Do you need to apply for a certificate, when to make an application, how to play for a certificate and how long will the process take. Will your premises be inspected, conditions that attached to the certificate, how to renew/transfer a certificate and who to contact.
Petroleum means any product of crude petroleum that has a flashpoint below 21°C. This includes petrol, benzene, pentane and any mixture that contains these products and has a flashpoint below 21°C.
This does not include white spirit, paraffin, diesel oil or fuel oils.
The council is the petroleum enforcing authority for the storage of petroleum spirit in East Riding of Yorkshire.
We need to make sure those keeping and dispensing petrol do so in a safe manner that is unlikely to cause risk to the public or environment.
A certificate will allow you to keep an approved quantity of petroleum. It is an offence to keep such quantities of petroleum spirit without a storage certificate.
There are a number of websites, which can provide further information:
Health and Safety Executive (external website)
Association of Petroleum and Explosives Administration (external website)
Energy Institute (external website)
You need to make an application if you are storing petroleum:
In any non-workplace or domestic situation a petroleum storage certificate is not required. However you may still need a non-workplace licence. This will depend on the individual circumstances of:
Additionally, you should contact us:
You can apply for a petroleum storage certificate by one of the following means:
Apply online for a petroleum storage certificate
Petroleum storage certificate application (pdf 106kb opens in new window) Please note: to return an application form, contact the health and safety duty officer.
Please note: to return an application form, contact the health and safety duty officer.
Please note: the application must be submitted together with the appropriate fee.
For new applications please provide the following:
You are advised to contact the health and safety duty officer us and speak to us as early as possible for further guidance.
The fee payable for a certificate or the renewal of a certificate depends on the quantity of petroleum being stored and the annual period applied for.
The current fees (per year) are:
Storage certificates may be granted on an annual basis, up to a maximum of 10 years.
Fees are not refundable neither can refunds be given where:
Please bear this in mind especially when applying for longer periods of certification.
We will consider the application before issuing, renewing or modifying or a certificate.
We may have to conduct site visits and require the production of other documentation to ensure that storage requirements are being met.
Once we have received your application together with the correct fee and any necessary documentation and we are satisfied that the premises meets storage requirements, we will agree to issue, renew or modify the certificate.
We aim to process your application as soon as possible.
There is no statutory period for determining applications, however, we aim to determine applications within 28 days.
No, tacit consent will not apply. This is because it is in the public interest that we must process your application before it can be granted.
If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact the health and safety duty officer.
Yes, for new applications or as regards material changes to existing certificates. The premises will be inspected and assessed as part of the application process.
There are no conditions that are attached to the certificate.
If your application is refused, contact the health and safety duty officer and we will discuss your application with you.
If you are refused a licence by the council you can appeal to the secretary of state under Section 44 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
A certificate may last up to a period of 10 years subject to payment of the appropriate fee. At the end of the certification period the certificate will lapse unless renewed.
The petroleum storage certificate now remains with the dispensing premises. A new individual who takes over a certificated site must notify the Council as petroleum enforcement authority before keeping petrol on the premises.
The notification must be made in writing and must include;
This notification must be given a maximum of 6 months and a minimum of 28 days before the day on which the individual proposes to keep petrol on the dispensing premises.
If circumstances change regarding;
We will need to approve these material alterations prior to their implementation. You will need to formally notify us at least 28 days before commencement of any works to affect the change.
For any such material change a new certificate will have to be issued. Please contact the health and safety duty officer.
There is no fee associated with this.
For further information you can contact the health and safety duty officer by;
Telephone: (01482) 396096
Health and Safety and Animal Health Manager Housing and Public Protection East Riding of Yorkshire Council County Hall Beverley HU17 9BA
If you feel we have failed to provide you with good service or are concerned about the progress of your application, please contact us and we will endeavour to resolve any concerns you may have. We also have a formal complaints procedure.