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SERVICE ABANDONMENT OPTIONS

SERVICE ABANDONMENT OPTIONS

Service Abandonment/Discontinuance Requests

Property owners who wish to have Washington Gas abandon or disconnect their underground service line must complete the Gas Service Abandonment/Demolition Request Form. The completed form may be emailed to svcabandonments@washgas.com or faxed to 703-750-7570.

Due to the lead time for Washington Gas to acquire the appropriate permits, service abandonment could take eight to 12 weeks to fully complete. To process your request, customers must choose one of the two options below to discontinue gas service.


  • Option 1: Permanent abandonment of gas service

    Permanent abandonment is required if you anticipate that you will not use gas for a year or more. This entails Washington Gas permanently disconnecting the gas line connected to your home/project at the main pipeline, which is often located in the street and will therefore require Washington Gas to obtain the necessary permit(s) before the work can be started. This will be performed at no cost to you. However, should you choose to start natural gas service again in the future, there may be a cost associated with that service.

    Washington Gas will also issue a “Service Abandonment” letter, verifying Washington Gas’ completion of the permanent abandonment of service. This official document will not be issued until the natural gas service line has been physically severed and a technician has taken possession of the gas meter.

    Note: The “Service Abandonment” letter is an official document that may be required by local permitting authorities before a demolition permit will be issued for the property. Furthermore, the letter is essential verification to customers that their gas service has been permanently abandoned and no longer presents a safety hazard or impediment to tear down of their structures.

  • Option 2: Temporary abandonment of gas service

    Temporary abandonment is appropriate if you plan to resume gas service within one year of the disconnection of your service. If you choose this option, Washington Gas will temporarily disconnect the gas service to the property in question by excavating and capping off the gas service line at the point where the service line enters the customer’s private property. While this temporary disconnection is performed at no cost, there may be a cost associated with reconnecting and restoring service. For this option, customers will also receive a “Service Abandonment” letter from Washington Gas after the natural gas service line has been physically severed and a technician has taken possession of the gas meter.

    Note: Temporary disconnects will not be allowed to remain disconnected indefinitely. Washington Gas may initiate activity to permanently disconnect the service at the main if a request to reconnect the gas line is not received within six months after the end of the one-year, no gas use period.

Confirmation of No Gas Service Requests

Property owners who wish to have Washington Gas confirm there is no natural gas on their property must complete the Request to Confirm No Gas Service form. The completed form may emailed to svcabandonments@washgas.com or faxed to 703-750-7570.

Submission of the Request to Confirm No Gas Service form will result in an on-site inspection by a Washington Gas technician, performed at no cost to you, to verify that there is no active gas piping which may present a safety hazard or impediment to tear down the structure(s). A letter confirming there is no gas service on your property will be issued as a result of this inspection.

For safety reasons, it is imperative that the person or contractor performing the work call Miss Utility at 811 before digging or excavating on your project. A marking of the entire property should be requested. Learn more about about Miss Utility and 811.

A Confirmation of No Gas Service request takes approximately three weeks to complete.