Protecting the Pipeline Right of Way

The pipeline right of way (ROW) is the area on top and on either side of the pipeline that you share with Colonial Pipeline.  An easement agreement, which was negotiated at the time the pipeline was installed, defines the ROW width and gives Colonial the right to bury, maintain, and retain access to the pipeline on your property for general maintenance and repair. Landowners can obtain a copy of their easement from their local county courthouse, or can contact Colonial’s ROW Records Department at with property-related questions.

Many activities are allowed on the pipeline right of way. But there are also usage restrictions to ensure your safety and the safety of your community. For example, no permanent structures such as buildings, sheds, decks, patios, etc., are allowed on the ROW. These items can restrict access and increase the weight on the line. No trees may be planted on the right of way. Trees can obscure visual access from Colonial patrol planes that fly the pipeline ROW each week, looking for evidence of damage or leaks. A complete listing of ROW “dos” and “don’ts” is available as the downloadable document, About Your Easement.  

Occasionally, Colonial may need to access your property to inspect or maintain our pipeline. Mowing and clearing crews are also dispatched on a periodic basis to keep the ROW clear. Colonial will make a reasonable effort to notify you by mail or in person prior to access for all scheduled maintenance. If work is unscheduled, we will attempt to contact you in person. If you are not at home, a message will be left on your door.


Call Before You Dig

Building a new fence or installing a swimming pool in your back yard? Is the local utility running new underground lines in your neighborhood? Be sure to call “8-1-1” before you dig near a pipeline right of way to prevent accidents and ensure safety.

Safety First

Colonial Pipeline Company is committed to safety and environmental stewardship across all of our operations. This philosophy is fundamental to the success of our business. Please visit our Safety & Environment page to learn more about our operating principles.