Ignitable Liquid Storage Tanks
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The Columbus Fire
Department is delegated by the State Fire Marshal to issue UST permits and
perform inspections in the City of Columbus.
If you perform permit-required activities in the City of Columbus, then
you must submit the permit application and payment to the Columbus Fire
Prevention Bureau. The State of Ohio BUSTR permit fee is not required.
A permit must be obtained
from the Columbus Fire Prevention Bureau prior to any of the following
ignitable liquid aboveground storage tank (AST) or underground storage tank
(UST) activities taking place: installation, removal, modification, alteration,
major repair, abandonment, change in service, change of product or out of
Aboveground Storage Tanks and Non-BUSTR (NBUSTR) Underground Storage Tanks
For AST, BUSTR and
NBUSTR UST activities, of tanks over sixty (60) gallons, complete and submit
the Ignitable Liquid Tank Permit
Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR) Tanks
The Columbus Fire
Department is delegated by the State Fire Marshal to issue permits and perform inspections
on BUSTR regulated tanks in the City of Columbus. If you perform permit-required activities in
the City of Columbus, then you must submit the BUSTR permit application and
payment to the Columbus Fire Prevention Bureau. The State of Ohio BUSTR permit
fee is not required.
A BUSTR delegated permit must be obtained
from the Columbus Fire Prevention Bureau prior to the installation, removal, modification, major
repair, abandonment, change in service, change of product or out of service of any
BUSTR regulated tank and/or tank system. All permit-required activities must be
supervised by a BUSTR certified installer physically on site with a current BUSTR license and photo Identification.
- Any UST system whose capacity is 110 gallons or less.
- Tanks used for storing heating fuel for consumptive use on the premises where stored.
For BUSTR activities,
complete and submit both the Ignitable Liquid Tank Permit Application and the
BUSTR Permit Application below.
The application shall include a general description of all proposed
activities. Provide drawings, drawn to scale or dimension and specifications no
larger than 11”x 17” that clearly show compliance with distances and applicable
requirements of the Ohio Fire Code, Columbus Fire Code, National Fire
Protection Agency, American Petroleum Institute, Petroleum Equipment Institute
or other referenced standards as incorporated therein.
Installation and Alteration
The location of all property lines and public
ways, including the opposite side of public ways
Show buildings/structures on the site and
indicate the nature of their use
- Show location, use, capacity and piping
arrangement of all underground and aboveground tanks
- Indicate tank capacity in gallons and indicate
product that will be stored in each tank
cut sheets and drawings on tanks and all equipment:
approval for its intended use (i.e. listing and labeling)
- Tank, dimensions, capacity and spacing between
- Emergency tank vent(s) type, size and
atmospheric tank vent size, height, location and vent cap type
- Tank and dispenser vehicle impact protection
details, islands and bollards
- Pump, dispenser and other associated electrical
equipment type and location
- Signage and placard (NFPA 704) type and
- Tank security details
- Separation distances
- Tank fill type, location, and height from
- Method of spill and tank overfill protection
- Fire extinguisher size, type and locations
In addition proposed dispensing installation plans shall
provide the following information:
- Include a statement indicating the intent of
the fueling operation and the type of vehicles intended to be fueled.
The location of all fuel dispensers, emergency stop buttons and emergency telephone (if
Tank Removal and
- Include a letter explaining reason for
abandonment, include documentation (photos, satellite images etc.)
Show the location of the tank, any buildings
and all property lines.
Indicate tank capacity in gallons and product
that was stored
can be submitted electronically to [email protected]
Or mailed to:
Fire Prevention Bureau
Attention of AST/UST
3639 Parsons Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43207
- The permit will be
issued by email after the completed applications are reviewed, approved and
payment is received.
- Any permit issued
shall become invalid if the activity is not commenced within six (6) months
after issuance or the activity is suspended for a period of six (6) months.
- The permit holder is
responsible for the completion of the permit-required activities through the
For BUSTR activities and inspections, the BUSTR
installer shall be physically on site with a current BUSTR license and photo
inspection outside of regular inspection hours, Monday-Friday 8:00am-2:00pm,
requires prior approval and the current afterhours inspection rate may apply.
An afterhours inspection can be requested at the time of scheduling if the
activity is likely to continue after 2:00pm.
To schedule an inspection, complete and submit the Ignitable Liquid Tank Inspection Request below at least one week in advance of the requested inspection date. [email protected] or 614-645-7641
- UST (Underground Storage Tank)
- AST (Aboveground Storage Tank)
- BUSTR (Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations)
- CFD (Columbus Fire Department)
- NBUSTR (Non-Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulation)
For inquiries related to Ignitable Liquid Storage Tanks
Phone: 614-645-7641 ext.75660
Email: [email protected]