Booklet Title: A meter location guide
when connecting to natural gas
Page Title: A meter location guide
when connecting to natural gas
Where to locate your natural gas meter (Residential and Small Businesses)
Page Title: Introduction
This guide outlines the permitted locations and positions for the installation of your natural gas meter and meter box when connecting to natural gas. This guide is intended to help residential and small business customers (with a gas consumption of up to 73,300 KWhs) installing a new gas meter or moving an existing one.
Meter Box Types
There are two types of meter boxes, surface mounted and recessed.
A surface mounted meter box is installed on the property or boundary wall. This meter box is more suitable for installation on older buildings converting to natural gas. The meter box will be provided by Bord Gáis Networks and will be fitted 500mm above finished ground level.
A recessed meter box is installed in the cavity wall of a building or in a pillar enclosure. This type of meter box is generally installed by a builder in a new one-off build or as part of a new extension. The box must be purchased from a building supplier and is not provided by Bord Gáis Networks. If this type of meter box is damaged, Bord Gáis Networks will be unable to install the meter for safety reasons. The meter box must be built into the wall and not screwed or nailed on.
Page Title: Meter Location General Rules
A service pipeline is laid by Bord Gáis Networks connecting a building to the natural gas network. The natural gas service pipeline must be laid in a straight line to the meter location, using the shortest most direct route and where possible at right angles to the gas main. It must also be laid with a minimum of 600mm of ground cover. The proposed route of the service pipe must be clear when the crew arrives to carry out the work, otherwise it will not be installed.
If the meter box is to be attached to the property wall then it must be located above the damp proof course at a minimum of 300mm and a maximum of 1 metre from the ground. The meter must not be placed directly above or below an electricity meter.
Page Title: Meter Position
Where to Locate Your Meter
The meter box can be placed:
- At the front gable end wall, a maximum of 2 metres from the front corner of the building
- At the front wall of the building - on either side of the front door, or on either side of a sealed window
- On the boundary wall of the property
- Adjacent to an electricity meter.
Where not to Locate Your Meter
The meter box must not be placed:
- At the back of the house or behind a gate
- Directly above drains, airbricks, manholes or electricity meter
- Directly under appliance flues, windows that open or electricity meter
- In a porch or under an overhang which is enclosed or could be enclosed
- Where it is liable to cause an obstruction or be subject to mechanical damage
- Where access to the meter box may be restricted in an emergency e.g. narrow path.
Page Title: internal meter
If a building is adjacent to a footpath (i.e. no garden etc.) the meter may be located inside the property subject to low pressure gas being available. Where the meter is located internally, it should be located as close as possible, at a minimum distance of 1 meter, to the gas entry point of the building.
An internal meter must not be placed:
- In close proximity to a heat source or where it may be subject to extremes of temperature
- Where food is stored or in bathrooms
- Where it might be affected by a corrosive atmosphere or liquid
- Where readily combustible material is stored
- In a void or compartment without normal air circulation.
Meter Under Stairs
Generally, a meter must not be located on or under a stairway, in a common hallway, passageway, or any other part of the building that provides the sole means of escape.
However, if there is no alternative, the following conditions must apply:
- The meter should be housed in a compartment made from a material that is fire resistant for at least two hours, that is ventilated directly to the outside of building and which has an automatic self closing door
- Internal pipe work after the meter or meter regulator (if fitted), should be provided with a thermal cut-off device that activates when the temperature exceeds 95 degrees Celsius.
Page Title: Reinstatement
Excavations in driveways, gardens, footpaths and roads will initially be temporarily reinstated.
Bord Gáis Networks will return within 20 working days to carry out permanent reinstatement.
We cannot guarantee that the new concrete or tarmac will match, as the condition of existing driveways, footpaths and roads will have weathered over time.
If you have any queries in relation to your meter please contact Bord Gáis Networks:
Call 1850 200 694 Lines open Monday to Friday 08.00 to 20.00 and Saturday 09.00 to 17.30