On this page you will find more information on KLIP, the Flemish platform for the exchange of information regarding cables and pipelines.
What is KLIP?
KLIP is short for “Kabel- en Leidinginformatieportaal” (Cable and Pipeline Information Portal) and is a web-based application of the Flemish Region aiming to help prevent excavation damage to cables and pipelines. In Flanders it is compulsory to consult KLIP in the case of work both on public and on private domain (with the exception of manual excavation works).
KLIP is linked to the federal KLIM-CICC (for more information: see the page on KLIM-CICC): each request submitted to KLIP is automatically transmitted to KLIM-CICC.
KLIP operates on a ‘question and answer’ basis in a given area. KLIP in itself does not contain cable and pipeline information but only serves as a platform for the exchange of information among cable and pipeline operators and parties requesting plan information.
As of 2016 not only the plan requests are done digitally but the plan handling as well. Replies consequently have to go through KLIP, which processes the replies into one aggregated plan in vector format. KLIP also has a built-in viewer allowing to consult the maps online.
The provisions are laid down in the KLIP Decree of 14 March 2008.
A single rate per request applies:
- For small works (within an area of less than 200 m²): € 5
- For bigger works (within an area of more than 200 m²): € 10.
If you do not wish to download the data in XML format, an additional € 5 is due.
Affiliation for cable and pipeline operators is free of charge.
All cable and pipeline operators active in Flanders have to register with KLIP. All pipeline operators have to respond to plan requests within 5 working days: they either answer that they do not operate cables and pipelines in the requested area or they share all information relating to their cables and pipelines in IMKL data format. Each pipeline operator is responsible for his own data.
Anyone planning groundworks (with the exception of manual works) has to submit a KLIP planning application. Each party requesting plans has to do so 40 days before the start of the works at the earliest but there is no minimum term. However, the party requesting plans may not start the works prior to having received the plans.
For information coming from FETRAPI members (the Federation of Pipeline Transporters) having received their request through the linked KLIM-CICC platform, the term for replying is 15 working days at the most.
The term for replying to a request via KLIP is 5 working days at the most. In practice the term for replying is usually less than 2 working days.
After 6 months the replies in KLIP are archived.