,200 feet along the path approved by the staking engineer, at no cost to the residential member.

Contribution in Aid of Construction (CIAC)

After the meeting, SVEC’s staking engineer will determine the member’s CIAC cost, if any. The member will contribute 100% of the costs associated with extending a primary line over 1,200 feet. If the member desires a path other than the one approved by SVEC’s staking engineer, the member will pay 100% of the costs (excluding the cost of the meter and overhead transformer) for the entire length of the path.

If the member would like SVEC to install its primary line underground, the member will pay a CIAC equal to the cost difference between overhead and underground lines up to 1,200 feet, plus 100% of any costs associated with extending lines over 1,200 feet.

Note: The 1,200 feet allowance applies to overhead primary residential service only. Line extensions for commercial service and service to RV’s, barns, shops, airplane hangars, pumps, etc. do not receive this allowance. Learn more about CIAC

Step 3: Provide Easement and Clear Right of Way (ROW)

It is the member’s responsibility to obtain any required easements and to clear the ROW path to SVEC specifications before lines can be constructed. The ROW shall be 30 feet wide along the approved path of the primary line. Additional easements may be required from other property owners along the path.

ROW Specifications:

  • All vegetation must be cut or trimmed a minimum of 15 feet on both sides of the path staked for the line and poles.
  • ROW must be cut ground to sky with no overhang into the 30-foot easement.
  • Tree stumps must be cut to ground level.
  • No plants or trees can be planted in the ROW
  • If property is fenced, a 12-foot gate must be provided for SVEC to gain access to the property to maintain the power line. SVEC will provide a lock for its employees to enter the property.
  • After they are cleared, rights of way must be inspected and approved by SVEC.

View ROW Specifications

Step 4: Install Meter Base and Underground Conduit

Underground Service Line

While on the property, the staking engineer will also identify the path of the needed service line. The service line is the line from the transformer to the home. The member is responsible for installing conduit along the approved path and a meter socket per SVEC’s Meter & Service Specifications. SVEC will install its conductor and meter upon approval of the conduit and meter socket by SVEC and the county building department.

Meter & Service Line Specifications

  • Service entrance capacity must be sized to accommodate the anticipated load.
  • Member must install an SVEC-approved meter socket in the SVEC-approved location.
  • Member must provide adequate grounding in accordance with National Electrical Code and local building authorities.
  • Member must install underground conduit per SVEC specifications and conduit must pass SVEC inspection:
    1. Conduit must be gray electrical 2” or larger schedule 40 PVC on SVEC side of meter
    2. Conduit must be buried a minimum of 32” deep. 90 degree, 36” sweeps (“long sweeps”) must be installed at the two ends of the conduit.
    3. Conduit must contain a nylon pull line and be capped at exposed ends. Dye type PVC glue and a partially open trench is required for inspection.


Summary of Steps that Must be Completed Before Job Can be Scheduled by SVEC’s Construction Department

  • Application for membership and/or service submitted
  • Other required information and documents submitted by member:
    • Complete legal description of property (includes property parcel number)
    • Proof of ownership
    • Copy of county building permit
    • Copy of “911” address notification
    • Right of way easement(s)
  • Property staked by SVEC engineer
  • SVEC notified of final approval by county building inspector (given only after well, septic, electric, etc. are all inspected)
  • SVEC notified that property has been marked by sunshine one-call *
  • Right of Way for overhead primary line inspected and approved by SVEC
  • Meter socket and underground conduit inspected and approved by SVEC
  • Any CIAC costs paid by member

* Florida law requires SVEC to send a “Sunshine One-call Notification” a minimum of 48 to 96 hours prior to a job being scheduled by the co-op’s construction department. The notification cannot be sent until all staking and required documents have been completed and signed, and SVEC has received final approval from the county building department.

Other Things to Know

Temporary Service

An applicant for temporary service is required to pay the co-op for the cost of installation labor, removal labor, and non-salvageable materials necessary to provide temporary service.

SVEC will need at least 2-3 weeks’ notice from the applicant prior to final inspection to allow time to stake for underground service or overhead line extensions. The final inspection call-in from the building department does not initiate applicant’s request for permanent service with SVEC.

 Outdoor Lighting

Area lights are available upon request for an additional monthly charge. If additional equipment such as a pole, transformer, wire, etc. is needed, the member will be required to pay the cost of the equipment prior to the installation of the light. A separate fee will also be charged for lights requested after the member’s initial application for service.

 Requirements are Subject to Change

Requirements for establishing new residential service are subject to change without notice. Always check this web page for current requirements.