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Installing a new steel underground storage tank

Article X, Storage Tanks, (this link takes you to Municode. com.  Select Chapter 27 - Pollution Control, then select Article X) Provides standards for the licensing, construction, modification, installation, maintenance, removal and disposal of storage tank systems, which consist of tanks and their on-site integral piping systems and associated release detection, which store hazardous material. This article applies to aboveground storage tanks which have individual storage tank capacities of greater than five hundred fifty (550) gallons and underground storage tanks which have individual storage tank capacities of greater than one hundred ten (110) gallons. This article applies to aboveground mineral acid and hazardous substance storage tanks which have individual storage tank capacities greater than 110 gallons. Mineral acid storage tank systems are only subject to section 27-322, of this article.

License and operating requirements

General requirements. Sections 27-306 through 27-322 identify the criteria under which a storage tank facility license is required, application contents, general conditions and operating requirements for all activities regulated under this article.

Storage tank facility license

License required: A storage tank facility license shall be required to build, erect, operate, modify, maintain out-of-service status, close or replace in whole or in part any storage tank system that is intended to store hazardous material unless otherwise exempted by the code. This provision does not apply to routine maintenance procedures. Certified contractors, that are required to perform construction activities in accordance with section 27-302(a)(11), shall apply to Pollution Prevention, Remediation and Air Quality Division (PPRAQD) on PPRAQD application forms and obtain a license approval. The responsibilities of the Certified Contractor under such approval shall be limited to the scope of construction activity referenced in the application and shall cease upon the issuance of the operational approval by PPRAQD to the owner.

Application for license: Application for a license shall be submitted on PPRAQD forms and shall provide all information as requested therein.

Modification of a license: An owner or operator seeking to alter or change PPRAQD approved design, operation and maintenance or closure/post-closure design of a facility, or installation or upgrading to meet the requirements of section 27-307, including any conditions imposed in the license or license modification, shall apply to PPRAQD for approval to modify the license in accordance with PPRAQD policy. Certified contractors, that are required to perform construction activities in accordance with section 27-302(a)(11), shall apply to PPRAQD and obtain approval to modify the storage tank facility in accordance with section 27-306(b)(1). Acts including but not limited to the following constitute modification to which this section applies:

  • The replacement of at least twenty-five (25) percent of underground or aboveground pipes;
  • The installation, replacement or repair of any storage tank system including secondary containment, spill containment, dispenser liner, piping sump;
  • The addition of any storage tank(s) or dispensing islands to an existing storage tank facility;
  • The installation of vapor recovery piping or stage II type system change;
  • The field installation or replacement of cathodic protection;

License fees: License fees as established by resolution shall accompany the license application.

License display: The license shall be displayed in plain view in the office, kiosk or suitable location at the facility where the tanks are located.

General conditions: The owner/operator shall comply with all of the general conditions specified in section 27-58, Broward County Code.

Construction and operation requirements. The construction and operation of a storage tank facility shall be in accordance with the applicable provisions of the South Florida Building Code, the most current version of Chapters 62-252, and 62-761, F.A.C., this article and the code. A storage tank operating approval shall be issued to the owner/operator who has met all the requirements set forth in the construction modification approval/license. This operational approval shall be issued to the owner after the engineer's "as-built" or "record" construction drawings and associated storage tank system tests have been received and reviewed by PPRAQD to confirm compliance with the code. Engineer's as-built or record drawings shall be signed and sealed by a professional engineer registered in the state of Florida.

For further Code requirement or Licensed Facility details, please refer to the Broward County Code of Ordinances, Chapter 27, Pollution Control; Municipal Code Corp. or Broward County Pollution Prevention, Remediation and Air Quality Division (PPRAQD).

Environmental Inquiry and Resource System (ENVIROS) respectively.

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Do I need a State Permit too? Refer to Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Bureau of Petroleum Storage Systems (BPSS) Registration.