In accordance with Article 28 of the Federal Pipelines Act, the construction and alteration of buildings and installations by third parties may only be approved with the consent of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE).
However, the SFOE has delegated this task to the FPI, which is empowered to issue building permits to third parties within the scope of the applicable regulations.
In principle, all construction activities that are carried out at a distance of less than ten metres from the pipeline or less than thirty metres from an auxiliary installation require a permit. This applies both to permanent and to temporary construction projects, as well as to major alterations to existing structures, including new buildings, road maintenance, supply lines, marquees, events, etc. For further details, please refer to the fact sheet (cf. link under "Related documents"), or contact the pipeline operator concerned.
Third parties wishing to submit an application for a permit for a building activity should contact the pipeline operator concerned or the FPI secretariat.