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Delete Rule


Permanently deletes a rule from a utility network.

Caution should be taken when deleting rules that support existing features in a utility network. Existing features that rely on deleted rules are marked with error features when the network topology is re-enabled to indicate there is no rule to support the relationship.



DeleteRule(in_utility_network, rule_type, rule_desc)
ParameterExplanationData Type

The utility network for which the rule will be removed.

Utility Network; Utility Network Layer

The type of rule being deleted.

  • ALLDelete all rules.
  • JUNCTION_JUNCTION_CONNECTIVITYDelete a junction-junction connectivity association rule.
  • CONTAINMENTDelete a containment association rule.
  • STRUCTURAL_ATTACHMENTDelete a structural attachment association rule.
  • JUNCTION_EDGE_CONNECTIVITYDelete a junction-edge connectivity rule.
  • EDGE_JUNCTION_EDGE_CONNECTIVITYDelete an edge-junction-edge connectivity rule.

Specifies which rule to remove. This includes the rule ID and the description of the rule.


You can find the rule ID by browsing the Rules section of the Network Properties, which is available on the Layer Properties dialog box.


Derived Output

NameExplanationData Type

The updated utility network.

Utility Network

Code sample

DeleteRule example (Python window)

Delete a junction-junction connectivity association rule that allows a service point to connect to the load side of a circuit breaker in an electric network.

import arcpy
arcpy.DeleteRule_un("Electric Network", "JUNCTION_JUNCTION_CONNECTIVITY", 
                    "2: From[ElectricDistributionDevice.ServicePoint] From[ElectricDistributionDevice.CircuitBreaker.Load]")
DeleteRule example 2 (Python window)

Delete a junction-edge connectivity rule that allows a low-voltage line to connect to the load side of a circuit breaker in an electric network.

import arcpy
arcpy.DeleteRule_un("Electric Network", "JUNCTION_EDGE_CONNECTIVITY", 
                    "72: From[ElectricDistributionLine.LowVoltage] From[ElectricDistributionDevice.CircuitBreaker.Load]")
DeleteRule example 3 (Python window)

Delete an association rule that was allowing a transformer to be contained in a junction box.

import arcpy
arcpy.DeleteRule_un("Electric Network", "CONTAINMENT", 
                    "153: From[StructureJunction.JunctionBox] To[ElectricDistributionDevice.Transformer]")
DeleteRule example 4 (Python window)

Delete a structural attachment association rule that was allowing a service point to be attached to a pole.

import arcpy
arcpy.DeleteRule_un("Electric Network", "STRUCTURAL_ATTACHMENT", 
                    "126: From[StructureJunction.Pole] To[ElectricDistributionDevice.ServicePoint]")


This tool does not use any geoprocessing environments.

Licensing information

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  • Standard: Yes
  • Advanced: Yes

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