Date added - 25 April 2012
To arrange a new electricity connection for your self build home or for a temporary supply while you build, you need to contact a 'Distribution Network Operator' (DNO) for the connection and an 'energy supplier' to arrange a meter.
The electricity distribution network in the UK is divided into a number of geographical areas, operated by a several licensed distribution network operators who maintain the network and provide new connections.
The electricity itself is supplied and metered by energy suppliers who buy it in bulk from electrical generation companies. They then pay the DNOs to transmit the power through their networks to the points of use.
As you will know if you have read the rest of our section on utility and service connections, these connections can have lead times running into many weeks and can get complicated, so do your research early and know what to expect (some companies are currently quoting 12 weeks from receipt of a complete application). Keep an accurate log of your correspondence and dont be fazed if you get passed around different departments or sub-contracted companies.
As a self builder it is often useful or necessary to have a temporary electric supply on site for power tools, site facilities or even the caravan youll be living in.
In this instance you can apply to the distributor for a temporary connection within the site boundary which can be re-routed to your house once your build is complete.
A temporary supply usually requires a secure and watertight cabinet to be installed within the site boundary containing meter tails (wires), consumer unit and power point already installed by a qualified electrician.
I suffered many hours ribbing from the lads on site for my 'rabbit hutch' temporary electric box.
Youll also need to arrange for a meter to be installed by an energy supplier after the connection is made.
Check the requirements with both your DNO and energy supplier so you can have everything in place before they turn up on site! An earth rod is sometimes required for a temporary supply with an earth cable to the cabinet.
This process and the requirements of different companies vary so please contact your local DNO for clarification.
The links above will take you to the distribution network operators websites where you can find links to their new electricity connection pages and more information on costs, procedures and requirements.
Note - The majority of new electricity connections will be through one of these companies but in some rare cases the supply might be operated by an independent distribution network operator (IDNO). The DNO for your general area should be able to advise you if this is the case and who you should contact.
Find the best deals on energy supply companies by visiting price comparison websites like uswitch.
For information on other new utility connections visit our utilities page.