Jump to Footer

Customer Rights and Responsibilities: Right-of-Way

On this page, we will discuss a customer's rights and responsibilities when it comes to right-of-ways.

A pipeline "right-of-way" is a strip of land over and around natural gas pipelines. A right-of-way agreement between the gas company and the property owner is called an easement. Easements provide a company like Peoples with permanent, limited interest to the land so that we can access, operate, test, inspect, maintain, and protect our pipelines.

Although agreements may vary, a right-of-way can extend up to 25 feet each way from the center of the pipeline. If there is an easement on your property, you should be aware of our guidelines for encroachment and construction near natural gas pipeline equipment. Pipeline right-of-ways must be kept free of trees, brush, buildings, structures, and other obstructions so we can safely operate our pipeline, respond to emergencies, eliminate third party damage, provide right-of-way surveillance, and perform routine maintenance and Federal and/or State inspections. You can review the specific guidelines for different structures below.

Above-Ground Structures

Above-ground structures, such as buildings, storage sheds, and brick, concrete, or block fences and walls are NOT permitted within the right-of-way without the prior consent of Peoples.


Vinyl, wood, and/or chain link fences are permitted within the right-of-way if:

  • Peoples gives prior written consent
  • They follow the property line
  • They cross the right-of-way at an angle not less than 90 degrees to the pipeline
  • An adequately sized gate is installed in each fence crossing for periodic patrol and maintenance access
  • No fence post is installed closer than 5 feet to the pipeline

Roads and Driveways

Concrete, asphalt, gravel, and/or dirt roads, driveways, and pathways are NOT permitted within the right-of-way without prior consent of Peoples.

Other Surface Improvements

Sport courts (i.e. tennis, basketball, etc.) concrete patios, or other hard-surface improvements are NOT permitted within the right-of-way without prior consent of Peoples.

Other Utilities

Other utilities may be installed within the right-of-way, with the property owner's consent, in accordance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations. Prior written consent must be obtained from Peoples to construct or install a proposed utility parallel within or crossing perpendicular to a Peoples easement. The other utilities must not interfere with the pipeline.


A minimum of 3 feet, but no more than 6 feet of cover must be maintained over the pipeline. Any exceptions or changes to the ground contour in the right-of-way require Peoples prior written consent.


Do NOT plant trees or high shrubs on the right-of-way.


Do NOT build, store, or place anything on or near the right-of-way without first calling 811 or Peoples.


Do NOT dig, tunnel, or bore without first calling 811.