Here’s what you need to know
What are Pole Attachments?
Pole attachments can include banners, flower baskets, decorative lighting and festive decorations.
Poles Attachments and Safety Requirements
Toronto Hydro is committed to customer and employee safety. Attachments to poles are overseen by the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) to ensure that safety standards are met and maintained. Toronto Hydro equipment is audited annually to verify that all attachments comply with Ontario Regulation 22/04 under the Electricity Act (1998)
Application processing time
Toronto Hydro requires 90 DAYS to process applications. Accordingly, applications must be received a minimum of 90 DAYS prior to any planned events. The application must specify how long the permit is required and must provide the applicant’s contact information.
Any temporary permit application that is submitted to the Asset Attachments and Leases team less than 45 days from the planned event start date will not be processed. Temporary licensees and/or installers are further advised that the review and processing of temporary permit applications can be expected to take approximately four to six weeks.
- Professional Engineer-stamped drawing of attachment (including dimensions, clearances, weights, specifications, etc.)
- Temporary banner application form completed
- Legal agreements signed and returned to Toronto Hydro
- Once the application has been accepted by Toronto Hydro, it will be sent to the City of Toronto for final approval and a permit will be issued from Right of Way Management.
Pole Attachment Permit Review Checklist
Overhead 120V Connection for Unmetered Services
Underground 120V Connection for Unmetered Services
Temporary Decorative Attachments General Information
Temporary Banner and Flower Basket Size and Clearances
Banner Saver Attachment with Spring Loaded Bracket
Temporary Flower Baskets on Ornamental Streetlight Pole
Temporary Seasonal Lighted Decoration Size and Clearances
Typical Electrical Receptacle
Please note: the application process is the same for BIA and non-BIA applicants.