Broward County Storage Tank Construction/Closure Modification Requirements
|Installation of an underground or above ground storage tank|
Aboveground storage tank systems with capacities greater than 550gals and underground storage tank systems with capacities greater than 110gals are subject to Broward County Chapter 27, Article X, Storage Tanks regulation.
A Broward County Storage Tank Facility License (License) is required prior to building, erecting, operating, modifying, closing or replacing in whole or in part any storage tank system that is intended to store hazardous material in Broward County. The License approval process consists of the review of a Broward County Storage Tank Facility License application along with engineering drawings signed and sealed by a Professional Engineer (P.E.) registered in the state of Florida. Steps taken to approve the application package are summarized in the following checklist.
Special Note: Effective 2/26/2013, Chapter 27, Pollution Control, of the Broward County Code of Ordinances (Code), Article X, Storage Tanks, no longer requires Stage II Vapor Recovery (Stage II) Systems be installed at Gasoline Dispensing Facilities (GDF). However, GDF owners or operators with existing Stage II systems must either continue to maintain and operate their systems in accordance with the Ordinance or file for a License Modification approval/permit to close, remove, or decommission their Stage II system in accordance with the Code. It shall be prohibited to dismantle, remove, disconnect, cease to operate, close or decommission Stage II systems without applying for, and obtaining a License Modification approval prior to performing any of the aforementioned activities. A copy of the Code changes may be obtained by clicking on the following link: http://www.municode.com/ or contacting Greg Whitaker at (954) 519-1229 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Alfred Reid at (954) 519-1432 or email@example.com.
This checklist is created to serve as a guide to the owner/operator, contractor, or engineer through the Pollution Prevention Division (PPD) storage tank modification/construction approval process.
Storage Tank Facility License Application:
PPD now processes electronic permitting (aka ePermits) and strongly encourage applicants to file their applications online. All documents including License application, engineering plans, permit fees and License approvals are processed online and can be accessed by following directions on the following website: http://www.broward.org/ePermits/Pages/Default.aspx. Following are alternative and other steps needed to complete your License application.
A License application may also be obtained at the PPD, 1 N University Drive, Plantation, Florida 33324, by calling PPD at (954) 519-1260 or by clicking the following PPD link. The License application package, consisting of the Storage Tank Facility License application and 4 sets of signed and sealed engineering plans, must be submitted to the PPD for approval prior to commencing storage tank construction, closure or modification activities.
Complete items 1 through 19 on the application. PPD will perform a preliminary administrative review of the application and determine the License fee to be paid.
The specifications in item 11 (Storage Tanks) must be consistent with the requirements of Chapter 27, Article X, Storage Tanks, Broward County Code; Chapters 62-761, 62-762, and 62-252 Florida Administrative Code; Florida Building Code; Broward County Local Amendments to the Florida Fire Prevention Code and reference standards as listed in these codes. (See list of Reference Standards below).
If a Stage II Vapor Recovery System (this is no longer required or recommended) is intended to be installed, complete item 12 (Stage II Vapor Recovery). The specifications in item 12 must be checked against and be consistent with the accompanying engineering plans and the current California Air Resource Board (CARB) Executive Orders Stage II Vapor Recovery Systems. Click here to view the current CARB Executive Orders. (See Special Note above).
If item 13 is answered “YES” indicating de-watering will take place during the construction or if the facility is listed on the Environmental Assessment & Remediation (EAR) Section’s list of contaminated sites, the engineering plans will be reviewed by the EAR Section. Click here to view contaminated sites and their locations. De-watering activities at/or within 1/4 mile radius of contaminated sites will be reviewed by the EAR Section and will require additional information prior to approval. Click here to view information regarding de-watering
Item 19 (Applicant’s certification) must be completed and signed by the owner/operator or authorized agent. The Pollutant Storage System Specialty Contractor (PSSSC) must also complete and sign this section for construction/modification involving underground storage tank systems. Click here to view the list of PSSSC.
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All construction, engineering plans, or drawings accompanying the application shall consist of the following:
- All engineering plans or drawings (blueprints) must be signed, sealed, and dated by a Professional Engineer registered in the state of Florida. Blueprint copies sized 24" X 36" are preferred.
