Getting an Additional Meter Connected 

Family Apartment

Additional Domestic Connection


Where an existing single dwelling is to be divided for the purpose of accommodating a family member and an independent meter is required, you may be eligible to apply for a family apartment connection.

What is a family apartment?

A family apartment (previously referred to as a granny flat) is a self-contained unit built adjoining an existing house. It is used for additional accommodation for a family member, usually an elderly person. A family apartment may be a newly constructed extension or a conversion of an existing structure such as a garage.

There are certain conditions that must be met to qualify for a family apartment connection:

  • As a sub-division of a main dwelling, the meter for a family apartment must be connected to the same incoming ESB Networks service cable as the main dwelling. The family apartment meter must therefore be located immediately adjacent to the meter for the main dwelling. Prior to the customer carrying out any works, the suitability of the service and proposed position of the meter must first be agreed with ESB Networks.
  • Only one family apartment connection is allowed per dwelling at ground floor level.  
  • The apartment must be for family use only, not for sub-letting.  
  • Proof of planning permission for the family apartment from the relevant Local Authority may be requested. Where planning permission is not required, ESB Networks may require evidence of family use.  
  • The main dwelling and family apartment should be internally connected through an interconnecting door.  
  • The existing service must be adequate to cater for the main dwelling load as well as the proposed family apartment.

Where any of the criteria above are not met, the new connection may be dealt with as a standard 12 kVA house or apartment development.

​Step by Step Guide

Apply Online

Apply by post. Download the Application Form NC2 (493 KB) or call 1850 372 757 or +353 21 2386555 to request a copy.

Complete the application form. Send the completed form to:

ESB Networks DAC
Customer Services Bureau
PO Box 29
Garrycastle
Athlone
Co. Westmeath
Ireland ​
When we receive the application form, you are issued with a job reference number which you can use for all further enquiries regarding your application.

We send you a written quotation for connecting the family apartment which normally issues within 15 working days. See a list of all ESB Networks DAC Charges (PDF | 629 KB).

In some circumstances, connecting a Family Apartment may require the local electricity network to be upgraded. If so, you will be required to make a capital contribution to that work. This contribution will be specified in the quotation.

Once you have your quote, you make a payment by whichever method suits you best. 

  • Pay by EFT
  • Pay Online
  • Pay by phone - Call 1850 372 757 or +353 21 2386555
  • Pay by post - post a cheque, bank draft or postal order to:

 

ESB Networks DAC
Accounts Receivable
Sarsfield Road
FREEPOST
Licence No. FCK 724
Wilton
Co Cork
Ireland

If no significant extra work is required, we complete your connection within 12 weeks of payment being received.

In order to achieve this target, the following must take place:  

  1. Your E.T.C.I. Certificate is provided by your electrical contractor on completion of the wiring of your new family apartment. A notification of this validated wiring certificate from your contractor's regulatory body must be received electronically by ESB Networks.
  2. You must contact ESB Networks to confirm that an outdoor meter cabinet has been provided for the electricity meters as per  ESB Networks' Specification (PDF | 1 MB). To Contact Us call 1850 372 757 or +353 21 2386555.  ​

Note: The above must be received two weeks prior to you requiring connection to your family apartment.

Learn more about the certification process

Once all of the above requirements have been met, we complete your new connection. Your electrical contractor is then responsible for making the power live in your new family apartment.

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