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.
Columbus Fire Code requires a BUSTR certified installer for permit-required activities
of an AST or UST.
Storage Tanks (AST)
A permit must be obtained
from the Columbus Fire Prevention Bureau prior to the Installation, alteration,
removal, abandonment, or out of service of any ignitable
liquid AST over sixty (60) gallons. All permit-required activities must be supervised by a (BUSTR) certified installer.
Underground Storage Tanks (UST)
A 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
ignitable liquid UST over one hundred and ten(110) gallons and/or tank system. All
permit-required activities must be supervised by a (BUSTR) certified installer.
The permit 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 Ohio Fire Code, Columbus Fire Code, National Fire
Protection Agency, American Petroleum Institute, Petroleum Equipment Institute
or other referenced standards as incorporated therein.
Aboveground Tank Removal and Abandonment
a letter explaining reason for abandonment, include documentation (photos,
satellite images etc.).
the location of the tank, any buildings and all property lines.
tank capacity in gallons, product that was stored and date last used.
Installation and Alteration
to scale or dimension
location of all property lines and public ways, including the opposite side of
buildings/structures on the site and indicate the nature of their use.
location, use, capacity and piping arrangement of all existing underground and
tank capacity in gallons and indicate product that will be stored in each tank.
Manufacturers cut sheets and drawings on tanks and all
- Indicating approval for its
intended use (listing and labeling)
dimensions, capacity and spacing between adjacent tanks
tank vent(s) type, size and atmospheric tank vent size, height, location and
vent cap type
and dispenser vehicle impact protection details, islands and bollards
dispenser and other associated electrical equipment type and location
and placard (NFPA 704) type and location
security details (fencing etc.)
distances from property lines, buildings, fencing, bollards etc.
fill type, location, and height from finished grade
of spill and tank overfill protection
In addition proposed dispensing installation plans shall
provide the following information:
a statement indicating the intent of the fueling operation and the type of
vehicles intended to be fueled.
extinguisher size, type and locations
location of all fuel dispensers,
emergency stop buttons and emergency telephone (if applicable).
can be submitted electronically to [email protected]
Or mailed to:
Fire Prevention Bureau
Attention of AST/UST
3639 Parsons Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43207
- All permit-required
activities for ignitable liquid storage tanks, must be supervised by a Bureau
of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR) installer.
- The permit holder is
responsible for the completion of the permit-required activities through the
- 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.
Prior to scheduling, the BUSTR installer name
and BUSTR number must be provided.
For permit-required activities and inspections,
the BUSTR installer shall be on site with a current BUSTR license and photo
Any inspection outside of regular inspection hours,
Monday-Friday 8:00am-2:00pm, requires prior approval and the current after
hours 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, contact this office
at least one week in advance of the anticipated inspection date. [email protected] or 614-645-7641
- 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.
activities may begin and must be supervised by a Bureau of Underground
Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR)
- Contact this office at
least one week in advance to schedule inspection date and provide BUSTR
- 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.
- Do not put fuel in
tanks until after passing the final inspection.
- 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 there a limit on the size/capacity of aboveground tanks?
For dispensing ASTs, the aggregate total gallons of fuel stored at one facility to 12,000 gallons regardless of the number of containers. For bulk tanks, the number of tanks is not limited, but what usually limits the number of tanks on a property are the tank-to-tank and tank-to-property line separation distance requirements, which increase as the volume of the storage tank increases.
Do I need a permit if I am replacing an existing AST with another AST or relocating an existing AST on the same property?
Yes. Whenever a different tank is being introduced to a site, regardless of whether an AST already existed at the site, a permit is required. When a tank is being relocated on the same property, a permit is necessary to ensure that the relocation remains in compliance with all applicable codes.
Is a permit needed from CFD 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 with a fuel tank have to be installed by a BUSTR Installer?
Yes, all permit-required activities must be supervised by a BUSTR 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)
For inquiries related to Ignitable Liquid Storage Tanks
Phone: 614-645-7641 ext.75660
Email: [email protected]