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is a nonprofit trade organization that promotes safe and responsible oil and natural gas development in La Plata County. Individual and company members work to build community relations, increase public understanding, and address public issues relative to the industry.

Gas Tap Safety : County Policies

La Plata County Building code requires a permit and inspections for new gas taps and repairs. The inspection includes a rough-in piping inspection with air tests and a final inspection of connections, appliance hookups and ventilation.

La Plata County has adopted the 2003 International Building Code as minimum standards for all gas installations. The National Fuel Gas Code is a state standard also used by the county. Copies of these codes are available at the La Plata County Building Department. Additional copies can be found at the Durango Public Library. The La Plata County Building Department is willing to assist residents in understanding how these codes should be used for the installation of gas tap piping and connections.

These codes provide details on pipe sizes and capacity, type of pipe material to be used, pipe installation and systems, installation and connections, odorization and more. The information provided by the codes is too extensive and detailed to reproduce on this page.

La Plata County's first goal is public safety and it encourages residents to contact them regarding modifications to or testing of existing gas taps to bring them into safe compliance. If gas taps are a threat to public safety, the county can take legal action to shutoff the gas and seek penalties for offenses including lack of permit.

County Building Department and Safety contacts are listed at the bottom of this page.