Regulations are quite different from standards and design/construction codes. They are created either directly or indirectly by governmental bodies to enforce requirements within their scope. These governmental bodies are given the power to regulate through "Acts" which are instruments of legislative power and have the force of law. These acts also clearly define the scope and objective of the associated regulatory body.

Since each Country retains the right to Govern itself, it alone will determine what it does and does not regulate within its borders. International Regulations do exist that cover items of International interest, such as sea and air transportation between countries or over International Waters. They are largely voluntary by country, but penalties do exist for non-conformance. International Regulations are not a concern for Line Design other than placing restrictions and requirements on products imported from International Sources.

Federal levels of each country's government have the power to regulate anything they wish and any regulations they stipulate over-ride any others, period. For this reason it is extremely rare for any level of government to establish regulations that overlap those of a higher level of government. Federal regulations over-rule any imposed at the Provincial/State level, which in turn over-rule any at the the County, Municipal or City/Town level. This arrangement exists in every country and is supported by Laws of the Country.

Federal laws determine what type of companies are regulated at the federal level. In Canada and the United States, this includes Communication and Railway Companies. Once a type of company is federally regulated (for rates they charge), they are required to meet all federal regulations; such as Labor Regulations. Local Distribution Companies are most often provincially/state regulated, with the rest being municipal or city regulated. Those companies would need to follow provincial/state regulations.

The geographic area in question (where the pole line is or planned to be) will also determine which additional regulations may apply to the intended pole line work. For instance, doing work on Federal Land or over/on/under Federal Harbours will always attract federal regulations.



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