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Easements

In order for us to provide electric service to your property, you will need to sign an easement. Below are answers to commonly asked questions about our easement process:

What is an easement?

An easement is a privilege that you, the property owner, grant to us (and sometimes the local telephone company), which allows us to use a part of your property to place and maintain the facilities needed to provide you with service. When you grant a service easement, you are not selling us that part of your property; however, your use of that portion of land is restricted. The easement will be recorded in the Registry of Deeds of the New Hampshire county in which your property is located. An easement does not expire. It remains connected to your land title unless it is released by us.

What happens if I don’t sign the easement?

As outlined in the most current NHPUC Tariff (Electricity Delivery Service Tariff – Line Extensions – Customer Responsibilities), we cannot provide permanent electric service to your property until the original easement document has been signed by you and returned to us.

What is the process for getting an easement?

The attached easement application has specific instructions. Please complete the application and mail it along with your deed and tax map as soon as possible, even if you are months away from needing electric service. If a section does not apply to you, simply put N/A in the box. Incorrect or incomplete information will delay service installation.

When all the required paperwork is received by our Construction Services Support Center, it will be forwarded to our real estate department for review. The real estate department will draft the easement document and mail (or email) it to you.

You will need to sign the document before a Notary Public or Justice of the Peace. Once signed, you will need to return the original document to us.

How long will this process take?

Once all of the required documents (application, deed, and tax bap) are received by our real estate department, it can take up to 8 weeks to process.

What if I don’t have a copy of my deed?

You can obtain a copy of your deed from the Registry of Deeds of the New Hampshire county in which your property is located. Registry personnel will help you find the document if you are unfamiliar with the process.

What if you are unable to install equipment on my neighbor’s property so that you can access mine?

You will need to approach your neighbor and get permission from them to do so. We cannot negotiate for you. Your neighbor will also need to grant an easement to us and your phone company.

Can I email you or fax my easement once it is signed?

We need your original signed document in order for the easement to be officially recorded at your country’s Registry of Deeds. Without it, the easement requirement cannot be satisfied.