As a petroleum filling station owner or “keeper”, you have certain responsibilities under the Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014. You can find more information on the Health and Safety Executive website.

If you are storing or proposing to store petroleum for commercial or retail purposes, you are required to have a current Petroleum Storage Certificate (PSC).

We are the Petroleum Enforcement Authority (PEA) for Tyne and Wear. We will issue a PSC only if it is safe to store and dispose of petroleum for the public and the environment.

If you intend to store petroleum, you will be need to complete a Dangerous Substances and Explosives Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) risk assessment.

Domestic and non-workplace storage

The regulations have provision for licensing domestic and non-workplace petrol storage where it is kept for private use only.  The Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 has more information on domestic storage.

Petroleum certification fees

The fees and charges payable for the granting of storage certificates under the Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 are available within Part 5 of The Health and Safety and Nuclear (Fees) Regulations 2016.

Band Litreage Annual fee
A Up to 2,500 ltr £44
B  2,500 – 50,000 ltr £60
C Above 50,000 ltr £125

Environmental Enquiry Service

We operate an Environmental Enquiry Service which allows customers to access 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 we currently hold 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.

As environmental enquiries are exempt from the Freedom of Information Act 2000, a charge of £158.00 plus VAT applies for each search.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service became the Petroleum Licensing Authority in 1976, so we won’t be able to provide any information prior to then.

Make an environmental enquiry

Provide as much information as possible.

You can also contact us by telephone to request a search:

Newcastle and North Tyneside

Telephone: 0191 444 1002 or 0191 444 1004

Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland

Telephone: 0191 444 1264 or 0191 444 1249