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Installing Aboveground Fuel Tanks

Permit Application

The following requirements are a brief guide for installations of aboveground fuel tanks, whether permanent or temporary in nature.  For more specific details, consult Division B, Part 4 of the Alberta Fire Code 2014.

  1. A permit is required from the Fire Prevention Branch for any new or replacement installation of aboveground fuel tanks with a storage capacity of 2500L or greater.
  2. For aboveground fuel tank installations over 8 000L or 20 000L aggregate capacity, an engineered site plan with stamp of approval is required.
  3. Ensure all permit applications are complete and include all required information.
  4. Aboveground fuel tank systems that incorporate external piping to other appliances and/or equipment, regardless of size, shall be designed by a professional engineer (Alberta). Pre-engineered systems that are listed and labeled as self-contained systems are exempt from this requirement. Listed and labeled systems shall be installed in conformance with the manufacturer's instructions.
  5. Aboveground fuel tanks shall comply with Underwriter's Laboratories of Canada standards for the use intended as designed and fabricated.
  6. Fuel tank systems, such as external pipping and remote dispensers, shall be installed by an individual certified by the Petroleum Tank Management Association of Alberta (PTMAA). Name of contractor, firm, and installer certification number shall be provided with the permit application.  Exception: Completely self-contained, listed and labeled fuel tank systems.
  7. The issued permit is a permit to install. The Fire Prevention Branch shall conduct a final inspection of the aboveground fuel tank installation. A minimum of 72 hours’ notice is required to process permit applications (5 business days for installations outside of the urban service area).
  8. Aboveground fuel tanks must be registered with PTMAA when the fuel storage capacity is 2500L or greater and in use for more than 365 days.
  9. A development permit from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo may also be required. Contact the Planning and Development Department at 780-799-8695 or visit www.rmwb.ca  


Contact Us

For further information, contact the Fire Prevention Branch at 780-792-5519.