Date added - 21 March 2012
To organise a new gas connection for your self build home you will need to contact one of the countrys licensed gas transporters for the connection and a gas supplier for a meter and supply.
The gas supply network in Great Britain is divided into eight networks which are operated by four different gas transporters (GTs). These companies provide and maintain the infrastructure for the gas supply network and are the people who will connect a supply to your new home.
They do not however, own, meter or sell the gas that passes through their networks which means you will also need to get in touch with a gas supplier who will arrange the installation of a meter at your property, provide you with a supply of gas and send you all those lovely bills!
If you have read our page on utility and service connections, youll know that these service connections can take many weeks and can get complicated, so do your research early and know what to expect. Keep a good log of your correspondence and dont be fazed if you get passed around different departments or even different companies!
Parts of this process may differ so please confirm it with your local transporter.
Prices of a new gas connection vary depending on the location of the property within the plot, the area of the country you are in and the provider.
You can expect to pay at least £250 for the most simple connection where there is no horizontal distance between the wall of the house where the connection will be made and the public road or path. Prices increase as the distance and job requirments (such as excavation and reinstatement) increase.
Some companies have indicative costs displayed on their websites to give you a better idea of what to expect.
If your property is a consdiderable distance from the highway or the nearest gas main, it may become prohibitively expensive or even impossible to make a connection and an alternative such as an oil or gas tank or microgeneration solutions might be worth considering.
Below are the four gas transporter/distribution companies and the areas they operate:
We have linked to the 'new gas connections' page of each provider where you can find network maps, postcode checkers, indicative costs and new connection quotation application forms.>
Note - The majority of connections will be through one of these companies but in some rare cases the supply might be owned by an independent gas transporter (IGT). The GT for your general area should be able to advise you if this is the case and who to contact.
To find out about other connections for your self build and for some general tips, go back to our utility and service connections page.