Last updated 15th September 2021
Want to find out how much it costs to fit a gas supply? Look no further. In this guide, we’ll discuss how much it costs to supply gas for a range of property sizes. We’ll also touch on other relevant subjects like what this job entails and the benefits of fitting a gas pipe.
The average cost of running a gas supply to a property is £300 to £400 if your property is no more than 23 metres from the supply but about £1000 to £1250 for an average installation beyond 23 metres.
Of course, the latter mains gas supply installation job would be much closer to £400 if your home was, say, 25 metres away, but we are basing this on an average for all jobs where a property is anywhere over 23 metres from the gas supply.
Cost Factors of Installing a New Gas Supply:
The reason that property location matters is due to labour rates differing throughout the UK. You’ll generally find the highest labour prices in the southeast (London in particular) and the lowest in the north of England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.
|Job Description||Total Cost|
|Connecting Gas Supply to Property No More Than 23 Metres Away||£300 to £400|
|Connecting Gas Supply to Property More Than 23 Metres Away||£1000 to £1250|
You may choose to incur a variety of added expenses, such as the installation of a gas cooker or gas fire. Let’s take a closer look at these additional costs.
A gas stove uses combustible gas like natural gas, propane, butane, or LPG as a way to heat up food.
One of the advantages of a gas cooker is the complete control it gives you, it does not depend on power, and it evenly distributes heat. Let’s look at the cost of an installation.
What about installing a gas fire? Among the benefits of a gas fire is that they’re less expensive to run than electric heaters, and they heat up much faster.
As with the installation of a gas cooker, a gas fire must be fitted by a Gas Safe registered professional.
Individual cost to install a gas supply no greater than 23 metres from a house – Total Cost: £350
The cost of installing a gas supply is based on labour only. Therefore, we are assuming that the supply itself has already been purchased.
On average, heating engineers charge between £40 and £44 per hour. This price can differ greatly based on where you live. However, prices could range from as low as about £25 to as much as £80.
In some very rare cases, the price of hiring a single heating engineer will be outside of this price range.
Breakdown of time frames:
Labour Cost and Time Frame Factors:
What affects the cost of connecting a gas supply? In this section, we’ll break down some prominent cost factors in more detail.
First and foremost, how far the gas supply is from your home will play a significant role in determining how long it will take to fit the new gas connection. This will, in turn, impact on the overall labour cost.
The specific gas pipe being installed is also relevant both to the labour and supply costs. In terms of the former, each gas pipe will come with its own installation difficulty, and some gas pipe materials may be more expensive than others.
The more difficult a space is to work in, the more time consuming the installation will be. For that reason, property type is relevant with a large detached house likely to involve a more complex installation that would be the case with a small terraced house.
Property size is also important since the larger a property is, the more likely a gas supply is to be further away, which will impact the cost of labour.
Of course, a property’s size can also impact the complexity of the installation too.
As discussed, where you live is relevant. Labour prices tend to be highest in the southeast of England (London especially) but lower in regions such as the north of England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.
How accessible the work area is and the area beneath the surface that the labourer intends to access will also shape your total bill.
We’ll now discuss the steps involved in the process of connecting a new gas supply. The installation method may vary depending on the type of gas pipe and the size of the property.
Prior to any work, you’ll need to get in touch with your Gas Distribution Network company or GDN. To be specific, a GDN is a company that is generally supplied with gas via the national transmission system.
They own and run the infrastructure used to provide gas to properties within a given locality.
A network operator may also be described as a distribution network officer or DNO. You can find out who your local gas DNO is via the Energy Networks Association website.
From there, you can make a booking. You could also contact a more localised Independent Gas Transporter or IGT as this may reduce your total bill.
On the day that work is taking place, the labourer(s) will begin the process of fitting the gas supply.
After all the necessary measurements and preparations are complete, they will break through the ground at the starting point of the supply.
From there, work will continue until the gas line is inevitably connected to your home. Various checks will be needed once the work is complete in order to ensure that everything is functioning as it should and that all aspects of the gas supply are safe.
This work may only be undertaken by a certified installed through an independent or regional gas distributor. Connecting a gas supply DIY is against the law.
Central heating systems or CHS’ that use gas are the most popular choice of CHS nationwide. They are also referred to as wet systems.
A gas-fired boiler is used to heat water as a way to distribute heat throughout the property using radiators and to heat up water, such as for shower use.
Here’s another thing…
It costs about 2 to 4 pence per kWh to run gas central heating. Comparatively, running an oil CHS costs about twice as much, and an electric CHS has running costs priced at about four to six times the cost of a gas CHS. There are also a variety of boilers to choose from.
The options are as follows:
As for radiators, here are some of the common options:
Let’s now break down the cost to install gas central heating based on the CHS used and the number of radiators required.
|Type of System||Number of Radiators||Total Cost|
|Combi||Five||£1860 to £3810|
|Six||£1960 to £3960|
|Seven||£2260 to £4310|
|Eight||£2360 to £4460|
|Nine||£2660 to £4810|
|Ten||£2760 to £4960|
|System||Five||£2360 to £4310|
|Six||£2460 to £4460|
|Seven||£2760 to £4810|
|Eight||£2860 to £4960|
|Nine||£3160 to £5310|
|Ten||£3260 to £5460|
|Conventional||Five||£2660 to £3760|
|Six||£2760 to £3910|
|Seven||£3060 to £4260|
|Eight||£3160 to £4410|
|Nine||£3460 to £4760|
|Ten||£3560 to £4910|
Capping a gas pipe is the process of placing a cap on a gas supply for safety purposes. This is generally undertaken if there has been a gas leak, or a property has been unoccupied for a significant duration.
Gas capping is a relatively straightforward and inexpensive job, with a price tag of about £20 to £40. Like most work involving gas, this must be dealt with by a competent and certified professional.
There are plenty of advantages to connecting your property to your regional or local gas supply network.
Benefits of a connection:
As with any gas-related work, there are building regulations to take into account. For instance, a Gas Safe registered installer must perform the work. You can hire such an installer via an independent or regional gas distributor.
You’ll find further information is provided on the Planning Portal website. These details are specific to England and Wales, so the rules may vary in Northern Ireland and Scotland.
And here’s another thing...
You’d likely pay £300 to £500 if you were to apply for special building regulations approval. However, the gas distributor employee will be able to sign off the work once complete.
If you are unsure about anything concerning the regulations, please contact your local council.
It is unlikely that planning permission approval will be required. However, if you live in a designated area or listed building, you should contact your local council.
The same applies if you have any doubts regarding planning permission and permitted development. How much does planning permission approval cost? On average, around £200 to £450.
Once more, additional details are available on the Planning Portal.
It is essential that you hire a competent and certified heating engineer for a gas line installation. Heating engineers tend to charge around £40 to £44 per hour.
When hiring a Gas Safe engineer, consider the following:
If you’d like to find out what qualifications and certifications a contractor has, you can do so by contacting the heating engineer directly or, if they are part of a company, their employer.