Connecting Utilities

When planning your new home, utility connections will be a key factor and cost especially in a rural location.


Water – Mains Connection

Public water supplies fall within the remit of Scottish Water, and details on how to obtain a quote and connection can be found here

Water – Private Connection

Private water supplies fall within the remit of the relevant Local Authority (Council) across Scotland and must be registered with the Local Authority. It is monitored by the local Environment Health officer. 


Waste Water – Mains Connection

Public waste water connections fall within the remit of Scottish Water, and details on how to obtain a quote and connection can be found here

Waste Water – Private Connection

In most rural areas, in the absence of a mains sewer connection, waste water is dealt with via a discharge into a treatment tank. This requires consent and registration with the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), further details can be found here


Electricity – Mains Connection

If you are looking for a mains connection within Scotland you will be connecting into an electricity network owned by one of two suppliers, either Scottish & Southern Energy (Northern Scotland) or Scottish Power (Southern Scotland). You can however use an alternative supplier to undertake the connection and each network owner maintains a list.
Scottish & Southern Energy alternative suppliers can be found here

Scottish Power alternative suppliers can be found here

You can of course approach the Electricity Supplier direct and details for both Scottish & Southern Energy and Scottish Power are given below.

In the North of Scotland supply connections can be obtained from Scottish & Southern Energy and further details can be found here

In the South of Scotland supply connections can be obtained from Scottish Power and further details can be found here

North of Scotland encompasses the following Local Authority (Council) areas:

Shetland; Orkney; Eilean Siar / Western Isles; Highland; Argyll & Bute; Stirling; Perth & Kinross; Angus; Moray; Aberdeen City and Aberdeen-shire.

South of Scotland encompasses the following Local Authority (Council) areas:

Dundee City; Fife, Clackmannanshire; Falkirk; West Lothian; Edinburgh City; Midlothian; East Lothian; Scottish Borders; Inverclyde; West Dunbartonshire; East Dunbartonshire; Glasgow City; Renfrewshire; East Renfrewshire; North Ayrshire; East Ayrshire; South Ayrshire; Dumfries and Galloway; North Lanarkshire; South Lanarkshire.

You may be able to obtain help with the cost of connecting to the mains supply in relation to the North of Scotland by applying to The Scottish Hydro Electric Community Trust, further details can be found here

Electricity – Private Connection

Greater and greater numbers are seeking off grid electricity supplies, originally this would have been provided via a diesel generator, but fortunately the move has been towards wind power and to a lesser degree hydro power. Details in relation to both can be found here


Gas – Mains Connection

If you are looking for a mains gas connection within Scotland you will be connecting into a gas network owned by Scottish Gas Networks. You can however use an alternative supplier to undertake the connection and a list of suppliers can be found here

You can of course approach Scottish Gas Networks direct and further details can be found here

Gas – Private Connection

An alternative to mains gas is Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG), however there are limitations on where an LPG tank can be placed and a detailed review of the site will be required to ensure that the tanks located at least 3 metres away from open gullies/drains as well as other properties/boundaries. There are number of suppliers across Scotland who can undertake this work.

You may require planning permission and will require a Building Warrant, please confirm with your Local Authority.