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Is my propane system considered a jurisdictional system under PHMSA rules?

Updated: Oct 29, 2023

The following type of propane systems are exempt from 49 CFR 192 requirements:

Any pipeline system that transports only petroleum gas or petroleum gas/air mixtures to—

(i) Fewer than 10 customers, if no portion of the system is located in a public place; or

(ii) A single customer, if the system is located entirely on the customer's premises (no matter if a portion of the system is located in a public place).

Written Plan Requirements

Operators of propane jurisdictional systems are required to prepare and follow a manual of written procedures for conducting operations and maintenance activities and for emergency response. This is accomplished by preparing and maintaining the following manuals/plans:

1. Operations and Maintenance Manual

2. Emergency Plan

3. Damage Prevention Plan

4. Operator Qualification Plan

5. Public Awareness Plan

6. Integrity Management Plan*

The manuals must be prepared before operations of a pipeline system commence.

In general, there are two primary codes an operator needs to comply with when installing, maintaining, and servicing a jurisdictional system:

• The Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, Parts 191 and 192

• National Fire Protection Association’s Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code (NFPA 58)

For further reference see this free publication-

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