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New Buildings

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New buildings

Under Circular No 27/4.3.2004 from the Ministry of Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works and following the entry into force of Law 3175/29.08.03 (Government Gazette, Series I, No 207), EDA THESSALONIKI - THESSALIA has, since 1 January 2007, been carrying out checks on gaseous fuel and natural gas installation designs, as the Gas Distribution Company has to issue a certificate of proper and complete implementation of the gas design for the file to be closed for every new building.

The following is an outline of the procedure followed to date.

The legislative framework consists of the following:

  • Ministerial Decision No Δ3/Α/6598Technical Regulation for Natural Gas Installations with an operating pressure of up to 500 mbar’ (Government Gazette, Series II, No 976/28.03.2012)

  • Ministerial Decision No Δ3/Α/11346Technical Regulation for Natural Gas Installations with an operating pressure of up to 1 bar’ (Government Gazette, Series II, No 963/15.07.2003)

    Internal gas installations with an operating pressure between 500 mbar and 1 bar are, as of the date of publication of the above regulation, no longer subject to the provisions of the joint ministerial decision published in Government Gazette, Series II, No 1730/09.12.2005, but are still subject to the provisions of the Regulation published in Government Gazette, Series II, No 963/15.07.2003 (download the file in PDF format), except from those relating to materials and certificates of suitability. More specifically, paragraph 1.2.5 of the Regulation published in Government Gazette, Series II, No 963/15.07.2003 is replaced by paragraph 1.2.3 of the regulation published in Government Gazette, Series II, No 976/28.03.2012. Chapter 5 ‘Piping network specifications’ of the regulation published in Government Gazette, Series II, No 963/15.07.2003 is replaced by chapter 5 of the Regulation published in Government Gazette, Series II, No 976/28.03.2012.

  • Presidential Decree 420/1987 (Government Gazette, Series I, No 87/20.10.1987) on the “Installation of fuel gas networks in new buildings”

  • Presidential Decree 321/1988 (Government Gazette, Series I, No 50/08.07.1988) “Amending and supplementing Presidential Decree 420/1987 (Government Gazette, Series I, No 87/20.10.1987) “

  • 3175/2003 (Government Gazette No 207/29.08.2003) on “Utilising geothermal potential, district heating and other provisions”  

    Circular No 27/04.03.2004 from the Ministry of Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works providing “Clarifications on the implementation of the technical regulation for gas installations with an operating pressure of up to 1 bar.”

  • Ministerial Decision No Δ3/Α/22925 ‘Regulation for the installation of natural gas supply lines and meters with an operating pressure of up to 4 bar’ (Government Gazette No 1810/12.12.2006)

    The applicable legislation and procedure applies to all new buildings and additions to existing buildings for which a file is submitted to the Town Planning Department after 1 January 2007 (registered date of receipt). Please note that the procedure does not apply to all permits, but only to those issued for new buildings or extensions of height or area. The following is the specific scope for buildings outside a town plan, according to Circular No 27/2004.

    The areas of the Prefecture of Thessaloniki which are subject to the provisions are listed in the table below.

1

Municipality of Ampelokipoi

15

Community of Adendron

2

Municipality of Thessaloniki

16

Community of Kalochorion

3

Municipality of Kalamaria

17

Community of Sindos

4

Municipality of Neapolis

18

Community of Chalkidona

5

Municipality of Polichni

19

Municipality of Ionia (Community of Diavata and N. Magnisia)

6

Municipality of Stavroupolis

20

Municipality of Eleftherion Kordelion

7

Municipality of Sykees

21

Municipality of Panorama

8

Municipality of Menemeni

22

Municipality of Thermi

9

Municipality of Pylaia

23

Community of Efkarpia

10

Municipality of Triandria

24

Community of Neochorouda

11

Municipality of Evosmos

25

Community of Filyro

12

Community of Agios Pavlos

26

Community of Oraiokastron

13

Community of Agios Athanasios

27

Community of Asvestochorion

14

Community of Anchialos

28

Community of Exochi

        The areas of the Prefecture of Larisa and Magnesia which are subject to the provisions are listed in the table below.

1 Municipality of Larisa
2 Urban area of Volos
3 Municipality of Volos
4 Municipality of Nea Ionia
5 Community of Agiou Onoufriou
6 Community of Agria
7 Community of Alli Meria
8 Community of Anakasia
9 Community of Ano Volos
10 Community of Diminiou
11 Except Urban area of Volos
12 Municipality of Velestino

 

The areas in the table are listed as per Presidential Decree 321/1988 and Law 3175/2003, without taking into account the Municipalities and Communities that were unified under the Callicrates scheme.

The procedures for implementing the legislation in force consist of the following 5 stages:

1. The constructor (or designer) submits the complete building design file to the competent town planning department, except for the exhaust flue design, which he must submit in three copies to the office of EDA THESSALONIKI - THESSALIA.The office is open for designer engineers to submit or deliver designs from 08.30 to 13.00. An application should be filed to submit the design, in accordance with Circular No 27/04.03.2004 from the Ministry of Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works.

The design should be submitted to EDA THESSALONIKI - THESSALIA following approval of the architectural and static study by the competent town planning services, so that the flue design can be drawn up taking into consideration the architectural and statics plans.