- Blueprints must have an appropriate scale reference and/or dimensioned in feet or meters.
- A site map showing the facility location in relation to streets, highways, avenues, buildings, etc., and north directional arrow.
- The complete storage tank facility address shown on all blueprint pages.
- Show plan and elevation views of tanks, piping, pumps, fuel dispensers, secondary containment systems, monitoring well locations or other approved release detection systems proposed. Indicate the manufacturer’s name, make, model and type (manual or electronic) of release detection system to be used or installed.
- Show storage tank/piping size, depth, buoyancy and wind moment calculations, backfill material, slab details, anchorage details, secondary containment details and material. Stage II vapor recovery pipe configuration, size, and vent pipe size must be included.
- Indicate the scope of work to be performed and the description of approved materials required for construction.
- Indicate the name and license number of the PSSSC contracted to perform the work (optional). This information must be the same as shown on the License application.
- The manufacture name, model, and type of the storage tank, overfill prevention, spill containment, submersible pump with line-leak-detector, suction pumps, check valves, anti-siphon valves, shear valves, tank/pipe membrane liner, interstitial release detection, tank gauge, pump and dispenser sump/liner. Storage Tank System equipment or components must have the approval of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) before installation or use. Click here to view the current approved equipment/components.
- The name, model, and type of Stage II Vapor Recovery components including piping, dispenser, vacuum assist pump, coaxial hoses, hose breakaway, nozzles and pressure/vacuum vent valves. Click here to view the approved Stage II components. (See Special Note above)
- Show building and/or canopy footing depth relative to ground water depth where applicable.
A PPD engineer will review the blueprints for technical sufficiency, and if approved, will affix the “APPROVED RE: CHAPTER 27 - ARTICLE X STORAGE TANKS” green color stamp on the blueprints.
NOTE. After PPD approval of the application and engineering plans, the owner or their authorized agent is required to notify the Department for the purpose of scheduling a PPD inspection, by calling Gregory Whitaker at (954) 519-1229 or Alfred Reid at (954) 519-1432 at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the start of the construction, closure or modification activity.
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Post Construction Activity:
- Within thirty (30) days after completing the storage tank installation, replacement, or upgrade modification, the following items are required to be submitted to PPD:
- Signed, sealed, and dated Engineer's "As-built" or "record" plans/drawings from the Professional Engineer. These drawings will be reviewed and compared against previously submitted engineering plans and must contain items that have been installed or modified under the approved License modification.
- Storage tank and piping tightness tests, line leak detector test, Stage I and Stage II Vapor Recovery System Certification tests (such as pressure decay, dynamic backpressure, Pressure-Vacuum vent valve and A/L ratio tests) when applicable, from the certified testing company.
- The Underground Storage Tank System Installation and Removal FDEP Form 62-761.900(5) from the PSSSC.
- Upon receipt of the above documents, PPD will review and issue a storage tank operating approval letter to the storage tank owner/operator.
POST CLOSURE ACTIVITY
- A Storage Tank System Closure Assessment Report (TCAR) or a Limited Closure Summary Report is required to be submitted to PPD within sixty (60) days after the storage tank system closure, replacement, or upgrade modification activity. Click here to view the Storage Tank System Closure Assessment Requirements.
- Upon receipt of the TCAR document, PPD will review it and issue a follow-up response letter to the storage tank owner/operator and consultant regarding further environmental remedial action as required.
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Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) Systems Construction Guidelines:
- All AST and aboveground piping material storing flammable or combustible products may be made of steel, metallic or non-metallic materials as allowed in accordance with NFPA 30 & 30A. ASTs containing non-flammable/combustible materials may be made from non-metallic materials, installed and used in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications or approved by the PPD or FDEP. Underground piping may be constructed of fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP), cathodically protected metal, or other PPD approved material and be secondarily contained.
- The maximum storage capacity limitation, setbacks, and location for flammable or combustible products must comply with the Broward County Local Amendments to the Florida Fire Prevention Code. Click here to find the Broward County Local Amendments to the Florida Fire Prevention Code may be viewed at the following website.
