Inspection Requirements

General Order 165

Enacted in 1997, made effective January 1, 1998, General Order (GO) 165. This order, 165, Appendix A, establishes minimum requirements for electric distribution facilities regarding:

  • Inspection (including maximum allowable inspection cycle length,) condition rating.

  • Scheduling and performance of corrective action.

  • Recordkeeping and reporting in order to ensure safe and high-quality electrical service.

  • Implement the provisions of section 364 of the Assembly Bill 1890 Chapter 854, Statutes 1996.

Other General Orders

Other General Orders that apply to this inspection include, General Order 95, Section 12.2, General Order 128, section 12.2 and 12.4. Systems (and portions thereof) constructed, reconstructed or replaced on or after the effective date of these rules shall be kept in conformity with the requirement of these rules.

Two types of urban and rural area inspections

GO 165 provides for two types of urban and rural area inspections. The lower level of inspection is called a patrol inspection, which is a simple visual inspection of utility equipment and structures designed to identify obvious structural problems and hazards. Patrol inspections may be carried out in the course of other company business.

Detailed inspection

The highest level of inspection is a detailed inspection. During a detailed inspection, utility personnel are expected to carefully examine and open (if practical and necessary) individual pieces of equipment and structures and rate and record their condition.