Last updated 9th April, 2020
All you need to know about relocating your electric meter, including costs of materials, labour and time frames.
Over time, the ways in which we use our homes change. If you move to a new home or want to update a room, you may find that you need to move your electric meter. If you want to move your electricity meter, read this useful guide to learn about what you can expect.
There are many reasons why you may want to move your electricity meter. It may be unsightly, located in an area that you would like to renovate or situated in an awkward position that makes it hard to reach.
Whatever your reason, it is important to remember that electricity is extremely dangerous, so any work to relocate your electric meter can only be carried out by your electricity supplier - it is against the law for anyone else to do the work.
To move your electric meter you will need to contact your electricity supplier. You must not attempt this work yourself - it is illegal. Your electricity supplier will need to know where your electricity meter is located and how far you plan to move it.
You should also have the following details to hand:
The work required will depend on a number of factors discussed below.
If you want to move your electric meter 15 centimetres or less along the wooden backboard that it is mounted on, then your electricity supplier will be able to organise the relocation for you if:
If you want to move your electric meter up to 3 metres (for less than 15 centimetres see above) along the same wall you will need to:
If you are planning to move your electric meter more than 3m or want to move the meter to a different wall (either in the same room or a different one):
If your electric meter is outside your home, you will need to have work done by your local distribution company. Get in touch with your electricity supplier and they will be able to guide you through the process.
Whatever your situation, contact your electricity supplier in the first instance and they will be able to advise you about what to do next.
Once you have had your electricity meter moved, you may find that you need additional work to repair and finish the area. You might need a plasterer and a decorator to plaster and decorate newly exposed walls or a carpenter to repair flooring. These extra jobs are useful to include in your budget for an accurate final figure.
The actual task of moving your electricity meter will be completed within a day. You may also need your own electrician to be present for some of the time. If the engineers have to carry out any additional work during the relocation, you will need to pay for that too.
The average cost of moving an electric meter is around £200 - £800, dependant on the location of the meter.
The engineers will carry out this work as a fixed, statutory job on behalf of the electricity board. As you may require the electricity company to send out an electrician you can expect to wait up to 6 weeks.
The main variations in cost will depend on your supplier and the distance you need the meter to move by. The further it needs to move, the higher the overall price.
Below we have estimated some prices for hiring an electrician to move your electric meter:
|Move your electric meter 15 centimetres or less||£75-£130||1-2 hours|
|Move your electric meter up to 3 metres||£300-£600||3-4 hours|
|Move your electric meter to a different wall||£600-£1000||4-6 hours|
The calculator shows the individual costs of moving your electric meter up to 3 metres - Total Cost: £450