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Last Updated: 2010-01-11

Compressed Gases

Permit Holder Guideline #9

PERMIT TITLE: Compressed Gases

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 5301.2

FEE: $150.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE: Need permit for storage, use and handling of compressed gases, such as any toxic, or over: 200 cu. ft. corrosive or flammable, 504 cu. ft. oxidizing (including oxygen), 6000 cu. ft. inert or asphyxiant, or 12000 cu. ft. air (inclusive of nitrogen or other inert gas with between 16 to 30% oxygen; with less than 16% deemed asphyxiant and over 30% as oxidizer). Partially full containers, cylinders or tanks containing residual gases shall be considered as full for the purposes of the controls required.

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

REQUIREMENTS: 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. Cylinders should be stored in an upright position with the exception of those used in a horizontal position.
  2. Stationary and portable compressed gas containers, cylinders; & tanks shall be marked with the name of the gas and in accordance with NFPA 704. Markings shall be visible from any direction of approach.
  3. Compressed gas containers, cylinders; & tanks shall be secured against accidental dislodgement and against access by unauthorized personnel.
  4. Areas used for the storage, use and handling of compressed gas containers, cylinders, tanks and systems shall be secured against unauthorized entry and safeguarded in an approved manner.
  5. Compressed gas containers, cylinders, tanks and systems which could be exposed to physical damage shall be protected. Guard posts or other approved means shall be provided to protect compressed gas containers, cylinders, tanks and systems indoors and outdoors from vehicular damage.
  6. Compressed gas container, cylinder and tank valves not being used or serviced shall be protected from physical damage by means of protective caps, collars or similar devices.
  7. Compressed gas containers, cylinders and tanks designed for valve protection caps or other protective devices shall have the caps or devices attached. When outlet caps or plugs are installed, they shall be in place.

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