Do you own a propane storage tank? You may need an operating permit

Since 2004, propane tanks that are in operation and pressurized above 15 pounds per square inch gauge (psig) must have an operating permit (Directive #D-BP-2015-01).  Propane cylinders, such as those used with barbecues, small heating equipment, and recreation vehicles, do not require a BC Safety Authority (BCSA) operating permit.

We remind owners that there is an inherent safety risk involved for owners and the surrounding public and property when large quantities of combustible fuel, such as propane, are stored.

Operating permits allow us to provide safety oversight and reduce risks of safety hazards. The data collected enables us to effectively communicate important safety information to owners, so that they can protect themselves, their equipment, and those around them.

NOTE: The operating permit fee will be waived for tanks equal to or less than 500 USWG, regardless of purpose or use. For tanks over 500 USWG that are used for residential purposes1 only, owners can apply for a waiver.

Regardless of whether the permit fee is waived or not, all owners of tanks that are in operation and pressurized above 15 psig are required to apply for a permit and provide their tank data to BCSA.

Table 1: Tank Dimension-based Operating Permit Fees

Diameter

Length

< 5 M

5 - 10 M

10 - 15 M

15 - 20 M

20 - 25 M

> 25 M

  < 1 M

$27

$41

$64

$82

$105

$125

1 - 2 M

$38

$52

$75

$93

$116

$136

2 - 3 M

$53

$67

$90

$108

$131

$151

3 - 4 M

$64

$78

$101

$119

$142

$162

4 - 5 M

$74

$88

$111

$129

$152

$172

  > 5 M

$89

$103

$126

$144

$167

$187

Table 2: Tank Volumetric-based Operating Permit Fees (in US water gallons)

 

 

Volume

Operating Permit Fee

≤ 500 USWG*

$27 (waived)

501 - 999 USWG*

$27

1,000 to 1,999 USWG*

$38

≥ 2,000 USWG

Dimensions required

 

*  For reference, if tank dimensions are unavailable for tanks less than 2,000 USWG, Table 2 assumes:

  • 250 and 500 USWG tanks: diameter < 39.4” (= 1 M) and length < 197” (= 5 M)
  • 1,000 USWG tanks: diameter 39.4” to 78.8” (= 1 – 2 M) and length < 197” (= 5 M)

Dimensions must be provided for tanks < 2,000 USWG with non-standard dimensions, or tanks ≥ 2,000

To apply for an operating permit, complete an Operating Permit Application for Propane Pressure Vessels (Form 1509) and email it to propane@safetyauthority.ca.

If you have any questions about operating permits or the application process, please contact us at propane@safetyauthority.ca or 778-396-2033.

1 ‘Residential purposes’ applies to any tank in which propane is stored to provide fuel to a structure used primarily as a private residence but does not include a hotel. A hotel is defined in the Hotel Guest Registration Act as an inn or building in which private rooms are maintained for the accommodation of the public.

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