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NOTIFICATION - If you store between 30 & 275 litres of Petrol you are required to Notify your Petroleum Enforcing Authority in writing with the name of the occupier, address of the premises and confirmation that the petrol is stored in accordance with regulations.
Petrol is a highly flammable liquid which gives off flammable vapour even at very low temperatures. When this vapour is mixed with air in proportions between 1% and 8% a risk of fire or explosion exists. Petrol vapour is heavier than air and does not disperse easily in still conditions. It tends to sink to the lowest possible level of its surroundings and may accumulate in tanks, cavities, drains, pits or other depressions.
Flammable atmospheres may also exist where clothing or other absorbent material or substances are contaminated with petrol. Petrol vapour can have acute or chronic effects if inhaled and therefore should be considered in the assessment required under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1999 (COSHH).
Petrol is a dangerous substance. The storage and use of petrol in workplaces is covered by the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR). which also requires employers to control the risks to safety from fire and explosions.
Dispensing petrol into a vehicle is covered by other legislation and in addition requires certification from Worcestershire Regulatory Services.
A licence/certificate will let you keep an approved quantity of petroleum. “Petroleum” includes any product of crude petroleum which has a flashpoint below 21°C including petrol, benzene, pentane and any mixture which contains these products.
If you store more than 275 litres of petroleum spirit and you are either of the following, you will need a licence /certificate:
Non-workplace, or domestic, storage of petrol may also need a licence. (Please see Domestic / Non-workplace)
Please note the old licencing regime has now changed and most sites will become 'Certificated' but in certain circumstances a 'Licence' may be granted for up to 3 years at Non-Workplace premises. If you store between 30 and 275 litres there is a requirement to notify the Local Authority in writing. For more information on this please see Domestic and Non-Workplace Storage (below) or contact us.
Worcestershire Trading Standards Service is the Petroleum Enforcing Authority (PEA) for Worcestershire and is responsible for ensuring that those who keep and dispense petrol do not cause unnecessary risk to the public or environment.
The Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 came into force on the 1st October 2014 and replaces the old petrol licencing regime with a new Petroleum Storage Certificate (PSC). Once a petroleum licence expires it will be deemed to be a PSC under the new regulations.
Application forms will be sent out prior to the expiry of a current licence. New certificates will be issued as existing licences expire over the next three years. Certificates do not have an expiry date and remain in force until either a 'prescribed material change' takes place or the site ceases to operate for more than 12 months. Further information on prescibed material changes can be found in our Guidance document - Petroleum (consolidation) Regulations 2014.
The ‘Keeper’ of the fuel must pay an annual fee which is calculated according to the maximum litreage of petrol that can be stored at the site. The Keeper can choose to pay for up to ten years in advance.
Payments: Cheques made payable to WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
BACS: Barclays Bank A/C 53583147 S/C 20-98-87 (please provide date and reference)
Online payments : - www.worcestershirets.gov.uk/pay.aspx (please email a copy of your receipt)
Please note: Paying for more than one year now will reduce the administrative burden on your business and enable you to purchase at the current year's fee rate. However the Regulations are subject to review and the inclusion of fees could be changed.
Return application and fee to the address below:
Worcestershire Trading Standards Services
Wyre Forest House, Finepoint Way, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY11 7WF
General Enquiries: 01905 822799 TSEnquiries@worcestershireTS.gov.uk www.worcestershireTS.gov.uk
Fees are set by the Health and Safety Fees Regulations and are subject to review.
The Regulations have provision for licensing domestic and non-workplace petrol storage where it is kept for private use only.
It is important to consider the safety requirements of storing fuel:
If you are unsure of whether or not you need a licence please contact us for advice.
The Regulations only allow for the filling of ‘suitable containers’. The definition of what constitutes a suitable container is contained in Schedule 3 of the new Regulations and now includes:
There are currently no legal restrictions regarding the number of containers that can be filled so this is not included in the new Regulations. It does however form part of the site risk assessment and current guidance can be found in Section 8 of the PELG Guidance Petrol filling stations guidance on managing the risks of fire and explosion (The Red Guide) which is published on the Energy Institue website.
Further information on containers can also be found in the HSE document ‘Introduction of New Petroleum Regulations’
For more information and Frequently Asked Questions on the new Regulations please refer to our GUIDANCE document or follow the link to the HSE website
• Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014
• WRS Guidance Document on the Petroleum (Consoldation) Regulations 2014
• The Red Guide (Petrol filling stations guidance on managing the risks of fire and explosion)
• Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974
• HSE – Introduction of New Regulations
In addition to the general duties established under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (s.2, 3, 4, 7 and 8) the following legislation may also be of relevance in premises visited by local authority health and safety inspectors:
If you need information on former petrol filling stations please complete our enquiry form. Please note that some records are not yet digital and may take additional time to retrieve and review. All enquiries will be answered within 20 working days.
It is the policy of Worcestershire Trading Standards Service to charge a standard ‘Business rate’ of £150 for all enquiries, based on 2hrs work, however the cost may be reduced for specific enquiries. . Payments can be made by cheque to Worcestershire County Council or via BACS payment (Barclays Bank A/C 53583147 S/C 20-98-87 REF: FUEL-ENQ) or online (Select Trading Standards at bottom of list, Business Advice, Site name & £150) Please forward copy of payment for prompt response.
Please contact us for more information about Petroleum.
Worcestershire Trading Standards Services (Finepoint Way, Kidderminster DY11 7WF)
General Enquiries: 01905 822799
Please Note: If you already have a petroleum licence you will automatically be sent a renewal form at the appropriate time. You should allow 10 working days for applications to be processed.