If you dispense or store petroleum in quantities greater than 15 litres you must apply for a licence with the local authority, whether it is for sale or for your own private use.
Petroleum means any product of crude petroleum which has a flashpoint below 21°C. This includes petrol, benzene, pentane and any mixture which contains these products and has a flashpoint below 21°C. This does not include white spirit, paraffin, diesel oil or fuel oils.
A licence will allow you to keep an approved quantity of petroleum. It is an offence to keep an amount in excess of this, as is failing to comply with any of the licence conditions, or, keeping licensable quantities without a licence.
Application evaluation process
Fees will be payable for applications and conditions may be attached.
The following criteria will be considered when the application is being evaluated: That the storage site is compliant to the current regulations set out by the licensing authority and those set out under:
- Petroleum (Consolidation) Act 1928
- Petroleum Spirit (Motor Vehicles etc) Regulations 1929
- Petroleum (Transfer of Licences) Act 1936
- Petroleum (Liquid Methane) Order 1957
- Public Health Act 1961 (Section 73 only)
- Petroleum Spirit (Plastic Containers) Regulations 1982
- Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road Regulations 1996 (Regulation 20 only)
- Dangerous Substances & Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR)
- Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
We will consider the application before issuing, renewing, modifying or transferring a licence. We may have to conduct site visits and require the production of other documentation to ensure that storage requirements are being met.
Will tacit consent apply?
No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact them. You can do this online if you applied through business link or by using the contact details below.
Target completion period
Applications will normally be determined within 28 days of all the necessary information being received.
Please contact the Council in the first instance.
Any person refused a licence can appeal to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.
If you are a customer of a petrol station or a similar establishment, you should first contact the operator, preferably in writing. If that does not work and if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK, contact the UK European Consumer Centre.
Public registers or databases
There is no public register of petroleum storage licensed premises.