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Commercial Construction Checklist

How to keep your building project moving forward

Design for underground and overhead projects

  • This is also the time to think about temporary power and green power options and to consider whether any of these projects would be right for you:
    • streetlights
    • pole relocation
    • EV charging stations
    • Industrial energy efficiency programs
    • PGE’s Dispatchable Standby Generation program
  • You’ll get a confirmation once we’ve received your completed form.
  • Within the next five business days your PGE service and design project manager (SDPM) will call you to discuss the project, and then we will start the design process.
  • Depending on the size and specifics of the project, the design service may take up to 60 days after all necessary information is received.
  • While we’re designing your service, you should obtain any necessary permits from the city/county electrical, construction, easements, tree-trimming, etc.
  • When design is complete, we’ll send you a Line Extension Cost Agreement letter.
  • Please return the signed Line Extension Cost Agreement and any associated payments. The signed LECA agreement is still needed even if no payment is necessary.
  • PGE will then apply for right-of-way permits and also right-of-way traffic control plans, when applicable.

Construction for underground projects

  • After design is final, and at least two weeks prior to digging, arrange a pre-construction meeting between the excavation contractor and PGE at the site.
  • Call 811 or visit Dig Safely Oregon to locate existing underground utilities before digging, as required by state law. This is a free service.
  • All trenching in the right-of-way must be done by a PGE-approved contractor.
  • Complete any trench, vault and conduit work as needed and then contact PGE to inspect conduit in the trench before it is backfilled to ensure it meets code requirements.
  • Please make sure the site is clear, safe and accessible for inspection.
  • After the trench inspection, call the city/county to have the electrical equipment and customer metering approved.

Construction for underground and overhead projects

  • Once the city/county has approved your meter base (with sticker attached), call PGE for your permanent service work connection at 503-323-6700 or 800-542-8818. The city/county does not notify PGE.
  • Your meter base must have the approval sticker attached from the city/county before we can connect your service.
  • If you have multiple points of service, a service work request is needed for each individual connection.
  • Within three business days we will come out and install the meter.
  • Once the meter is approved, a line crew will come out and connect your service within 10 to 14 business days.
  • Please make sure the site is clear, safe and accessible for a line crew and truck.

You can also download a PDF version of the construction checklist.