Ownership Demarcation

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The ownership demarcation point is where municipally-owned and maintained equipment ends and the property owner’s equipment begins:

  • Utilities Kingston is responsible for maintaining and repairing equipment up to this ownership demarcation point.
  • It is the property owner’s responsibility to maintain and repair equipment beyond the ownership demarcation point. 

We’ve created this page  to help explain typical demarcation points in Utilities Kingston’s service areas. You can use this information, along with the information contained in our terms of service, to understand where your responsibility ends and ours begins.          

Where is my demarcation point?

The diagrams below illustrate demarcation for typical utility services for residential homes.

Water services ownership demarcation point (configurations may vary):

Diagram showing ownership of water services. The demarcation point is at the property line.

Wastewater services ownership demarcation point (configurations may vary):

Diagram showing ownership of wastewater services. The demarcation point is at the property line.

Gas services ownership demarcation point (configurations may vary):

Diagram showing ownership of gas services. The demarcation point is after the gas meter.

Configurations may vary 

The configuration or ownership of lines, poles and connections can vary, for example depending on the type of service you have. This page illustrates typical configurations for residential homes.

Overhead electricity services ownership demarcation point (the point of attachment is also the responsibility of the property owner) (configurations may vary):

Diagram showing ownership of electricty services. The demarcation point is after the meter. The mast and meter base are the owner's responsibility

Typical underground electricity services ownership demarcation point (conduit along the building wall is also the responsibility of the property owner) (configurations may vary):

Diagram showing ownership of underground electricity services. The demarcation point is at after the meter. The meter base is the responsibility of the property owner.

What do I do if electricity equipment is damaged?

If the damage is beyond the demarcation point, Utilities Kingston cannot restore power until you have had your service repaired by a licensed electrical contractor. Make sure that the electrical contractor you hire is licensed. Once the contractor has completed their work, they will arrange to have ESA authorization to ensure it is safe to reconnect. You can find a licensed electrician at www.esasafe.com or call 1-877-372-7233 (1-877-ESA-SAFE).

Once your repairs are completed and have been authorized, please contact us for a reconnection by telephone at 613-546-0000, Monday to Friday, from 8 AM to 5 PM.