Gas Test Guide

A city inspection and release for gas service is required for the following conditions:
  • New installation of fuel gas systems
  • Repair of fuel gas leaks and relayed fuel gas yard service
  • Any building that a meter has been removed for whatever reason, except for non-payment
  • Meters removed at the request of city departments such as fire, inspection, and code enforcement
  • Any repair that includes the replacement of gas piping other than the appliance connectors
  • Any changes or additions to existing fuel gas system
Note: Any fuel gas system installation that was not approved by a current or previous plumbing inspection must be in compliance prior to meter release.

This guide is to provide the residential homeowner or occupant information about the requirements for establishing or re-establishing fuel gas service to the property where they live. If the fuel gas service has been discontinued for any reason as mentioned above, a Gas Permit and Inspection will be required prior to resumption of service or the establishment of gas service. In order to resume or reestablish fuel gas service the following conditions must be met:
  • A plumbing permit must be obtained by either the homeowner, see below requirements, or a licensed Plumbing Contractor who has a current Master Plumbers License issued by the Texas State Plumbing Board and is registered with the City of Texarkana as a Plumbing Contractor.
  • Homeowner's Exemption: To obtain a homeowner's plumbing permit, the homeowner must own and occupy the property. If you obtain a homeowner permit, you will be required to meet the same requirements of the plumbing code just as a plumbing contractor.
  • The gas piping system must be tested with a diaphragm test gauge that is approved by the ICC Plumbing Code-2003 with City of Texarkana, Texas Amendments. The tests consist of applying a test pressure of 20 psi, the plumbing inspector must witness this test and the test must be maintained for a minimum of 15 minutes. The test must include al the fuel gas piping starting at the gas meter and include the yard service and all structure appliances to insure proper installation and meet minimum safety requirements.
  • The structure is required to have approved vented heating equipment that is capable of maintaining a minimum habitable temperature of 70 degrees F, three feet above the floor within the structure prior to the fuel gas meter being released. Heating equipment that is installed that has five B.T.U.'s input for each cubic foot of occupied space will be considered adequate to meet this requirement.
  • Upon completion of the plumbing inspection and approval, the plumbing inspector will authorize the release for the fuel gas service to Center Point Gas Company to be connected or re-connected. Afterwards, it is the customer's responsibility to make an appointment with Center Point Gas Company, 1-800-992-7552, to reset the meter.
  • Effective January 1, 1991, dwellings heated by unvented space heaters that have remodeling, renovation or additions exceeding $10,000 or 10% of the dwelling's value, which ever is greater, must have heating equipment installed that is approved by the 2003 International Residential Code, IRC.