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Installing Underground Fuel Tanks

Permit Application

  • 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:
    1. One set of plan drawings
    2. System and associated equipment specifications bearing the stamp and seal of a professional engineer licensed to practice in the province of Alberta
    3. Completed Permit Application document


  • 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

Plans review

  • 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.