​Out-of-Season Guidelines


In most cases, CenterPoint Energy installs natural gas service lines year 'round even during the coldest winter months where the main is available on the house side of the street.


Out-of-season charges for work performed between 
November 1 through March 31
Frost burner  $240 per frost burner per day 
Two burners typically needed for two days. Additional usage may be needed per site conditions.
Mains$2 per foot
Residential services $4 per foot
Commercial services $8 per foot
Guard posts Costs for guard posts installed Nov. 1 to
Mar. 31 will include costs for time and material.
Avoid out-of-season charges:
Meet these dates, and you can avoid out-of-season charges.
Please refer to the site-readiness checklist.
  Sept. 15 Oct. 1  Oct. 15 Nov. 1
 All mains Application dueSite ready ​​​ 
 All service lines    Application due Site ready*
 Temp heat    Application due Site ready

* = Long sides are dependent on the restrictions put on by each municipality and may be unavailable Nov.15 to Apr. 15. If allowed by the city, a customer may use a contractor for boring and have a sleeve installed. After that, CenterPoint Energy will install the pipe.      


You can avoid out-of-season service installation charges if you meet these conditions:

  • Natural gas is available at the street

  • You apply for natural gas service by Oct. 15

  • Your site meets readiness requirements by Nov. 1

Out-of-season charges: $4 per foot.  An additional $240 per burner per day will be assessed if a frost burner is needed.

* Dates are reviewed annually and are subject to change.