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What rights of access do gas companies enjoy for the purpose of maintenance and repair of utility installations?

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Produced in partnership with Bethany Pickup of Browne Jacobson
Published on LexisPSL on 28/09/2018

The following Planning Q&A produced in partnership with Bethany Pickup of Browne Jacobson provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • What rights of access do gas companies enjoy for the purpose of maintenance and repair of utility installations?
  • Entry by consent
  • Entry under the Gas Code
  • Entry under the Gas Safety Regulations
  • Entry by warrant
  • Entry in the event of an emergency

Gas companies’ rights to enter premises for maintenance and repair are statutory rights, mainly from the Rights of Entry (Gas and Electricity Boards) Act 1954 (RE(GEB)A 1954), the Gas Act 1986 (GA 1986) and Gas Safety (Rights of Entry) Regulations (the Gas Safety Regulations), SI 1996/2535.

The main ways a gas company has the right to access premises for the purpose of maintaining and repairing their utility installations are:

  1. with consent given by or on behalf of the occupier of the premises;

  2. in line with the Gas Code;

  3. circumstances stated in the Gas Safety Regulations;

  4. under the authority of a warrant, or

  5. in the case of an emergency

Entry by consent

A gas company needs consent from the occupier, or on behalf of the occupier, to access premises under the RE(GEB)A 1954. Consent could be through a formal agreement, in place between an occupier and the gas company, which sets out the provisions on how maintenance, repairs and access are dealt with. Consent can al

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