Building regulations, gas pipes and what you need to know

When you’re planning on doing any type of building work, building regulations and gas pipes are a crucial factor to consider. Building over or close to gas pipes should be avoided during any work on your home or business. We’ve put together some information to help you understand the risks, take the right steps and avoid the potentially severe consequences of working near gas pipes. We want anyone working near our pipes to be safe. 

We can help you to understand where your gas service pipe is located. It is important that you have the right information before you begin any building work to make sure you continue to receive a safe and reliable gas supply.

The Planning Portal

We have partnered with the Planning Portal, the home of planning and building regulations, in a bid to boost important gas safety awareness linked to building works.
The Planning Portal website hosts the latest planning and building legislation, as well as user-friendly, interactive guidance to advise homeowners and industry professionals on all things planning and building.

Important tips:

  1. When planning any building work, it’s important that you find out the location of the gas pipes and meter before starting a project.
  2. If you are planning works that could be near gas pipes, you need to contact your Gas Transporter or approved Utility Infrastructure Provider. 
  3. If you are unsure who looks after the gas pipes in your area, you can visit the Energy Networks Association website and enter your postcode into its useful tool.
  4. The Planning Portal utility guidance has a section on its website which provides useful guidance.

Frequently asked questions

I am planning home improvements, what do I need to know?
Can I build over a gas pipe?
What could happen if I carry out building works around the gas pipe?
What happens if building works have already taken place?
What if I don’t own the property I live in?
How to find underground gas pipes
Where can the meter be found?
An engineer has visited my property and noticed an issue with building works around my gas pipe, what happens next?