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Set up a new gas connection in your new-build property

In this guide you will find out how to set up a new gas connection for your new-build property. If your new home is being built through a contractor, it is likely that they will handle the organisation and correspondance with the gas transporter. Charges will commonly be added to your quotation. If, however, your contractor is not handling this process, follow this guide as if you were building a self-build property and you won't have a problem: In order to have a new gas connection fitted you will first need to contact one of the eight licenced gas transporters that services your locality. Because the transporters don’t actually own, meter or sell any gas, this should be followed by finding a supplier that best meets your gas requirements. Luckily, we can help you out with that!

Make sure youStart the connection process as soon as possible, as this can last a considerable amount of time.


When applying for your new gas connection you may need to include:

  • Consent forms, if your suggested connection will pass through any third party private land.
  • Maps of your plot location.

After you have submitted your application, your transporter will draw up a quotation, schedule for works, lead times and an acceptance form. This acceptance form should be signed and sent off along with the relevant payment as soon as you have checked that everything is ok and in order. With a bit of luck you will be contacted not too far in the future with an expected connection date, and once you have this you will be able to go ahead and contact your chosen gas supplier to request a new meter installation.

If you want a built-in meter cabinet in your new property, this will need to be purchased by yourself. It will also have to be integrated into your external wall in accordance with the specifications provided by your gas transporter.

Word of AdviceMake sure that your gas pipes and appliances are installed buy a ‘gas safe’ registered engineer.

Below are the website links and links to beginning the application process for the gas transporters according to your region. Click on the relevant link in order to start the connection process:

North West, West Midlands, East Midlands, East Anglia & North London National Grid www.nationalgrid.com/uk/ Start Here
Scotland, South England & South London SGN www.sgn.co.uk Start Here
Wales & South-West England Wales and West Utilities www.wwutilities.co.uk Start Here
Northern England Northern Gas Networks www.northerngasnetworks.co.uk Start Here

Cost

Depending on the location of your new property, the costs incurred by setting up your new gas connection can vary. For the simplest of connections that contains no obstacles, well situated, and where there is no distance between the house wall and connection point, the cost will be at least £250. Some companies have much more transparent pricing structures and display their exact costing on their websites, which will give you a much better idea of how much it is going to cost you.

If, however, you are building a property that is a considerable distance away from a gas main or highway, you could encounter some issues. The main outcomes will be that you either have to pay an extremely sizeable cost for them to create a long distance routing, or it may even be impossible for them to carry out. If the outcome is that you can not afford this extortionate amount of money or it is simply just not possible, then you should now start looking into alternatives such as an oil/gas tank or micro-generation.