First Gas considers that safe urban development can be achieved near high pressure pipeline easements or designation with the cooperation of all parties involved; councils, developers, surveyors and planners.

First Gas has registered Easements or Designations that protect strips of land on which pipelines are located. These pipelines are to be permanently located on public and private land which is formalised on the property’s title. A change in ownership does not alter these rights.

First Gas has rights and obligations to access the pipeline easement to undertake its maintenance and safety monitoring and protection of the pipeline and the easement.

First Gas high pressure pipelines are designed for the land uses that exist or are envisaged at the time of construction. But, because pipelines typically have long operational lives (up to 80 years), land use change over time is inevitable.

Please contact us early in your planning

The key to a successful development is early communication and joint planning.

Early communication, whether required to or not under resource consent approval conditions, is essential to help all parties. This will avoid potential costly delays to your subdivision and required approval process.

We need to jointly access and mitigate the impacts of the land development to enable the continued protection of the pipeline and the objectives the land development. This ensures that the associated requirements, risks and issues around pipeline safety are incorporated in the design phase of any planning scheme or developments.

We off a FREE initial meeting on site with you (developer, planner, surveyor). We will discuss your high-level subdivision layout and give advice on best ways to achieve what you need and for the pipeline easement to be protected.

This is a simple guide to the process:

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We also provide a Developers Guide which outlines in more depth our requirements and the process for working with First Gas.

At any time please call our Planners who can offer advice on your subdivision; ph 0800 800 393 or email