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Permit required for all construction projects near high-pressure pipelines

The Swiss Federal Pipelines Act and its associated regulations stipulate that third-party building projects which may endanger a pipeline require authorisation from the relevant supervisory authority (Swiss Federal Pipelines Inspectorate). This applies to all construction projects which are at a distance of less than 10 m to the right or left of high-pressure pipelines. Providers or pipeline operators must submit permit applications for building projects which may endanger a pipeline to the Swiss Federal Pipelines Inspectorate for approval. 

If you have any questions on the precautionary measures which need to be met when working on gas-conducting pipelines and installations please contact us.

Key information in brief

  • Construction work near to pipeline installations require authorisation by the Swiss Federal Pipelines Inspectorate.
  • Planning permission from canton or municipal authorities is not sufficient.
  • Erdgas Ostschweiz AG asks the canton or municipality to provide applicants with relevant information.
  • Precise adherence to this procedure ensures that risk of accidents is reduced.

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