London Fire Brigade

Petroleum

Petroleum Storage Certificates

London Fire Brigade is the petroleum enforcing authority (PEA) for London and is responsible for ensuring that those who keep and dispense petrol do not cause risk to the public or the environment.

The Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 are in force as of 1 October 2014 and replace the petroleum licencing system with the Petroleum Storage Certificate (PSC). Any petroleum licence which expires after 1 October 2014 will be deemed to be a PSC under the new regulations.

New certificates will be issued as licences expire over the next three years. Certificates are issued for the premises where the petrol is stored and dispensed, with no reference to person or company (previously known as licensees). Certificates do not have an expiry date and remain in force until either major changes take place or the site ceases to operate for more than 12 months.

The Keeper of the fuel must pay an annual fee which is calculated according to the maximum litreage of petrol stored at the site. The Keeper can choose to pay for up to ten years in advance.

Fees for all types of storage are shown in the table.

Band

Litreage

Annual fee

A

2,500

£42

B

2,500 to 50,000

£58

C

Over 50,000

£120

Fees are set by the Health and Safety Fees Regulations and are subject to review.

For further details and all other petrol related enquiries please contact petroleum@london-fire.gov.uk.

Domestic and non-workplace storage

Petrol is highly flammable, explosive and toxic and there are laws that you need to follow if you are storing it.

Apart from what is in your vehicle fuel tank, you can only transport petrol in securely closed containers designed for the purpose and marked 'Petroleum' and 'Highly Flammable'. Make sure they are secured in the back of your vehicle when being transported.

Filling your tank from a container should only be carried out in the open air.

Store any containers in a garage or shed away from any other buildings. Do not keep it in the house. Make sure the area is well ventilated and away from naked flames or live electrical equipment.

Check containers regularly for leaks. If you smell petrol fumes, ventilate the area and make sure nobody smokes or turns electrical switches on or off. The slightest spark could cause an explosion.

The regulations have provision for licensing domestic and non-workplace petrol storage where it is kept for private use only.

A person may keep up to 30 litres of petrol in suitable portable containers or in a single demountable fuel tank in a suitable storage place (see Schedule 2 of the PSC for further details).

A person keeping over 30 litres and less than 275 litres must notify the authority in writing with the name of the occupier, address of the premises and confirmation that the petrol is stored in accordance with regulations.

A person keeping in excess of 275 litres will require a licence. Licences may be issued for up to three years and subsequently renewed. They are issued to the licensee personally and are not transferable.

For further details and all other petrol related enquiries please contact petroleum@london-fire.gov.uk.

Primary authority partnerships

The petroleum group is the primary authority in 10 partnerships with businesses who operate petrol dispensing premises. The primary authority scheme was introduced in 2009 under the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act (RESA) and the scheme is supported by the Better Regulation Deliver Office (BRDO) who also host the Primary Authority Register, a secure database of all the partnerships accessible to the relevant enforcing authorities.

The partnerships currently in force for petroleum regulations are shown in the table.

Business

Year partnership began

Sainsbury Supermarkets Ltd

2010

Snax 24 Ltd/Rontec (Watford Ltd)

2010

Park Garage Group Plc

2010

Motor Fuels Group Plc

2010

Asda Stores Ltd

2011

Shell UK Ltd

2011

Murco Petroleum Ltd

2012

Avis Rent a Car Ltd

2012

Enterprise Rent A Car

2013

Wm. Morrison Supermarkets Plc

2014

Fees

RESA allows the enforcing authority acting as primary authority to recover its cost, but not to make a profit. The petroleum group's fee are calculated per site, per annum with a minimum and maximum fee based on 50 sites and 500 sites respectively. The annual fee per site is £55 for the year 2014-15. This fee is usually invoiced quarterly in arrears and covers the day to day operation of the partnerships and up to four meetings a year. Any additional expenditure incurred for additional work, eg attendance at a specific site or additional meetings outside London, would be invoiced separately.

For further details on petrol primary authority partnerships please contact Petroleum.Paps@london-fire.gov.uk.