Resources for Permitting & Planning Officials

Local and state governments are the most common regulators of land use and property development near pipelines. Use the resources below to review and implement best practices for permitting and planning decisions near transmission pipelines in your community.




Property Development Guide

Property Development Specifications

Provides guidance regarding project planning and safe excavation near underground pipelines and other utilities. Includes diagrams and guidance for safely crossing pipelines; boring, drilling and tunneling near pipelines; non-explosive seismic testing and blasting; and installing or repairing overhead and buried power or communication cable near existing pipelines. Also includes clearance requirements for roads, railroads and paved lots.
(PDF) 998KB

More Publications

Land Development in Close Proximity to Transmission Pipelines

Brochure for local governments regarding recommended practices for planning, permitting and development near underground transmission pipelines. Developed by the Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance (PIPA).
(PDF) 2.8 MB

Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance Evaluation Worksheet for Local Governments

Worksheet for local government planning and permitting officials. Designed for use when permitting development near existing transmission pipelines. Developed by the Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance (PIPA).
(DOCX) 87 KB

Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance Summary Report for County Officials

Summary of recommendations and best practices from the Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance’s November 2010 report for permitting, planning and development near transmission pipelines. Prepared by the National Association of Counties (NACo)."
(PDF) 3.6 MB

Land and Use Development Checklist

Checklist for planning, design, communication, permitting and site plan review for projects near existing transmission pipelines.  Developed by the Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance (PIPA) for use by permitting and planning officials.
(PDF) 126 KB

Pipeline Risk and its Application to Local Development Decisions

Report developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to assist local governments and developers in better understanding pipeline risks.  Also provides a context for the use of recommended practices for development permitting near existing hazardous liquids and gas transmission pipelines.
(PDF) 1.4 MB

Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance Report & Recommendations

Final report and recommendations developed by the Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance (PIPA). Includes recommended practices to assist in decision-making about what, where and how to build safely near transmission pipelines.
(PDF) 4.9MB

A Guideline for Pipeline Safety

Pipeline safety information for those living and working near pipelines operated by Marathon Pipe Line LLC. Includes information about right-of-way protection and integrity management activities.
(PDF) 4 MB


Land Use Planning and Transmission Pipelines.
Find the general location of Marathon Pipe Line LLC's above and underground pipeline system in your community and information about the line.
View a map of transmission pipelines in your community.  Click “PIMMA” to request password-protected access to download GIS map files.  Managed by the U.S.  Department of Transportation.
Resources for permitting and planning officials developed by the Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance (PIPA).
Pipeline emergency response training materials produced by the National Association of State Fire Marshals and the U.S. Department of Transportation.  Includes instructor training materials and a mobile application for iPhone and Android devices.  Also includes link to online training portal.
Reference resources for local government officials provided by the Pipeline Safety Trust.


Pipeline 101 Website

Information about pipelines provided by the Association of Oil Pipelines and the American Petroleum Institute.