ESB Networks' Distribution Code

We refer to the Distribution System as the electricity distribution network in the Republic of Ireland. The Distribution System Operator (DSO) is the designated authority responsible for the operation of our Distribution and we were granted the Distribution System Operator Licence (PDF | 1 MB) by the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU).

Distribution Code

This Distribution Code V.7 (PDF | 1MB) defines the technical aspects of the working relationships between the DSO and all other users of the Distribution System. It aims to ensure an efficient, co-ordinated and economical system for electricity distribution.

The Distribution Code was first approved by the CER in March 2000. Any modifications or updates to this code must be approved by this Commission. More detail is available in the Distribution Code Constitution (PDF | 323 KB).

View Distribution Code V.7 (Download PDF | 1 MB)

View CRU approval letter for Distribution Code V.7

Distribution Code

Distribution Code Review Panel

ESB Networks is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of the Distribution Code Review Panel (DCRP), as part of the DSO Licence.


The DCRP is a standing body constituted to review the Distribution Code and propose amendments for approval by CRU.


If you have a query in relation to the Distribution Code and DCRP please email:

Distribution Code Documents

Review Panel Meeting Minutes:

Meeting Minutes

Distribution Code Modifications:


Derogation Application Form and Modification Proposal Form:

Derogation Application Form Modification Proposal Form (PDF | 20 KB)

Review Panel Constitution Rules and Panel Members:

Constitution Rules (PDF | 323 KB) DCRP Panel Members (PDF | 220 KB)