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Last Updated: 2010-01-11

Underground Storage Tank Removal or Abandonment

Permit Holder Guideline #18A

PERMIT TITLE: Underground Storage Tank Removal or Abandonment

CODE SECTION: Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 5704.2.13.1.4 & 5704.2.14.1

FEE: $40.00 fee for pre-permit inspection if seeking permission to leave the tank or piping in place.
$135.00 for each tank (Check payable to the City of Richmond)
$45.00 for any additional visits to re-inspect tank site after first scheduled visit.

SCOPE: Permit required to remove or abandon (including filling in place) an Underground Storage Tank (UST) used for combustible or flammable liquids.(See Permit Holder Guideline #18B for above ground tanks.)

EXCEPTION: For residential heating oil tanks less than 1,100 gallons see addendum.

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

REQUIREMENTS: Any tank not used for more than one year, or with indication of leakage, shall be removed. Tanks may be left in place with the prior approval of the Fire Marshal. Permits are written and issued on site, as Fire Prevention personnel witness completion of tank removal. If a permit is issued to anyone other than the land owner, the person receiving the permit shall ensure that the land owner receives at least one copy of said permit. Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on the permit, as well as the following:

  1. If applicant is seeking permission to abandon a tank in place, a pre-permit inspection shall be scheduled through the Fire Prevention office.
  2. Permit inspections shall be scheduled through the Fire Prevention office for tank removals, filling-in-place, or tank abandonment.
  3. 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.
  4. Tanks which are not removed must be filled with an approved foam or flowable-fill cement. (see addendum). All above ground tank piping shall be removed, with remaining piping permanently capped or plugged below grade to prevent refilling. Record tank size, location and date of abandonment.

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

  1. Owners may request to abandon residential heating oil tanks of 1,100 gallons or less by filling with an approved inert solid. Requests are subject to the approval of the Fire Marshal or his designee.
  2. Fees: $135.00 for each tank
  3. Other requirements above still apply (contents, sealing pipes below grade, etc.).

The Richmond Fire Marshal’s Office suggests that landowners contact the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (629 E. Main St., Richmond, VA 23240; phone 804-648-4000 or 800-592-5482, https://www.deq.virginia.gov/) regarding regulations for commercial tanks, leaking tanks, and ground contamination concerns.

Permit will be revoked if violations occur. Permit does not allow holder to violate any code or safety regulation. Permit must be available on the site during permitted activity. Contact the Richmond Fire Marshal’s Office for more information.

Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 804-646-6640.

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