These are some of the regulations:

Outside placement of gas cylinders for Hobs, Geysers, Fireplaces (External gas installation)


According to SANS 10087, the regulations state where a bottle can or can’t be placed and how an installation may be completed.

  • Cylinder(s) cannot be placed closer than 1m to a door, window or airbrick.
  • Cylinder(s) cannot be placed closer than 2m to an open drain or man hole where the gas can gather if the bottle leaks.
  • Cylinder(s) cannot be placed closer than 5m to an electrical point such as a DB board, motor, generator, pool pump etc.
  • Cylinder(s) cannot be placed underneath a window unless the window is no less than 3m above. This distance can be reduced to 300mm by a non-combustible roof which is placed between the window and the cylinder/s.
  • Cylinder(s) cannot be placed closer than 1m to a boundary wall, unless the wall is a double brick “firewall” > 1.8m tall, with no ventilation gaps in the wall.

Connection to Hob from the cylinders outside

  • Wall sockets are to be at least 200mm either side of the cooking top.
  • The isolation switch must be at least 200mm away from the cooking top.
  • No plug points to be placed in the cupboard directly underneath the hob or cooking top.
  • The electrical connection for the ignition is to be connected directly. It cannot be plugged in.

Inside placement of gas cylinder for Hob (Gas Installation in cupboard)

  • Cylinder cannot be installed above the cooking or heating appliance.
  • Cylinder cannot be installed in pantries or other places for food storage.
  • Adequate ventilation in the cupboard door must be ensured.
  • The cylinder cannot be closer than 300mm from the gas hob.
  • No electrical connections or plug points to be installed in the same cupboard as the cylinder.