Pipe-lines Act 1962

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1962 c. 58


Pipe-lines Act, 1962

(10 & 11 Eliz. 2) CHAPTER 58

An Act to regulate and facilitate the construction, and secure the safe operation, of pipe-lines and make provision for matters arising thereout; and to provide that certain pipe-lines shall be plant or machinery for the purposes of the enactments relating to rating in England and Wales.

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

Control of Construction of Pipe-lines

Control of Construction of Pipe-lines

S-1 Cross-country pipe-lines not to be constructed without the Minister's authority.

1 Cross-country pipe-lines not to be constructed without the Minister's authority.

(1) It shall not be lawful for works to be executed in land for the construction of a cross-country pipe-line except under an authorisation in that behalf (in this Act referred to as a ‘pipe-line construction authorisation’) granted by the Minister, or otherwise than along the route delineated on the map annexed to the authorisation or within such limits of lateral deviation from that route as may be specified in the authorisation, or (except with the consent of the Minister) by a person other than the one named in the application for the authorisation as he who will be the owner of the line, and if works are executed in contravention of this subsection, the person executing them shall be liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding one hundred pounds.

(2) The Minister, on an application for a pipe-line construction authorisation, shall have power in his discretion to grant the application or to refuse it.

(3) The provisions of Part I of the First Schedule to this Act shall have effect with respect to the making of applications for pipe-line construction authorisations, for the purpose of securing that opportunities are afforded for the making of objections to such applications and to any modifications subject to which they may be granted and with respect to other related matters therein mentioned.

(4) If, after a pipe-line construction authorisation has been granted, the execution of the works whose execution is authorised thereby has not been substantially begun at the expiration of twelve months from the date on which it was granted, or at the expiration of any extension of that period which the Minister may allow, the authorisation shall become of no effect, except as regards works previously executed.

(5) The Minister shall not allow any extension under the last foregoing subsection of the time within which the execution in any land of the works whose execution is authorised by a pipe-line construction authorisation must be begun unless he is satisfied that notice of the making of the application for the extension has been given to every owner, lessee and occupier (other than tenants for a month or any period less than a month) of the land and that sufficient time has elapsed to allow every person to whom the notice was given an opportunity of making to the Minister written objection to the application.

S-2 Local pipe-lines not to be constructed without notice to the Minister.

2 Local pipe-lines not to be constructed without notice to the Minister.

(1) It shall not be lawful for works to be executed in land for the construction of a local pipe-line unless, not less than sixteen weeks (or such shorter period as the Minister may in a particular case allow) before the date on which the execution of the works is begun, there has been given to the Minister a notice of intention to execute them, being a notice complying with the requirements of the next following subsection, nor shall it be lawful for works to be so executed for the construction of such a line otherwise than along the route delineated on the map which, by virtue of that subsection, must accompany the notice or within such limits of lateral deviation from that route as may be prescribed for the purposes of this subsection; and if works are executed in contravention of this subsection, the person executing them shall be liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding one hundred pounds.

(2) A notice for the purposes of the foregoing subsection must—

(a ) state the name and address of the person who will be the owner of the proposed pipe-line;

(b ) specify the points between which the proposed pipe-line is to run and be accompanied by three copies of a map (whereof the scale shall be not less than that of six inches to the mile) on which is delineated the route between those points which the proposed pipe-line is to take;

(c ) state whether or not the grant of any rights or the giving of any street or river works consents is requisite to enable the proposed pipe-line to be constructed and to be, during the period during which it may reasonably be expected to remain, inspected, maintained, adjusted, repaired and renewed and, if it be the case that the grant of any rights or the giving of any such consents is requisite for that purpose, specify the rights and consents the grant or giving of which is so requisite and state, with respect to each of them, whether the grant or giving thereof has been, or can be, obtained;

(d ) state what is proposed to be conveyed in the proposed pipe-line;

(e ) contain such other (if any) particulars as may be prescribed.

(3) If, after a notice for the purposes of subsection (1) of this section has been given to the Minister, the execution of the works to which the notice relates has not been substantially begun at the expiration of twelve months from the date on which it was given to him, or at the expiration of any extension of that period which he may allow, the notice shall be treated as invalid for those purposes except as regards works previously executed.

(4) The Minister shall not allow any extension under the last foregoing subsection of the time within which the execution in any land of the works to which a notice given for the purposes of subsection (1) of this section relates must be begun unless he is satisfied that notice of the making of the application for the extension has been given to every owner, lessee or occupier (other than tenants for a month or any period less than a month) of the land and that sufficient time has elapsed to allow every person to whom the notice was given an opportunity of making to the Minister written objection to the application.

(5) The Minister may by order direct that subsection (1) of this section shall, in relation to pipe-lines of a class specified in the order, have effect with the substitution, for the reference to sixteen weeks, of a reference to such shorter period as may be specified in the order.

An order under this subsection may be varied or revoked by a subsequent order and any such order shall be made by statutory instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

S-3 Diversion of pipe-lines.

3 Diversion of pipe-lines.

(1) A length of a pipe-line placed in any land under a pipe-line construction authorisation or in accordance with a notice given to the Minister for the purposes of subsection (1) of section two of this Act or, after the grant of such an authorisation in relation thereto or the giving for the purposes of the said subsection (1) of a notice in relation thereto, proposed to be placed in any land under the authorisation or in accordance with the notice, may be diverted laterally from the route delineated on the map annexed to the authorisation or, as the case may be, accompanying the notice, to an extent greater than that permissible apart from this subsection if—

(a ) in a case where the length of the line as a whole after the diversion exceeds or is intended to exceed ten miles (whether or not its length before the diversion exceeded ten miles) or a case where its length after diversion neither exceeds nor is intended to exceed ten miles but before diversion exceeded or was intended to exceed ten miles, the diversion is effected pursuant to an authorisation in that behalf (in this Act referred to as a ‘pipe-line diversion authorisation’) granted by the Minister and so much of the line as is diverted is placed along the route delineated on the map annexed to the authorisation or within such limits of lateral deviation therefrom as may be specified in the authorisation;

(b ) in a case where the length of the line as a whole before diversion neither exceeded nor was intended to exceed ten miles and its length thereafter neither exceeds nor is intended to exceed ten miles, notice of intention to divert it is given to the Minister and so much of the line as is diverted is placed along the route delineated on the map which, by virtue of the following provisions of this section, must accompany the notice or within such limits of lateral deviation from that route as may be prescribed for the purposes of subsection (1) of the said section two.

(2) The foregoing subsection shall have effect for the purpose of authorising the further lateral diversion of a length of a pipe-line previously diverted pursuant thereto as it has effect for the purpose of authorising the original diversion of that length.

(3) Where a length of a pipe-line is diverted in pursuance of subsection (1) of this section, no offence in respect of the construction of the line shall be taken to be committed under section one or two of this Act.

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