Can you move an electric meter yourself? What rules and precautions?


There are multiple good reasons to move the electric meter from its housing. For a good handyman, the temptation is great to undertake this work yourself, because it is a relatively simple operation. But it’s definitely out of reach of individuals and even most professionals, as competent as they are!

In this article, you will find all the reasons for this ban and the procedures to be followed to legally and quickly carry out this project.

The reasons for moving an electric meter

The most commonly cited motivation for moving the electricity meter is related to thelayout or at the renovation of the local. Indeed, the meter can be on a partition destined to disappear, in a place transformed into a wet room unfit to receive it, at the location of a new opening, in the middle of a living room, etc.

Another common cause is a location original unsuitable (kitchen, bedroom, bathroom wall, facing the front door, etc.).

The aesthetic reasons also justify this type of decision. Sometimes, however, the installation of a simple cabinet is a solution. economic to hide this little decorative equipment in good conditions.

Owner or tenant, who can submit the request to relocate the electric meter?

The law stipulates that the lessor cannot oppose the arrangements made by the tenant, in the accommodation he occupies, in the condition that the works do not do not transform existing equipment. In case of transformation not expressly authorized by him, the lessor is perfectly entitled to impose, at any time, the restoration of originality of the premises or to claim compensation at the end of the lease. This situation is a defensible termination clause of the lease in court.

The relocation of the electric meter falls within the category of work subject to written authorization the lessor who has no obligation to accept it, organize it or bear the costs.

Why can’t you move an electric meter by yourself?

In France, the electric meter constitutes the last element of the public electricity distribution circuit. Often called, wrongly, an “EDF” meter, it is elusive property of municipalities or communities of municipalities (Article L322-4 of the Energy Code), even if they have delegated their powers to a concessionary body. The management of the national electricity distribution network is ensured, for 95% by Enedis (formerly ERDF), a public limited company with a supervisory board, a wholly-owned subsidiary of EDF and 5% by local distribution companies (ELD), having refused the nationalization of 1947. AT this title, Enedis where the ELD hold the monopoly of all technical interventions on medium and low voltage public networks, less than 50 kV, including:

  • the transmission of electricity to the limit of the private installation, which starts after the counter,
  • modernization, maintenance,maintenance and operation the public network,
  • the pose and the technical interventions concerning the meters,
  • the connection and commissioning for users,

So alone, society Enedis, the ELD where the mandated companies by them, are legally authorized move your meter, in accordance with NFC 14-100 standard.

Steps to take before moving an electricity meter

The opening up to competition of the market for the supply of energy, which began in the early 2000s, is now effective for the entire population, throughout the national territory. Everyone freely chooses their electricity supplier, becoming both a customer of one of the 39 French energy suppliers (EDF, Engie, total, Eni, etc.) and of Enédis (or the local ELD) , in charge of meter replacement work.

Logically, the request should therefore be filed directly with Enédis (or the ELD), but the electricity supplier can also take care of the formalities for you. In either case, it is necessary to complete a specific file accompanied by the supporting documents.

Submission of the request to relocate the meter to the electricity supplier

Most of the electricity suppliers agree to receive the request by phone, by e-mail or online. They then send you the documents in the file, take it upon themselves to present it to Enédis (or the ELD) and ensure its follow-up.

This solution is often preferable for the user, because the energy suppliers are perfectly familiar with the procedures and are in constant contact with the network operator, which can significantly speed up the process.

Submission of the meter relocation request to Enedis

Enédis does not communicate no e-mail address, but remains reachable by phone, mail, Messenger or Twitter. You will also find a contact sheet, a virtual chat and many other details, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on its website.

To get the file online, follow the procedure below:

  • connect to the site “enedis.fr “, then on the customer account (To default create one),
  • in the customer account, select “Modification of an existing connection“,
  • then follow the drop-down procedure.

Submission of the request to relocate the meter to an ELD

France has around 150 ELDs, responsible for managing the local public energy distribution network. Unlike Enédis, their mission is not limited to the sole management of the network. They can also ensure the sale electricity. For this activity, they are no longer, theoretically, in a monopoly situation and are subject to competition. Two options are then possible:

  • ELD is also your energy supplier: you must contact her to find out about her particular process for moving the electricity meter.
  • You have chosen an alternative electricity supplier: you have, again, the choice between 2 solutions:
  • forward your file through its services,
  • contact the ELD in charge of the work, to put together the file directly, under its supervision.

In practice, the alternative offer electricity supply is little developed in the regions managed by the LDCs, because of the costs generated by the disparity between the administrative and communication systems of each party.

Work progress, deadlines and costs related to moving the meter

Upon receipt of the duly completed file and its appendices, Enédis or the ELD have 10 working days to study it. A final cost estimate, including the progress of operations is then submitted to the user by post. This document, valid for 3 months from the date of receipt, must be returned for approval, signed and accompanied by the required deposit.

The amount and duration of the work vary depending on the difficulties of the site.

Note, that the transfer of a meter to the outside of the building is always possible, but can lead to delays and greater costs.

Additional work to relocating the electricity meter

The entire network located downstream from the electricity meter is in the private domain. The client therefore assumes the technical burden and the financing. You can at your leisure, carry out this work yourself, or entrust them to a professional of your choice. In either case, they must comply with the NFC 15-100 standard, relating to building electrical rules. Depending on the extent of the changes, an administrative check may be required before connecting the grid to energy.