Hazardous substances—storage of petrol
Hazardous substances—storage of petrol

The following Environment guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Hazardous substances—storage of petrol
  • Brexit impact
  • Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations
  • General prohibition on the keeping of petrol
  • Petrol filling stations
  • Petroleum storage certificate
  • Non work place—licence for storage
  • Petroleum Enforcement Authorities
  • Other health and safety legislation and guidance
  • Enforcement
  • more

This Practice Note looks at the requirements under the Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 (2014 Regulations), SI 2014/1637 for operators of petrol filling stations to have a petroleum storage certificate from the Petroleum Enforcement Authority and for non-workplace premises storing petrol to have a licence for storage. It also considers the applicability of other health and safety legislation and the environmental permitting regime to the unloading of petrol into storage at petrol stations.

Brexit impact

As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this content. For further guidance, see: Brexit—impact on environmental law and Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations

The 2014 Regulations, SI 2014/1637, which came into force on 1 October 2014, apply to:

  1. workplaces that store petrol where petrol is dispensed directly into vehicles, ie petrol filling stations

  2. non-workplace premises storing petrol, ie at private homes, or at clubs/associations

General prohibition on the keeping of petrol

No person can keep petrol except in accordance with the 2014 Regulations, SI 2014/1637, reg 5 or 13.

Regulation 5 provides that operators of petrol filling stations must have a valid