Kentucky Aboveground Storage Tanks: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Permit: Kentucky Fire Prevention Code, 815 Kentucky Administrative Regulations (KAR) 7:120 and 815 KAR 10:060

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National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Code 30 and Code 30A

Regulatory Agencies

Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings, and Construction (HBC) Hazardous Materials Section

Local fire departments

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Kentucky has adopted the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Code 30 and NFPA Code 30A, 2000 editions, covering gasoline and diesel fuel stored in aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) at service stations. Owners and operators of ASTs that contain petroleum and hazardous substances must obtain a permit from the state fire marshal. Local authorities may adopt stricter AST rules.

In addition, Kentucky has regulations that prohibit the discharge of pollutants into state waters and that provide for spill control plans that may affect AST owners and operators. See the state sections OIL SPILLS and SPILL PREVENTION—SPCC PLAN for additional information.

Administration and enforcement. HBC's Hazardous Materials Section is responsible for plan review, permitting, licensing, and renewal certification of ASTs. The Hazardous Materials Section also issues licenses pertaining to AST installation and issues permits for the placement of tanks.

Local fire departments are responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state fire code.

State Requirements


815 KAR 7:120 and 815 KAR 10:060

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