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Aboveground Storage Tanks

AST Regulations:

DHEC does not regulate or issue permits for Aboveground Storage Tanks (ASTs) containing gasoline and/or other petroleum products.

Please contact the State Fire Marshal’s Office at (803) 896-9820 for AST installation requirements and NFPA standards.

To report chemical spills, oil spills, or fish kills call our toll-free 24-hour emergency response line at 1-888-481-0125.

After the initial response phase, cleanup of petroleum releases from non-regulated sources is overseen by the UST Management Division.These releases are subject to the South Carolina Pollution Control Act, and DHEC will require investigation and cleanup where petroleum contamination remains following initial response actions.

Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Requirements

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates ASTs through the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures Rule.

This federal regulation applies to non-transportation-related facilities with a total aboveground oil storage capacity of greater than 1,320 gallons, or total completely buried oil storage capacity greater than 42,000 gallons. In addition to the storage capacity criteria, a facility is subject to SPCC regulations if, due to its location, the facility could reasonably be expected to discharge oil into navigable waters of the U.S. or adjoining shorelines. The text of this regulation is found at 40 CFR part 112, and any further inquiries regarding SPCC Regulations can be directed to the EPA Region 4 office in Atlanta, GA.

Terminal Facility Registration Program

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control maintains a Terminal Facility Registration Program, in accordance with the South Carolina Oil and Gas Act.

Registration is required of fixed land based facilities, mobile land based facilities, and vessels that transfer or carry pollutants over waters of the state in the coastal environment. This program is operated by the Emergency Response Section in the Bureau of Land and Waste Management.


For more information please contact the Bureau of Land & Waste Management at (803) 898-2000 or visit our offices (note new location).