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Rear Property Undergounding Program

Undergrounding in Your Neighborhood

Rear Property Undergrounding refers to the conversion of overhead power poles and wires in the back lots of homes. For residents who wish to join together in order to underground a group of pole lines, the Rear Property Undergrounding Program will assist residents with the design and coordination efforts associated with such projects.



How much is the incentive amount?


Construction costs for rear property undergrounding run at approximately $500,000 for a 1,000 – 1,200 foot pole line, which may serve up to 20 homes. This corresponds to a cost of approximately $25,000 per residence. The City will contribute up to $50,000 for the design work, which would be allocated when all the impacted residents agree to the project and the construction costs are secured. The City would also help coordinate the easements and any associated permitting.



How does it work?


  1. Customers who wish to underground their rear property lines may file an application to begin the process. Fill out and e-mail the application to fbarvarz@anaheim.net or mail it to: 201 S. Anaheim Blvd. Suite 701, Attn: Rear Property Undergrounding Program, Anaheim, CA 92805.
  2. A representative will contact you to discuss your project in detail and provide you with an approximate cost estimate. A non-refundable deposit in the amount of 10% of the approximate construction cost estimate will be requested in order to initiate a full design and detailed cost estimate.
  3. Upon receipt of the deposit, it will take between 3-4 months to provide a design that includes civil design and layout of conduits, electrical design and callout of materials, securing of easements for surface-mounted equipment, preparing bid specifications, materials list, bid quantities, and detailed cost estimate.
  4. Upon securing all associated easements and completion of design, the City will request the financing of the balance of the project costs.
  5. Once the financing is secured, the design will be issued for bid and construction will begin. The length of construction depends on the scope of work, but is estimated to take 3-4 months.




  1. Project boundaries and scope must be approved by the City. It may not be electrically feasible to underground a small number of poles without impacting operational and maintenance considerations.
  2. Customers are responsible for obtaining approval from all impacted residents within the project boundaries, and must agree to provide utility easements for placement of surface-mounted equipment such as transformers.