New home connections
Read our guide to the complete applications and connections process:
1. Submit Application
Download an application and submit including all the attachments outlined in the checklist on page 1 of the application form. It may delay your application if we don’t receive all this information.
Download application form
Watch our short video for advice about filling out the application form.
2. Site visit & survey
Site visits are usually carried out within 7-10 working days. If your new connection is over 200 metres from the nearest point of connection a full site survey will be required which may take up to 3 months.
Watch our short video about how we plan and design your connection to the electricity network.
We will provide you with a formal quotation within 15 days that will be valid for 90 days, after which time the quote will expire and if we need to re-issue a quote the costs may increase.
4. Accept terms & payment
You should sign the acceptance of terms and provide payment, if applicable (we can accept Bank Transfer (BACs) and cheque). We will only start work once full payment is received.
5. Third party consents
If your connections requires electricity equipment to be sited on other people’s land, we will need to get the permission of the landowner or government bodies before we can proceed. This can sometimes take up to 9 months or longer and we may need to requote for your job.
Learn more about the wayleaves process by viewing the short video below.
6. Register with a supplier
To ensure we can complete the job, you need to register with an electricity supplier. Get a list of suppliers >
7. On-site Construction begins
Once we’ve received full payment (if applicable) and all legalities have been obtained we will contact you to agree a date to start your work. Please prepare your site according to the design agreed and ensure your electrician’s work is complete. If your supply requires NIE Networks to carry out the excavation we will normally do so 1-2 days prior to connecting your meter.
Watch our short Construction video for advice on preparing your site.
8. Complete and return a connection card
Download a connection card, get your electrician to fill in the details, and submit to us by email.
9. Connecting your meter
Once you have registered with an electricity supplier and submitted your connection card to us, we will contact you to arrange an appointment to complete the installation of your meter.
Estimated total time - 6-12 weeks
The timescales listed here are estimates and may vary depending on the requirements of your connection. Estimated total time excludes third party consents which may take up to 9 months to complete.