Where to position your oil tank?

Oil Tank Regulations and Siting Oil Tanks

Oil storage tanks are not dangerous within themselves but they still need to be sited in the correct place and you need to make allowances in case an oil leak was to occur.

OFTEC govern the way oil tanks should be installed and have issued a number of guidelines. Both Oil Storage Regulations and Building Regulations apply to domestic storage. If you are considering storing more than 2500 litres any new installation must be bunded.

Tanks fitted at a domestic property should not be fitted any closer than

1 .8m away from non-fire rated eaves of a building
1 .8m away from a non-fire building or structure (eg garden sheds)
1 .8m away from appliance flue terminals
760 mm away from a non-fire rated boundary such as a wooden boundary fence
1.8m away from openings (such as doors or windows) in a fire rated building or structure (eg. brick buiIt house/garage).
If it's impossible to comply with these requirements, then a fire rated barrier of at least 30 minutes should be provided, extending 300mm higher and wider than both ends of the tank.

Alongside these restrictions are also a series of other regulations relating to the position of the tank in relation to any open or controlled water source.

The Environment Agency can impose uncapped fines on anyone who causes any spill.

You may be prosecuted and fined if oil from your site enters the ground or watercourses and you may have to pay substantial clean-up costs. The Oil Storage Regulations are designed to prevent oil spills. If in any doubt of the regulations that affect you, consult your local authority.

PLEASE NOTE – This site contains simplified guidance based on complex and changing legislation, and does not constitute legal advice. Whilst we endeavour to keep it up to date, we cannot be held liable for errors and omissions, as compliance with the law remains the user’s responsibility. If you have concerns over compliance, you must seek professional advice or contact your regulator or local authority. Check the OFTEC website for the most current information.

 

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Environmental Hazard - Do I need a Bunded Tank

If your answer is 'yes' to any of the questions below, then you WILL need a bunded tank

  1. Do you want a tank in excess of 2500 litres?
  2. Will the tank be within 10 metres of controlled water?
  3. Will the tank be located where spillage could run itno an open drain or to a loose fitting manhole cover?
  4. Will the tank be within 50 metres of a borehole or spring?
  5. Will the tank be over hard ground or hard surfaced ground that could enable spillage run-off to reach controlled water?
  6. Will the tank be in a position where the vent pipe outlet is not visible from the fill point?
  7. Will the tank be supplying heating oil to a building other than a single family dwelling?
  8. Will the tank be located within an England and Wales Source Protection Zone 1?
  9. Will there be any other potential hazard individual to the site?