Does your grain bin meet all safety requirements?

Cooperative members planning to build new grain bins should contact Franklin REC before construction begins.  We will provide assistance in planning for a safe environment for everyone working and living around the grain bins.

The state of Iowa requires specific clearances for electric lines around grain bins, with different standards for those filled by portable and permanent augers, conveyors and elevators. According to the Iowa Electric Safety Code found IN Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 199 - 25.2(c) b: An electric utility may refuse to provide electric service to any grain bin built near an existing electric line which does not provide the clearances required by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) C2-2017 "National Electrical Safety Code," Rule 234F. This paragraph "b" shall apply only to grain bins loaded by portable augers, conveyors or elevators and built after Sept. 9, 1992, or to grain bins loaded by permanently installed augers, conveyors, or elevator systems installed after Dec. 24, 1997. The Iowa Utilities Board has adopted this language.

Your local electric cooperative is required by the Iowa Utilities Board to provide this annual notice to farmers, farm lenders, grain bin merchants and city and county zoning officials. The drawings on this page show the required clearances, but your co-op's policies may be more restrictive. If you have any questions concerning these regulations - or what needs to be done before you begin placing a new grain bin or moving an existing one - please call Franklin REC.

If you have any questions concerning clearance regulations-- or what needs to be done before you begin placing a new grain bin or moving an existing one-- please call Franklin REC at 641-456-2557.

Grain Bin Clearance Requirements


Disclaimer: These drawings are provided as part of the Iowa electric cooperatives' annual public information campaign and are based on the 2017 Edition of the National Electrical Safety Code. To view the actual drawings, refer to that publication.

Every care has been taken for the correctness of the contents of these drawings. However, the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperative and its member cooperatives accept no liability whatsoever for omissions or errors, technical inaccuracies, typographical mistakes or damages of any kind arising form the use of the contents of these drawings, whether textual or graphical