- ASTs must be constructed within secondary containment. The secondary containment must be 110% of the volume of the largest tank within the diked area. The secondary containment structure must be sealed to ensure that it meets the permeable leak rate requirements of 1x10-7 cm/sec or less. Secondary containment concrete structures must meet ACI International construction standards or an equivalent method as prescribe by the code. Approved double-walled tanks with 360o containment are considered secondarily contained.
- An AST cannot be used or reused as a UST, or a UST cannot be used or reused as an AST unless it is recertified for use by a professional engineer registered in the State of Florida, or by the manufacturer.
- The release detection system used must be of the manual or electronic type and located to monitor within the interstitial tank walls or the secondary containment system as referenced in the storage tank rules of Chapter 62-762 Florida Administrative Code and Chapter 27, Article X Broward County Code.
- Monitoring well release detection systems must be installed for storage tank systems that are located inside Zones 1, 2 or 3 of a public water supply Wellfield in accordance with Article XIII, Wellfield Protection of Chapter 27 Broward County Code. The location and construction requirements of these wells must be determined by the PPD Wellfield Protection Section.
- Gasoline storage tanks vent pipes must extend to 12’ (feet) above finish grade and be equipped with pressure-vacuum vent relief valves.
- Shop fabricated tanks must have spill and overfill prevention systems as required.
- Field erected ASTs containing pollutants must be designed in accordance with API Standard 620; API Standard 650; API Specification 12B or API Specification 12D or other reference standards as prescribed by the code.
- Steel tanks in contact with soil shall have cathodic protection in accordance with API RP 651 and NACE RP -01193-93 and other reference standards as prescribe by the code.
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Underground Storage Tank (UST) Systems Construction Guidelines:
- UST systems must be installed by a Pollutant Storage System Specialty Contractor (PSSSC).
- All USTs must have secondary containment and be constructed of cathodically protected steel, Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic, Fiberglass Reinforced Clad Steel, or other material approved by PPD or FDEP. Single walled tanks installed inside an approved synthetic liner are acceptable but not recommended.
- An UST cannot be used or reused as an AST, or an AST cannot be used or reused as an UST unless it is recertified for use by a professional engineer registered in the State of Florida, or by the manufacturer.
- Secondary containment membrane liner material must be approved by the PPD and FDEP and constructed to meet the permeable rate of 1x10-7 cm/sec or less. Minimum thickness of 30 mil thick liners required.
- Steel coated tanks must be constructed in accordance with UL-58, UL-1746, STI ACT 100 or other reference standards as prescribed by the code.
- The maximum storage capacity limitation, setbacks, and location for flammable or combustible products must comply with the Broward County Local Amendments to the Florida Fire Prevention Code. Click here to view the Broward County Local Amendments to the Florida Fire Prevention Code.
- Monitoring well release detection systems are required for tank systems located inside Zone 1, 2, or 3 of a public water supply well in accordance with the Wellfield Protection Ordinance Article XIII, Chapter 27 Broward County Code. The location and construction requirements of these wells must be determined by the PPD Wellfield Protection Section.
- The release detection system used must be of the manual or electronic type and located to monitor within the interstitial tank walls or the secondary containment system as referenced in the storage tank rules of Chapter 62-761 Florida Administrative Code and Chapter 27, Article X Broward County Code.
- Spill and overfill prevention systems with automatic shut off must be installed.
- Line leak detectors must be installed on pressurized piping systems and upstream of the integral piping to be protected (at the submersible pump outlet) or as per manufacturer’s instructions.
- A shear valve or emergency shutoff valve must be installed and anchored at the base of the dispenser for pressurized integral piping system.
- Stage II vapor piping must be constructed of cathodically protected steel, fiberglass reinforced plastic or approved flex piping. Underground Stage II Vapor and vent piping must be double-walled.
- Stage II Vapor Recovery System components must be CARB certified. (See Special Note above).
- Vapor return, vent, and suction product piping must slope at least 1/8" per linear foot back to the UST. Vapor and vent pipe diameter must be 2" minimum.
