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Above Ground Storage Tank Removal or Abandonment

Permit Holder Guideline #18B

PERMIT TITLE: Above Ground Storage Tank Removal or Abandonment

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 3404. & 3404.2.14.1

FEE: $135.00 for the first tank (Check payable to the City of Richmond), $70.00 for each additional tank at the location, $45.00 for any additional visits to re-inspect tank site after first scheduled visit. Exception: $35 for each residential heating oil tank of 1,100 gallons or less size.

SCOPE: Need permit to remove Above Ground Storage Tanks used for combustible or flammable liquids.(See Permit Holder Guideline #18A for underground tanks.)

PERMIT EXPIRATION: ONE (1) month from date issued.

REQUIREMENTS: Any tank leaking or not used for more than one year must be removed. Permits are written and issued on site, as we witness completion of process tank removal. Permits issued to anyone other than land owner shall relay at least a copy of permit to the owner. Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. Permit inspections shall be scheduled through the Fire Prevention office for tank removals.
  2. All flammable liquid storage tanks shall be degassed prior to removal or cutting of tank. All removed tanks are to be disposed of properly. Tanks contents to be properly disposed or re-used. Destination for tank and liquid contents to be noted when applying for permit.
  3. All tank piping shall be removed, or emptied of contents and permanently capped or plugged where removal is impractical and remaining materials pose no hazards.
  4. See Permit Holder Guideline #25 if plans are to use torch, arc, or similar 'hot work'.

ADDENDUM - Abandonment of residential heating oil tanks 1,100 gallons or less:

Where impractical to remove from inside a structure, owners electing to abandon residential heating oil tanks of 1,100 gallons or less shall comply with the following:

  1. Tank’s interior must be cleaned of residue and purged of fuel vapors.
  2. Fill cap and fuel lines shall be sealed to prevent input or leaks.
  3. Exterior vent to remain functional.
  4. Permanently label tank as abandoned empty as of date.

Suggest contact state's Department of Environmental Quality (629 E. Main St., Richmond, VA 23240, phone 804-698-4000 or 800-592-5482, web site: http://www.deq.state.va.us) about their regulations for commercial tanks, leaking tanks, and ground contamination concerns.

Contact Information:

Fire Department
City of Richmond
201 E. Franklin St.
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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