Petroleum Safety

Petrol is a dangerous substance; it is a highly flammable liquid and can give of vapour which can easily be set on fire and when not handled safely has the potential to cause a serious fire and/or explosion.

This means there is always a risk of a fire and/or an explosion if there is a source of ignition nearby.  For example a naked flame, an electrical spark or similar. Because of these risks, storing petrol safely is covered by legislation; and this applies to you if you store petrol.

What is the law on storing petrol safely?

The Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 (PCR) which came into force on 1 October 2014 applies to:

  • workplaces that store petrol where petrol is dispensed, i.e. retail and non-retail petrol filling stations; and
  • non-workplace premises storing petrol, for example at private homes, or at clubs/associations (or similar).

Petroleum Enforcement Authorities (PEAs) formerly Petroleum Licensing Authorities (PLAs) are responsible for enforcing the Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014. They also continue to enforce the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) at workplaces covered by PCR. This means that there is no change to the current enforcing arrangements.

The safe storage and use of petrol in workplaces is also covered by the DSEAR.

Further advice on storing petrol safely

Apply for a Petroleum Storage Certificate 

A list of current fees

Contact Information

Commercial Team
Telephone Number: 01495 357813
Address:  Public Protection – Environmental Health, Commercial Team, Municipal Offices, Civic Centre, Ebbw Vale, NP23 6XB
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