It is also recommended that, in drawing up the design, particular emphasis should be placed on the positioning of wall-mounted gas boilers which are to be installed on balconies, to comply with the provisions of Article 30(10) of Law 3175/2003. 

The gas design must meet the needs for heating (using either a central heating system or individual gas devices), hot water (using either individual gas-fired devices for hot water or water heaters-boilers), cooking and professional purposes (if necessary), in accordance with Article 2(1) of Presidential Decree 420/1987.  To meet cooking needs, one meter and one gas line should be provided for each apartment, which should be shown up to the location of the cooking apparatus on the design.

In all new buildings, exhaust gases should be vented through a flue (one for each device, or a common flue) above the roof or terrace of the building.

2. EDA THESSALONIKI - THESSALIA should check the design within 8 business days and:

(a) If the design is approved, 2 of the 3 copies should be delivered to the designer, sealed and signed by the engineer of EDA THESSALONIKI - THESSALIA, to be submitted to the competent town planning department for the issue of the building permit. The copies should be accompanied by a document from EDA THESSALONIKI - THESSALIA.

(b) Otherwise, the design should be handed back to the engineer, accompanied by a form with comments and corrections.

3. Pursuant to Article 30(7) of Law 3175/2003, upon completion of the construction of a natural gas installation – not necessarily upon completion of all building works – the supervising engineer should send the competent office of EDA THESSALONIKI - THESSALIA an installation inspection application, to which a solemn declaration should be attached certifying that the installation was constructed in accordance with the design and the applicable specifications, as well as a solemn declaration by the installer.

4. EDA THESSALONIKI - THESSALIA should then inspect the construction and technical integrity of the networks, as well as the implementation of the approved design. Following a site inspection, it should issue a certificate of proper construction of the installation. The site inspection should be carried out within 10 business days of the date of submission of the solemn declarations. The builder or designer engineer should submit the certificate to the competent town planning department, to have the permit ratified.

5. If the site inspection identifies technical errors, shortcomings, irregularities or deviations from the approved design, the constructor will be instructed to remedy the situation. No certificate will be issued by EDA THESSALONIKI - THESSALIA if the construction does not conform to the approved design. In that case, the supervising engineer should submit an installation re-inspection application, attaching again the supervising engineer and installer’s solemn declarations. Please note that EDA THESSALONIKI - THESSALIA requires that all the provisions of the approved design be adhered to faithfully.

Where it is impossible for EDA to carry out a site inspection, the competent town planning department should specify whether the design needs amendment or revision. The actions to be taken by the engineer or contractor should be specified by the town planning department, based on the comments form from EDA THESSALONIKI - THESSALIA.

Please note that the site inspection is carried out and the certificate is issued by EDA THESSALONIKI - THESSALIA to have the permit ratified by the competent town planning department and have the building definitively connected with the public utility networks (electricity supply to the building), but not to activate the natural gas supply. To activate the natural gas supply, provided that contracts have been entered into with EDA THESSALONIKI - THESSALIA, it is necessary to submit a technical report, one for each internal installation instead of one for the entire building, in accordance with the requirements laid down in the Technical Regulation.

 

Useful documents:

  • FUEL GAS DESIGN RATIFICATION APPLICATION

  • INSTALLATION INSPECTION APPLICATION

  • SOLEMN DECLARATION BY THE INSTALLATION’S SUPERVISING ENGINEER

  • SOLEMN DECLARATION BY THE INSTALLER

  • IMMEDIATE CONNECTION APPLICATION

  • APPLICATION FOR AN ON-SITE INSPECTION CERTIFICATE

According to paragraph 11 of Circular No 27/4.3.2004: ‘The provisions of Article 30(7) of Law 3175/03 shall apply to all buildings within the boundaries of approved town plans, as well as buildings outside approved town plans, but within the administrative boundaries of municipalities, on condition that they are up to 25 meters far from low pressure natural gas pipelines’.   Therefore, EDA THESSALONIKI - THESSALIA does not carry out site inspections for buildings which are outside a town plan or are more than 25 meters far from low pressure pipelines (4 bar). Please note that the above provisions relate to the construction of the internal installation, and the obligation to draw up and submit a fuel gas design applies just as with buildings within a town plan. As regards buildings which are more than 25 meters far from a natural gas pipeline, the supervising engineer should send EDA THESSALONIKI - THESSALIA a copy of the building permit issued and will then obtain a certificate that no site inspection is needed. The engineer should then submit the certificate to the competent town planning department.

As part of the site inspection carried out to issue a certificate, the entire internal installation should be inspected, i.e. the gas pipes from the point of installation of the meters, as indicated by the designer, up to the devices, exhausts and vents. All relevant fixtures indicated by the designer (valves, tees, mantles) should be mounted on the gas pipeline, and the pipes should be plugged if the building is not connected with the natural gas network.

Please also note that, according to Government Gazette No 1810/12.12.2006, it is recommended that the natural gas meter cabinets should be installed on the ground floor or in the open ground-floor parking area of newly-erected buildings, for easier future supervision and readings by the staff of EDA THESSALONIKI - THESSALIA and to save space on balconies. It is recommended that recesses should be created in the perimeter walls and in the walls intended for the installation of the pressure reducer and meter cabinets, to ensure the optimal solution in terms of safety, functionality and aesthetics for the building.

Where the meter is installed in a recess, cabinet dimensions should be calculated with an increase of 5%.