The Division only requires permits for new installations. If you are looking for information on annual registrations (tank fees), please click here.
In order to build a new gas station or install a new tank at an existing facility, tank owners must start the permitting process. The first step in this process is to accurately fill out and submit the Application for a Permit to Install.
Points to consider:
- South Carolina now has a secondary containment requirement for all new installations of tanks, piping, and/or dispensers.
- Will tanks be removed in conjunction with the installation?
- Alternative fuels require additional information.
- Financial Responsibility is required.
The review process for this application usually takes less than a week. Facilities located in one of the eight coastal counties will also have to gain approval from the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM), which could add some time to the application process. Once the review is complete and all required information is submitted, a Permit to Install will be issued to the tank owner. Once this permit is received, installation may begin.
Installation procedures must meet manufacturer requirements as well as industry standards (Note: The following industry codes and standards may be used).
- Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) RP100 Recommended Practices for Installation of Underground Liquid Storage Systems
- American Petroleum Institute (API) Recommended Practice 1615 Installation of Undergroud Petroleum Storage Tanks
Once installation has begun, the Division will perform Phase inspections to monitor progress. Inspections must be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance to allow time for a Division representative to be present. The Phase 1 inspection will occur during installation of the tank(s). The Phase 2 inspection will occur during installation of the piping runs. The Phase 3 inspection will occur once spill prevention and overfill prevention equipment have been installed. Phase 2 and Phase 3 inspections may take place at the same time depending on when installation occurs.
If ballasting is required to anchor the tanks and fuel is used, written notification must be submitted to the Division prior to the first fuel drop. Once the notification is received, an invoice will be issued for the current registration fees. Also, once fuel ballasting occurs, release detection must be conducted. Records of release detection must be made available for review during the Phase 2 piping inspection as well as submitted with the application.
An “As-Built” map is required to be submitted with the Application for a Permit to Operate. The map (which is not to exceed 8 ˝” by 17”) should show site buildings, dispenser islands, canopy footings, USTs, product piping, and vent piping. The map must be accurate to within one foot. If it is available, the inspector will also verify the map during a Phase 2 or Phase 3 inspection.
Once all installation and testing per equipment manufacturer specifications has occurred, the tank owner may submit an Application for a Permit to Operate for review.
A Permit to Operate will NOT be issued until the financial responsibility requirement is met.
Once all required information is received, a Permit to Operate and a temporary registration certificate will be issued. If the tanks were not previously ballasted with fuel, an invoice for registration fees will also be issued. At this point, the tank owner is free to add fuel to the tanks and begin operating the tank system. The temporary certificate is only valid for 60 days. Once the registration fees are paid, a permanent registration certificate will be issued.
For more information please contact the Bureau of Land & Waste Management at (803) 898-2000 or visit our offices (note new location).