Installing Underground Fuel Tanks
- Prior to the installation of an underground fuel tank, a permit must be issued from the Fire Prevention Branch.
- When installing underground fuel tanks on property where no underground fuel tanks have been previously installed, a development permit is required from the Regional Municipality of Wood Planning and Development Department.
- To obtain a permit from the Fire Prevention Branch, applications must contain the following criteria:
- One set of plan drawings
- System and associated equipment specifications bearing the stamp and seal of a professional engineer licensed to practice in the province of Alberta
- Underground fuel tank permits cost $200 for the first tank, and $100 for additional tanks.
- Fees can be paid at the Fire Prevention Branch, on submission of the application.
- Individuals installing the tanks must be approved and recognized by the Petroleum Tank Management Association of Alberta (PTMAA).
- If the underground fuel tank is being installed at a public fuel dispensing station, sufficient details must be provided in the permit application to ensure compliance with Section 4.6 of the Alberta Fire Code.
- 24 hour notice must be given to the Fire Prevention Branch prior to the installation of an underground fuel tank, pressure testing, or piping pressure testing so that a Safety Codes Officer is onsite to monitor these processes.
- Installation of underground fuel tanks, piping and equipment used at storage and dispensing facilities must comply with part 4 of the 2014 Alberta Fire Code.
- Underground fuel tanks must comply with Underwriter’s Laboratories of Canada (ULC) standards for the use intended.
- One of the following reports must be submitted to the Fire Prevention Branch following the completion of installation (30 days maximum.)
- Installer's verification report for the system, including pressure test reports
- Professional Engineer's verification report for the system
- 3rd party verification report for the system
- A Safety Codes Officer will assign a site classification at the time of plans review. Sufficient information must be provided to the Fire Prevention Branch to determine the site sensitivity classification.
- 72 hour notice must be given to the Fire Prevention Branch to allow for a final inspection of the completed installation, site grading and drainage.
- This final inspection must occur prior to operation of underground fuel tanks.
- Tanks must be registered with the PTMAA prior to operation.