|GAS CONNECTIONS PROCESS|
|1. Find out how close the gas network is to your property||Check that gas is available in your street|
|2. Choose your appliances and gas retailer||Once you know gas can be connected to your house, you can start planning and shopping for gas appliances. You will also need to choose a gas retailer.|
|3. Submit an application to Vector||
Apply online or call 0800 222 260.
When building a new property, you should submit your gas connection application 3 months prior to your move in date.
|4. Vector will assess your application and provide a quotation||
Once we have received your application, we will check that your property can be connected to gas, take measurements from our mapping system and establish if any contribution towards the connection cost is required from you. As your contribution is determined by your estimated gas consumption, after a few months, we might check to see that you are using what you said you would.
A quote will be provided to you or your energy retailer within 2 weeks and include information about any foreseen easement and consents requirements.
If unforeseen conditions are encountered during construction we may stop work, reassess the connection and discuss any further requirements with you.
In the Auckland region our quote will be valid for 30 days. For the rest of the North Island your gas energy retailer will liaise with you about any costs associated with your connection, and they will provide acceptance and arrange payment on your behalf.
|5. Arrange any easements and consents you are responsible for||If you are legally required to obtain easements and consents, we will need copies of these before construction can begin. Ideally, we should receive the easements and consents at the same time as the signed quotation but we can accept your application and put your job on hold if easements and consents are pending.|
|6. Sign quotation and provide payment||In Auckland we will need to receive the signed acceptance letter back within 30 days along with any payment. For the rest of the North Island your gas energy retailer will provide us with confirmation on whether to proceed with the application and will arrange payment on your behalf.|
|7. Vector will obtain maps and plans||We will obtain any maps, plans, permits and consents that are required except for easements and consents that you are responsible for. Vector is reliant on council and other utility processing times for this documentation which can take up to 4 weeks. If a Transit Service Agreement is required this may take longer than 4 weeks.|
|8. Vector will liaise with you regarding timeframes for the job and expected completion date||If you are building, we will liaise with you so that the laying of the gas connection fits with your construction schedule. If you are providing an open trench for services confirm the location of any existing underground services first at www.beforeudig.co.nz.|
|9. Provide your own trench||Dig the trench for services on your property. We need 2 days notice before we can lay your gas service in your trench. Click here for trench specifications.|
|10. Vector will connect you to its gas network||This involves laying and connecting the underground gas pipe from the street to your gas meter including:
Once the maps and plans are received, construction will take about 10 days unless a mains extension is required which may take longer. Energising your connection will occur within 2 days following the completion of construction. Note: heavy rain can make soil conditions hard to work with and may delay the construction process.
|11. Arrange installation of your internal gas pipes and appliances||Internal gas piping can now be completed by a registered craftsman gasfitter. When building this is usually done when the building framework is up, but before the internal walls are erected. Your gasfitter can also install your appliances and connection points.|
|12. Turn on the gas||Once everything is installed your registered craftsman gasfitter will turn on the gas and ensure that the installation is completely safe and legally compliant with all gas standards and codes. To confirm that your gas connection is compliant, you will receive a copy of the gas certification certificate and another copy will be sent to your gas energy retailer.|