Petroleum Certification - Storing Petrol

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We are the Petroleum Enforcing Authority (PEA) for the storage of petroleum in Tyne and Wear.   

To protect the public and the environment, petroleum sites are certificated under the Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 to ensure that it is kept and dispensed safely. Safety of the petroleum sites should be managed in accordance with the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR). 

From 1 October 2014 the petrol licensing regime is replaced with a petrol certification scheme. If you are the owner of dispensing premises where petrol is kept you need to hold a Petroleum Storage Certificate (known as a ‘storage certificate’) to comply with the regulations. 

If you already hold a licence and continue to comply with the current safety regulations then you do not need to take any immediate action. Prior to your licence reaching its expiry date the PEA will contact you with the relevant paperwork to apply for a petroleum storage certificate. It is important that the application is completed in full and returned to the PEA so that they might issue a valid petroleum certificate prior to the expiry of your licence. 

The following information on your dispensing premises is required:

  • the name of the PEA granting the certificate;
  • the address of your premises;
  • a drawing of the layout of the dispensing premises;
  • a drawing of the containment system for petrol including storage tanks and pipe work; and
  • a drawing of the petrol drainage system.

What is petroleum?

“Petrol” means petroleum or a mixture of petroleum with one or more substances which:-

(a) is liquid or viscous at a temperature of 15°C and a pressure of 101.325 kPa (1013.25 mb);and

(b) when tested in accordance with Part A.9 of the Annex to Council Regulation (EC) No 440/2008(e) (laying down the test methods pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals REACH), has a flash point (as defined in that Part) of less than 21°C. 


Petroleum Fees
Note: These  fees  are  set  by  the  Health  and  Safety  (Fees)  Regulations  2012.  These regulations are reviewed. Site operators should be aware that fees may be subject to change


If you need advice or have any questions about a petroleum certificate, please contact your nearest Fire Safety Office:

North Fire Safety Office: (Newcastle and North Tyneside area) 0191 4441002 / 1004
South Fire Safety Office: (Sunderland, Gateshead and  South Tyneside area) 0191 4441249 / 1264
Service Headquarters:  0191 4441664

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 Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 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 your local petroleum officer. 

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Environmental Enquiry Service

Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Authority operate an Environmental Enquiry Service which allows customers to access valuable information about the potential presence of underground petroleum storage tanks data relevant to a particular address in Tyne and Wear.

The data is supplied under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The information supplied in the report represents the information presently held by the Authority in response to your specific enquiry.

The Authority does not warrant the accuracy or sufficiency of the information for your purposes in relation to the site you have identified.

The absence of any records does not mean that underground storage tanks are not present at or within the vicinity of a site.

Our records do not relate to the storage of other fuels (i.e. diesel and fuel oils) and other chemicals.

The cost associated with a search is £158.00 plus VAT. 

Information for Applicants

To allow us to progress your enquiry, please provide the following information: -

  • Confirmation in writing that you accept being invoiced for the cost of the search
  • Confirmation in writing from the registered landowner that he/she has given permission for the search to take place (it is the responsibility of the applicant to prove that this is the registered landowner)
  • A precise location of the area that requires searching either by address or by a set of plans (preferably both).  
  • Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority became the Petroleum Licensing Authority in 1976, therefore any requests for information prior to this date will not be able to be answered by the Authority

If no information is available regarding the site, the applicant will be informed and the search charge will be waived.   

To order a search please email petroleum@twfire.gov.uk