Underground Storage Tanks
Permitting & Compliance
Effective May 26, 2017, a release must be reported within 24 hours
DHEC's 24-hour Emergency Response Line for Accidental Spills:
UST Transfer of Ownership
EFFECTIVE MAY 26, 2017: Within 30 days of acquisition, any person who assumes ownership of a regulated UST system
must submit a notice of the ownership change to the Department in accordance with R. 61-92, 280.22(b).
**If you are only leasing the tanks and do not actually own them, please see the Leasee section below. **
- Fill out a Transfer of Ownership form. This form must
include the previous
owner's signature as well as a notary signature. Send to the Division immediately. The tank owner or
operator's name must match the name that will be used to provide financial responsibility.
- Provide a Bill of Sale, Deed, Title to Real Estate or a legal document to prove ownership of the USTs.
- Visit the Financial Responsibility (FR) page to
familiarize yourself with the requirements. Once the transfer documents are received, you will receive a
letter requesting that you provide an acceptable FR mechanism within 30 days.
- Any past due fees must be paid in order to receive a registration certificate.,Fuel deliveries cannot be
received without a valid certificate.
- Every facility must have at least one individual trained as a Class A/B operator. Once the transfer
documents are received, you will receive a letter requesting that you provide proof of a trained A/B
operator within 30 days.
- If you still have contact with the previous owner, obtain any available compliance records (monthly
monitoring records, previous testing records, current registration certificate, etc…).
- If you do not have any previous monitoring/testing records, perform tightness testing on the tanks, lines,
and leak detectors (if present). Then begin monthly monitoring of tanks and lines using a valid release
detection method. (See Guidance Documents for
more information on release detection.)
- If the system is protected by a cathodic protection system, the system is required to be tested every
three years. Obtain a copy the two most recent testes and keep on file to show to the inspector at the
inspection. You can find a list of testing vendors here.
**If you are only leasing the tanks and do not actually own them, please see the Leasee
section below. **
- If the tank system is out of use, contact the Division to make sure that the tanks will be allowed to be
placed back into service.
- Contact the Division to determine if there are any past due tank fees that are owed on the facility. They
will become your responsibility once you purchase the facility.
- Take a Transfer of Ownership (pdf) form with you to the
closing so that you may obtain the previous owner's signature on the form.
- Request that all previous tank records be provided to you at the time of closing. These should include all
monthly monitoring records, previous testing records, previous repair records, and the current registration
- Tank owner transfers only occur when the tanks themselves have actually
been sold. If you purchased the business but are only leasing the tanks, DO NOT fill out a
Transfer of Ownership form.
- Mail and other forms of communication from the Division will be sent to the tank owner.
- If you would like to notify us that you are now the leasee of the tanks, fax or email us your contact
Banks (Foreclosure/Lender Liability):
- Forward foreclosure documents or send in a Transfer of Ownership form. The
tanks will be under Lender Liability of the bank
- If the tanks are to be operated:
- If tanks are not being operated
- If you need information about a current UST property, you may request a
letter of concern. Please allow at least 3 business days for the request.
- If you have a client that found a UST on their property:
- Determine if a tank is already registered with our Division, by using the UST Registry.
- If the tank is not registered, determine if the tank is a home heating oil tank.
- If the tank is not registered and should be, please fill out a UST No Longer in
Operation form (pdf). Please be aware that back fees may be owed on the tank(s).
- Refer to Potential Buyer section to obtain further information prior to the sell.