Flammable or Combustible Tank Permits
The Calgary Fire Department is the authority in Calgary for the installation, removal or alteration of flammable and combustible liquid storage tanks. You can learn what classifies as a flammable or combustible liquid in the National Fire Code – Alberta Edition 2019 (NFC-AE) Division B Article 22.214.171.124 Classification.
These requirements also apply to tanks that contain windshield washer antifreeze. Windshield washer antifreeze has been classified as a 1C flammable liquid.
When are permits required?
Permits are required for the installation, removal, or alteration of any flammable or combustible storage tanks with a capacity of over 230 litres. This includes outside aboveground storage tanks (AST), underground storage tanks (UST), inside building storage tanks (BST), and waste-oil storage tanks (WST).
How soon do I need a permit?
You need to have a permit before the installation, removal, or alteration of a storage tank. If you don’t have a permit you will be in violation of the Safety Codes Act of Alberta which can result in fines and/or jail time.
Follow these steps to obtain a permit:
- Complete the Application to Install/Remove/Alter Storage Tank Systems form for ins tallations or removals.
- Submit a completed application to FireTechServices@calgary.ca. Send the required documentation and details to the address listed in our required documentation PDF.
- We will review your documentation to verify that you are in full compliance with the National Fire Code (Alberta Edition). If you are in compliance, a storage tank installation permit will be issued. We do charge fees to review plans, please see below.
- Installation of the storage tank can begin as per the approved plans. In accordance with the National Fire Code - 2019 Alberta Edition, only individuals who are approved by the provincial Fire Administrator are permitted to install, remove, repair or conduct precision tests on petroleum storage tanks and equipment. The power to approve petroleum tank contractors has been delegated by Ministerial Order No. TCS:002/20 to the Administrator of Certification (Administrator) with the Safety Codes Council (Council). This power was formerly delegated to the Petroleum Tank Management Association of Alberta (PTMAA). All individuals with a valid certification as of June 8, 2020 remain approved to work in Alberta. View the list of approved contractors. Removal of underground tanks, or removal of systems with any underground components, must also have a certified remover present to supervise.
- When the installation is complete, a site inspection is required PRIOR to the storage tank being filled.
- Once the final inspection of the installation has been completed, a letter of approval and a storage tank certificate will be issued.
- For Tanks with a capacity above 2500 litres, or any tank system with underground components:
- As of June 8, 2020, the administration of the storage tank system program in unaccredited areas of Alberta was transferred from the Petroleum Tank Management Association of Alberta (PTMAA) to the Alberta Safety Codes Authority (ASCA), a division of the Safety Codes Council. Further details regarding the transfer of authority can be found in the Fire STANDATA 19-FCB-007. A subsequent Fire Code Interpretation, STANDATA 19-FCI-015, was recently issued related to the National Fire Code - 2019 Alberta Edition regarding Storage Tank System Inspections and Inventory Control. ASCA has been delegated the authority for storage tank systems in unaccredited areas of Alberta.
- The City of Calgary is an accredited jurisdiction, and has therefore assumed responsibility for the construction, upgrading, leak testing oversight, closure, removal, maintenance, operation standards and notification of leaks, spills, and contaminated soils. This is effective immediately.
- Current holders of a PTMAA registration certificate (issued prior to June 8 2020, valid until August 31 2020) must retain/display this certificate for record, to show compliance PRIOR to June 8 2020.
- The Operating/Compliance Certificate process is under review & development by the Calgary Fire Department. When this process is complete, all affected Storage Tank System owners/operators within Calgary will be notified accordingly.
- Should you have further questions, please email FireTechServices@Calgary.ca.
When you submit your application for a permit you will need to also submit a variety of documentation for review, which can include three sets of professional drawings. Check the sheets below for the list of required documents.
Plans, drawings, and specifications need to be submitted in a legible and complete format unless the exemption below applies to your tank. They also require the stamp and seal of a professional engineer who is licensed to practice in Alberta. The plans, drawings, and specifications need to contain sufficient information to allow a Fire Safety Codes Officer to verify full compliance with the National Fire Code (Alberta Edition) during an examination of the plans and site inspections.
Exemption - When is a stamp and seal not needed?
A Safety Codes Officer is permitted to review storage tank plans, drawings, and specifications that don’t have an engineered stamp. This only applies to:
- Individual storage tanks installed outdoors with a capacity less than 8,000 L (including compartments)
- Tank installations with aggregate capacity less than 20,000 L where all storage tanks and piping are above ground and visible for inspection.
If this applies to your tank then fill out and submit the Small Tank Permit Application to FireTechServices@calgary.ca. If the Officer determines that the installation is of a complex nature, stamped drawings from an engineer may be required.
Penalties for failing to comply
Failure to comply with the National Fire Code (Alberta Edition) can result in fines and even jail time as outlined in the Safety Codes Act. Failure to comply applies to:
- Failure to get the necessary permits prior to installing, removing or altering a storage tank.
- Filling and using a storage tank that contains flammable or combustible liquids, without having a final inspection completed or having prior approval to fill it.
If you are found guilty of non-compliance the consequences can be:
- For a first offence:
- Fines up to $100,000 and up to $1,000 for each day where the offense continues and/or
- Imprisonment for up to 6 months
- For second offence:
- Fines up to $500,000 and up to $2,000 for each day where the offence continues and/or
- Imprisonment up to 12 months
All plans, drawings and specifications listed as per the National Fire Code 2019, Alberta Edition, with reference to the installation, alteration or removal of flammable and combustible liquid storage tanks or systems (underground, above ground; located inside and outside of buildings) are to be reviewed for approval by the City of Calgary Fire Department – Technical Services and will be subject to the fee schedule as noted below.
- Tank & Tank Systems Installation/Alteration Initial Review & Removal: $250 + GST
- Tank & Tank Systems Additional Review(s): $98 (per review) + GST
- Additional Inspections (if non-compliant on initial inspection): $104 + GST
- Safety Codes Council Levy: $12.00 (No GST)
Plans that are to be reviewed for approval by Technical Services will be delivered to:
Calgary Fire Department Headquarters
4144 - 11th Street SE
Calgary, Alberta, T2G 3H2
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.
When submitting the application please provide:
Company or Business name
Contact information (individual responsible for the submitted plan)
Email Address / Fax number
Please refer to the attached tank drawings information sheet for the required information and details required for the approval process. Once the review and approval has been completed, you will be contacted by this office for pickup.
Please do not submit payment with the plans. An invoice will be issued when the plan review is completed.
If you have further questions, please call 311 and ask for a ‘Technical Services Review’ request to be created on your behalf.