Commercial Service Requirements
Section A -
Welcome to Central Lincoln
This handbook provides you with Central Lincoln People's Utility District
requirements for new or altered electric service for permanent non-residential
electric service installations of less than 600 volts. This handbook covers
multi-family and nonresidential services such as commercial buildings,
condominium complexes, apartment buildings, and mobile home parks.
The handbook contains information that will help you to answer questions
How do I install a temporary meter base?
How do I install a permanent meter base?
Where should I install the meter base?
Where will the service route be?
What are the size requirements for the meter base?
How do I install underground service?
How do I install my meter base?
How do I get the existing underground utilities located before I dig?
The answers to these and many other questions are here. If you have any
additional questions, please call your nearest service office. You'll find a
directory of these offices
Information regarding the installation of permanent, single family
residential services, barns, and garages is available in Central Lincoln's
Residential Services Electric Service Handbook. Electric Service Handbooks
are available free of charge from any Central Lincoln service office.
If you have any general questions regarding billing, if you want to
establish service, or if you're ready to have your service hooked up, call
your local Central Lincoln office.
Service can be obtained for your project by calling our service office, and
providing the following:
- Legal description for property, including site address.
- Survey of property with orientation to quarter-section.
- Plat map of property, including Assessor's Map and Tax Lot numbers.
- Road right of way with entrance to property.
- Load data sheet for 3-phase services.
Several of the above plans may be included in one drawing. After
you have begun a Customer Request For Service and delivered Central Lincoln
your plans, the engineering technician can then begin the design. (AutoCad
drawings of your project are recommended, if available.)
Beginning Your Customer Request for Service
Before Central Lincoln can begin working on your project, a Customer
Request For Service must be established. Please contact our nearest service
office to start the request. A representative will also request billing
information. There is a processing fee to establish a new account. This
fee will be included on your first service bill.
Temporary vs. Permanent Power
Temporary power is generally used for the construction phase of your
building project. Temporary power may be installed as either overhead or
underground service (see Temporary Service Section).
All new permanent power installations will be underground. Permanent
power is provided after your structure is built and meets all the requirements
stated in pertinent sections. (Central Lincoln will continue to serve
existing overhead service installations.)
Before Central Lincoln installs your new service you must contact us and
begin a Customer Request for Service. That request provides
Central Lincoln's field personnel with the information they need to install
your permanent service.
When you call to order your temporary or permanent service, a
representative will ask you the following critical questions. Please be
prepared to answer them, as your answers will help determine how your project
What type business is this service for?
How many square feet in your building?
Will you have electric heat or gas?
Will you have a heat pump, furnace or zonal heating?
Will you have gas or electric water heat?
What voltage rating is required for your service?
When will you be ready for service?
Inspections and Codes
This handbook should be used as a guide. It does not cover all possible
federal, state, or local code requirements. It is your responsibility to
ensure that your project complies with the most recent issue of the National
Electrical Code (NEC) and any other federal, state, or local codes that may
Once your service equipment is installed, the state requires that your
service equipment installation pass an electrical inspection before we connect
you to our system. Electrical inspections are performed by different agencies,
depending on your location. See below for your local electrical inspection
Electrical Inspection Agency
Lincoln County Planning Dept. (Electrical)
Newport City Hall
Lane County Facilities Dept.
Florence City Hall
State Building Codes Division
State Building Codes Division
Lakeside City Hall
Reedsport City Hall
Contacting Other Utilities
New construction typically involves the installation of water, sewer,
telephone cables, cable television cables and natural gas lines, as well as
It is your responsibility to notify each of the utilities that you wish to
provide service to your project. You should get the name and phone number for
a contact at each utility and let each of them know which other utilities will
be providing you service. Check your local phone book for their numbers.
You are required to install your meter base in a place that is accessible
to Central Lincoln. All locations are subject to approval by a Central Lincoln
representative. If you have questions regarding meter location, call our
nearest service office.
- It must be outside.
- It must be located on, or within 4' of, the side of your building
closest to normal public access.
- It must be in an area that is not likely to be fenced.
- It must be located on a structure that is owned by you and be 5 to 6
feet above finished ground level, unless on underground pedestal. Then it
must be 3-6 feet above finished ground level.
The reasons for these requirements are:
So Central Lincoln's meter readers can read your meter in a safe and
So Central Lincoln can efficiently maintain the meter.
So employees can stay out of your fenced yard.
If you have a fire, we can disconnect your service.
Due to the corrosive climate along the Oregon coast, we recommend that you
use a corrosion-resistant meter base that is state-approved.
For conventional buildings, the meter base should be placed on the
street-side exterior of the building, or a maximum of four feet around
the corner from that wall (See shaded area in Figure A-1). As an
alternative, a pedestal may be placed away from the building, such as near a
street or driveway, with approval of Central Lincoln Engineering Department.
We offer the following standard types of services for non-residential
120/208 volts, 3 wire*
120/240 volts, 3 wire**
120/240 volts, 4 wire***
120/208 volts, 4 wire
120/240 volts, 4 wire
277/480 volts, 4 wire
Available only if 120/208 volt secondary is existing at the
location at the time of application for service.
** Available for loads up to a maximum demand of 100 kW. Larger
loads may be served if determined feasible by the Customer's engineer. (No
motors shall exceed 7-1/2Hp.)
***Not available for new construction, except for small loads (25 HP
maximum) in areas where a full 3-phase system is not available.
Removing and installing meters
Only authorized and qualified Central Lincoln personnel shall remove and
install meters. In special circumstances, exceptions may be granted to
qualified electrical contractors by contacting Central Lincoln's meter
department or customer service department and receiving approval. With some
types of meter bases, removal of the meter does not de-energize the customer's
Building Near Central Lincoln Facilities
During construction of a new building, or any other structure, caution
needs to be taken regarding existing underground or overhead powerlines and
The customer will be responsible for any damages to Central Lincoln
equipment, or any encroachment on clearance requirements that requires
relocation of facilities. Check with Central Lincoln before any excavation or
construction to avoid conflicts.
Locking and Sealing of Electric Service Entrance
You are required to provide a means of access to all service entrance
equipment. In the event this can't be accommodated, you need to obtain Central
Lincoln approval for equipment location, or provide means for a dual locking
The dual locking mechanism must provide an attachment system to accommodate
a lock for your use and a Central Lincoln lock for our access. The mechanism
must be approved by Central Lincoln before installation.
In the event this cannot be accommodated, you will be required to move the
meter, or the metering equipment, outside of the locked area to a location
approved by Central Lincoln.
All service entrance equipment, including interrupting mechanisms, CT
enclosures, main breakers, and disconnect switches located ahead of the
Central Lincoln meter, must have provision for installation of a Central
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