Connection to the heat transmission network of sites intended for non-household needs
 

This section provides the following information:

  • General information as to the connection to the heat transmission network;
  • Information as to who can connect and who can offer the heat transmission service;
  • Information concerning the connection procedure:
- Filing written application for inspection of the technical feasibility and for conclusion of preliminary agreement for connection for non-household needs;
- Preliminary inspection for the connection of the site, by virtue of which the heat transmission company determines the technical conditions, method, point or place and term;
- Preparation of the investment project of the connected site and its submission to the heat transmission company to check the compliance with the technical conditions for the connection prior to its submission for approval;
- Conclusion of preliminary agreement for non-household needs

- Construction of the heat transmission facilities;

- Conclusion of connection and supply agreement.

 

General information

The term “heat transmission network” is defined in paragraph 1, point 65 of the additional provisions of the Energy Act (EA). Heat  transmission network is a system of heat pipelines and technological facilities located between the boundaries of ownership of the heat transmission enterprise with the heat source and/or the clients, serving for transmission of heating power from the heat source to the clients.

 

Who can connect and who can offer the service?

Owners and persons to whom material right to construction is established or right to use a property can connect to the heat supply network. The heat supply network is provided by the respective heat transmission network operators.

 

What is the procedure for connection to the heat transmission network?

Filing written application for inspection of the technical feasibility and conclusion of preliminary agreement for connection for non-household needs

Filing written application for inspection of the technical feasibility and conclusion of preliminary agreement for connection for non-household needs

Persons who would like to connect to the heat transmission network sites under construction and / or existing sites, file with the heat transmission company written application for inspection of the terms and conditions and method for connection of the site to the heat transmission network and conclusion of preliminary agreement.

According to art. 18, para 1 of ORDINANCE No 16-334 of 6 April 2007 on heat supply, approved investment project of executive documentation1 of the heating installation and hot water supply for household needs are provided for built sites subject to heat supply.

The application is filed in a standard form approved by the heat transmission company.

A document for the paid fee for the inspection for the connection is attached thereto. Art. 26, para 1 of the Ordinance set out the complete set of documents required upon filing of the application.

An illustrative  example and the required documentation (Toplofikatsiya Russe) of an application for the inspection of the technical feasibility and conclusion of preliminary agreement is available on the website of the company.

 

Important to know
Important to know

The templates and the other documents required for filing of the written application may differ in the different regions and in the different district heating companies. Check the proper templates on the website or directly at the respective operator in the area where you business operates.

 

Preliminary inspection for the connection of the site by virtue of which the heat transmission company determines the technical conditions, method, point or place and deadline

Preliminary inspection for the connection of the site by virtue of which the heat transmission company determines the technical conditions, method, point or place and deadline

Within one month the heat transmission company notifies in writing the person as to the outcome of the preliminary inspection and in case of consent offers draft preliminary agreement for connection to the heat transmission network.

The heat transmission company may refuse to connect a producer or customer within the deadlines set out in art. 18, para 3 of the Ordinance by justifying the reasons for the refusal in writing.

The refusal may be appealed by virtue of an appeal filed with the specific heat transmission operator that has rejected the connection.

Preparation of an investment project for the connected site and submission to the heat transmission company for inspection of the compliance with the technical conditions for the connection prior to its submission for approval Preparation of an investment project for the connected site and submission to the heat transmission company for inspection of the compliance with the technical conditions for the connection prior to its submission for approval

The investment project are prepared by designers and may be developed in the following phases:

  • Conceptual design;
  • Technical design;
  • Detailed working project (blueprints and details).
Conclusion of a preliminary agreement for non-household needs

Conclusion of a preliminary agreement for non-household needs

The preliminary connection agreement is signed within one month as of the date of receipt of the notice by virtue of which the specific operator gives consent for the connection or rejects it.

You have to file an application in a standard form to the respective operator for signing of a preliminary agreement

The documents that need to be attached to the application for signing of a preliminary agreement for connection of a site for non-household needs are as follows:

  • Data concerning the person, including court certificate of current status on the company file, when the person is a trader in the meaning of the Commerce Act;
  • Notarized power of attorney of the person authorised to represent the entity;
  • Approved investment project and permit for construction.

The preliminary agreement sets out the rights and obligations of the heat transmission company and the persons requesting connection to the heat transmission network for sites under construction and / or existing sites, the technical requirements for the connection, the type of the heating installation, the deadline and terms and conditions to sign a connection agreement.

Construction of the heat transmission facilities

Construction of the heat transmission facilities

According to art. 136, para 1 of the EA in connecting a client of heat power for non-household purposes the connecting pipelines and their facilities, as well as the junction, shall be constructed by and for the account of the client and shall be his property.

Conclusion of connection and supply agreement

Conclusion of connection and supply agreement

Following successful completion of the preceding steps, you have to file an application in a standard form for the signing of a final agreement for connection to the specific heat transmission operator.

Detailed list of the steps in the procedure for connection to the heat transmission network of Sofia Municipality may be found on the website of Toplofikatsiya Sofia. You can contact the respective company in the region where your business operates to obtain information about the specific procedure of the other municipal companies.

The agreement sets out the terms, prices and conditions for the future use of the heating energy by the site and art. 17, para 4 of the Ordinance provides exhaustive information as to the contents of the final agreement.

The technical/working projects and the executive drawings of the facilities and installations of the site at the place of the connection, as well as the “findings act” that the construction is in compliance with the approved investment projects form integral part to the connection agreement.

 

Term

Many of the terms in the procedure for the connection to the heat transmission networks are set out in the connection agreement and by the specific operator.

 

Fee

The fees for the various stages during the procedure to connect to the heat transmission network are specific for each company providing the service.

 

For more information
For more information

More information on the indicative fees for the provision of services related to the supply of heating energy is available at the website of Toplofikatsiya Sofia EAD and the other heat distribution companies operating throughout the country.

 

1The executive documentation contains the full set of drawings covering the actual construction and montage works carried out.

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