- Gasoline storage tanks vent pipes must extend to 12’ (feet) above finish grade and be equipped with pressure-vacuum vent relief valves.
- A shear valve is not required under suction pumps located at the dispenser.
- Dispenser sumps or liners must be placed underneath dispensers.
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References to documents listed in (a) through (o) below are made throughout both PPD and FDEP tank rules. Each document or part thereof is adopted and incorporated as a standard only to the extent that it is specifically referenced in these rules. All standards are available for review at Government Center West, 1 N University Drive, Plantation, Florida.
(a) ACI International:
- ACI 224R-89, "Control of Cracking in Concrete Structures," May, 1990; and
- ACI 350R-89, "Environmental Engineering Concrete Structures," June, 1990.
(b) American Petroleum Institute Standards:
- API Specification 12B, "Specification for Bolted Tanks for Storage of Production Liquids," February, 1995;
- API Specification 12D, "Specification for Field Welded Tanks for Storage of Production Liquids," November, 1994;
- API Specification 12F, "Specification for Shop Welded Tanks for Storage of Production Liquids," November, 1994, with Addenda 1, February, 1997;
- API Specification 12P, "Specification for Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic Tanks," January, 1995;
- API Standard 570, “Piping Inspection Code: Inspection, Repair, Alteration, and Rerating of In-Service Piping Systems”, June, 1993;
- API Standard 620, "Design and Construction of Large Welded Low-pressure Storage Tanks," February, 1996, with Addenda 1, December, 1996, with Additional Pages for Addendum 1, February, 1997;
- API Standard 650, "Welded Steel Tanks for Oil Storage," July, 1993, with Addendum 1, December, 1994, Addendum 2, December, 1995, and Addendum 3, December, 1996;
- API Recommended Practice 651, "Cathodic Protection of Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tanks," April, 1991;
- API Recommended Practice 652, "Lining of Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tank Bottoms," April, 1991;
- API Standard 653, "Tank Inspection, Repair, Alteration and Reconstruction," December, 1995, with Addenda 1, December, 1996;
- API Recommended Practice 1110, "Recommended Practice for the Pressure Testing of Liquid Petroleum Pipelines," December, 1991;
- API Recommended Practice 1604, "Closure of Underground Petroleum Storage Tanks", March, 1996;
- API Recommended Practice 1615, "Installation of Underground Petroleum Storage Systems," March, 1996;
- API Recommended Practice 1621, "Bulk Liquid Stock Control at Retail Outlets," May, 1993;
- API Recommended Practice 1631, "Interior Lining of Underground Storage Tanks," April, 1992;
- API Recommended Practice 1632, "Cathodic Protection of Underground Petroleum Storage Tanks and Piping Systems," May, 1996;
- API Recommended Practice 1637, "Using the API Color-Symbol System to Mark Equipment and Vehicles for Product Identification at Service Stations and Distribution Terminals,” September, 1995; and
- API Recommended Practice 2350, "Overfill Protection for Petroleum Storage Tanks," January, 1996.(c) ASME International:
(c) ASME International:
- B31.4-1992, "Liquid Transportation Systems for Hydrocarbons, Liquid Petroleum Gas, Anhydrous Ammonia, and Alcohols," January, 1993 with 1994 Addenda; and
- B96.1-1993, “Welded Aluminum-Alloy Storage Tanks,” June, 1993.
(d) American Society for Testing and Materials:
- Specification D 4021-92, "Standard Specification for Glass Fiber Reinforced Polyester Underground Petroleum Storage Tanks," October, 1992; and
- Designation: ES 40-94, "Emergency Standard Practice for Alternative Procedures for the Assessment of Buried Steel Tanks Prior to the Addition of Cathodic Protection," January, 1995.
(e) Broward County Environmental Protection Department:
- Article X, Storage Tanks, Broward County Code
(f) Broward County Local Amendments to the Florida Fire Prevention Code
(g) Florida Department of Environmental Protection:
- Chapter 62-761, Underground Storage Tank, F.A.C.
