Aboveground/Underground Storage Tanks
A State Fire Marshal Certified Underground Storage Tank Installer must obtain a permit from the Columbus Fire Prevention Bureau prior to any of the following AST/UST system activities taking place: Installation, removal, modification, major repair, abandonment, change in service, change of product, or out of service.
The application shall include a general description of all proposed activities. Provide drawings and specifications no larger than 11”x 17” that clearly show compliance with distances and applicable requirements of the Columbus Fire Code, Ohio Fire Code, NFPA 30, NFPA 30A, and NFPA 70 as incorporated therein or other referenced standards.
All permitted activities must be supervised by a State Fire Marshal Certified Underground Storage Tank Installer. The permit holder is responsible for the completion of permitted activities through the final inspection. To schedule an inspection, contact this office at least one week in advance of the anticipated inspection date.
Underground storage tank system activities in the City of Columbus require a CFD Permit for AST/UST and Piping, and a State of Ohio Delegated Permit for Underground Storage Tanks, which is issued through CFD. Complete the Storage Tank Application Packet and the BUSTR Permit Application.
Aboveground storage tank system activities in the City of Columbus require a CFD Permit for AST/UST and Piping. Complete the Storage Tank Application Packet.
AST/UST combination system activities in the City of Columbus require a CFD Permit for AST/UST and Piping, and may require a State of Ohio Delegated Permit for Underground Storage Tanks, which is issued through CFD, contact this office for permitting requirements. (614)645-7641 Ext.75660 CFDTanks@columbus.gov
Permit Applications can be submitted electronically to CFDTanks@columbus.gov or mailed to Fire Prevention Bureau 3639 Parsons Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43207
Electronically- Payment can made electronically at FPB Permits Online, for assistance call (614)645-7641 Ext.75622.
Check- Payment can also be made by check, make the check payable to: City of Columbus Treasurer/Fire, send to the Attention of UST. Attach check to the completed application and mail to Fire Prevention Bureau 3639 Parsons Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43207.
- Submit completed application(s) and
permit fees electronically or by mail
CFD will review the
application/plans and confirm payment
After approval, a permit will be
issued electronically or by mail
Permitted activities may begin, must
be under the supervision of a State Fire Marshal Certified Underground Storage
Contact this office to schedule
inspection at least one week in advance
Preliminary inspection by CFD, any
inspection prior to the Final Inspection
Final inspection by CFD, all
activities are to be complete and in code compliance
- After passing the Final Inspection,
the system can be used
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need a permit to install any size storage tank?
No, a permit is only required if the AST is over 60 gallons or the UST is over 110 gallons
Is a permit needed for the replacement of dispensers?
If the replacement does not involve any piping retrofitting at or below the shear valve, a permit is not needed. If piping is being altered at or below the shear valve, a permit is required.
I am certified in another state. Can I use that certification?
No, there is no reciprocity from any other state. You must be a State of Ohio Certified Underground Storage Tank Installer.
Does my generator have to be installed by a BUSTR Installer?
Yes, all permitted activities must be supervised by a State Fire Marshal Certified Underground Storage Tank Installer.
Have questions regarding HIGH HAZARD occupancies?
Go to our High Hazards webpage for help.
- UST (Underground Storage Tank)
- AST (Aboveground Storage Tank)
- BUSTR (Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations)
- CFD (Columbus Fire Department)