Fuel Storage Tanks


As outlined in the Virginia Construction Code, plans, permits and inspections relating to fuel tanks shall be required in accordance with the table below by either the Office of the Fire Marshal or Land Development Services depending on the size, location and type of tank.

This policy is designed to eliminate the duplication of services provided in relation to inspection, plan review and permitting for fuel storage tank installation, abandonment or removal.

Fuel Tank Type Installation Site Activity Fire Prevention Code
(Fire Prevention Division)
Virginia Construction Code
(Land Development Services)
Permit Plans Insp. Permit Plans Insp.
Liquefied Petroleum Gas
(LPG-Propane)
Commercial1
Installation
Yes Yes Yes No No No
Commercial2
Removal
No No No No No No
Residential3
Installation
No No No Yes No Yes
Residential2
Removal
No No No No No No
Diesel Fuel or Gasoline Commercial 1,4
Installation
Yes Yes Yes No No No
Commercial 4,5,6
Abandonment or removal
Yes No Yes No No No
Residential 4
Installation
Yes Yes Yes No No No
Residential 4
Abandonment or removal
Yes No Yes No No No
Fuel Oil Commercial1,7
Installation
Yes Yes Yes No No No
Commercial6
Abandonment or removal
Yes No Yes No No No
Residential
Installation
No No No Yes No Yes
Residential8
Abandonment or removal
Yes No Yes No No No
  1. Plans, permits (plumbing/mechanical/electrical), and inspections shall be required from Land Development Services for service piping, branch line piping, and equipment served. Contact 703-324-1555, TTY 703-324-1877 (Permits and Application), 703-222-0114, TTY 711 (Building Plan Review), or 703-324-1910, TTY 711 (Commercial Inspections).
  2. The Fire Prevention Division shall be notified at 703-246-4849, TTY 711, at least 48 hours in advance of removal. Permit fees and plan reviews may apply.
  3. Tank(s) capacity of 500 gallons or greater, and all under ground tanks of any capacity, to be located on property with well and/or septic will require the permit applicant to contact the Health Department at 703-246-2201, TTY 711. Permit fees and plan reviews may apply.
  4. State Water Control Board Department of Environmental Quality regulations shall apply for aboveground storage tanks greater than 660 gallons and underground storage tanks greater than 110 gallons.
  5. Owner is required to submit the results of a soil sampling to the State Water Control Board for evaluation after the removal/closure of the tank.
  6. Abandonment in place shall be in accordance with Article 20, Part 3 of the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance.
  7. Aboveground tanks greater than 660 gallons shall be registered in accordance with the State Water Control Board regulations. Aggregate aboveground storage in excess of 5,000 gallons shall comply with Pollution Prevention requirements of the State Water Control Board regulations.
  8. No permit is required for abandonment or removal if the fuel oil tank is aboveground and is 60 gallons or less.

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