- Chapter 62-762, Aboveground Storage Tank, F.A.C
- Storage Tank System Closure Assessment Requirements," April, 1998;
- “Guidelines for Vapor Monitoring,” April, 1998; and
- “Guidelines for Site-Suitability Determinations for External Monitoring,” February, 1998.
(h) NACE International:
- NACE Standard RP-0169-96, "Control of External Corrosion on Underground or Submerged Metallic Piping Systems," September, 1996; NACE Standard RP-0285-95, "Corrosion Control of Underground Storage Tank Systems by Cathodic Protection,” February, 1995;
- NACE Standard RP-0892-92, “Linings over Concrete for Immersion Service,” December, 1992; and
- NACE Standard RP-0193-93, "External Cathodic Protection of On-Grade Metallic Storage Tank Bottoms," October, 1993.
(i) National Fire Protection Association:
- NFPA 30, "Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code," August, 1996;
- NFPA 30A, "Automotive and Marine Service Station Code," August, 1996;
- NFPA 329, "Handling Underground Releases of Flammable and Combustible Liquids," Chapters 3, 4, and 5, August, 1992;
- NFPA 68, "Guide for Venting of Deflagrations," February, 1994;
- NFPA 69, "Standard on Explosion Prevention Systems," February, 1997; and NFPA 220, "Standard on Types of Building Construction," Chapter 3, August, 1995.
- NFPA 220, "Standard on Types of Building Construction, " Chapter 3, August, 1995.
(j) National Leak Prevention Association:
- NLPA Standard 631, "Entry, Cleaning, Interior Inspection, Repair and Lining of Underground Storage Tanks," Chapter B, 1991.
(k) Petroleum Equipment Institute:
- PEI/RP100-97, "Recommended Practices for Installation of Underground Liquid Storage Systems," 1997; and
- PEI/RP200-96, “Recommended Practices for Installation of Aboveground Storage Systems for Motor Vehicle Fueling," 1996.
(l) Society for Protective Coatings:
- SSPC-TU 2/NACE 6G197, SSPC Publication No. 97-04, “Design, Installation, and Maintenance of Coating Systems for Concrete Used in Secondary Containment,” February, 1997; and
- SSPC-PA 1, “Paint Application Specification No. 1,” August, 1991.
(m) Steel Tank Institute:
- STI-P3® “Specification and Manual for External Corrosion Protection of Underground Steel Storage Tanks #STI-P3®,” April, 1996;
- STI R892-89, "Recommended Practice for Corrosion Protection of Underground Piping Networks Associated with Liquid Storage and Dispensing Systems," 1989;
- STI ACT-100® #F894, "Specification for External Corrosion Protection of FRP Composite Steel Underground Storage Tanks," April, 1996;
- STI F911-93, “Standard for Diked Aboveground Storage Tanks,” November, 1993; and
- STI F921, “Standard for Aboveground Tanks with Integral Secondary Containment,” April, 1996.
(n) Underwriters Laboratories Standards:
- UL 58, "Steel Underground Tanks for Flammable and Combustible Liquids," December, 1996;
- UL 142, "Steel Aboveground Tanks for Flammable and Combustible Liquids," April, 1993;
- UL 567, "Pipe Connectors for Petroleum Products and LP Gas," June, 1996;
- UL 971, "Non-Metallic Underground Piping for Flammable Liquids," October, 1995;
- UL 1316, "Glass-Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Underground Storage Tanks for Petroleum Products, Alcohols, and Alcohol-Gasoline Mixtures," January, 1994;
- UL 1746, "External Corrosion Protection Systems for Steel Underground Storage Tanks," July, 1993, with Revisions, November, 1997; and
- UL 2085, “Protected Aboveground Tanks for Flammable and Combustible Liquids,” December, 1997.
(o) Government Printing Office, Code of Federal Regulations:
- Title 33, Part 154, July 1997;
- Title 33, Part 156.170, July 1997;
- Title 40, Part 112, July 1997;
- Title 40, Part 280, Subpart H, July 1997;
- Title 40, Part 302, July 1997; and
- Title 49, Part 180.415, October, 1996.
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