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Residential Construction & Remodeling Checklist

How to keep your building project moving forward

If you’re building or remodeling a home, this list can help you navigate the process of requesting and getting new electrical service. Many of these steps may have been completed already if your home is within a subdivision. If you’re uncertain of what’s been done, check with the subdivision developer.

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

Design for underground and overhead projects

Once you’re ready to begin, complete our request for service for single family or multifamily and residential development.

Your form needs to include:

  • connected load
  • scaled site plans
  • landscaping plans
  • load schedule
  • other specified details found on the form

This is also the time to think about temporary power and green power options.

  • 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.
  • 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.