Colorado Aboveground Storage Tanks regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Colorado Aboveground Storage Tanks: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 30 and NFPA Standard 30A, as amended

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Aboveground storage tanks (ASTs): Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS) 8-20.5-301 to 8-20.5-304 and regulations at 7 Code of Colorado Regulations (CCR) 1101-14 Sections 1.1 to 9.7

Applicability: CRS 8-20.5-101 and 7 CCR 1101-14 Section 3-1

Registration: 7 CCR 1101-14 Section 3-2-4

Fees: 7 CCR 1101-14 Section 3-2-4(a)(3)

Permit application: 7 CCR 1101-14 Section 3-2-3

Division of Oil and Public Safety (OPS) inspections: 7 CCR 1101-14 Section 3-2-3

Testing, inspection, and maintenance: 7 CCR 1101-14 Section 3-3-4

Release detection: 7 CCR 1101-14 Section 3-3-3

Closure: 7 CCR 1101-14 Section 3-4

Petroleum Storage Tank Fund: 7 CCR 1101-14 Sections 8-1 to 8-7 and CRS 8-20.5-103

Petroleum Cleanup and Redevelopment Fund: 7 CCR 1101-14 Sections 9-1 to 9-7

Regulatory Agency

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (DLE) Division of Oil and Public Safety (OPS) Oil Inspectors Section

DLE OPS Remediation Section

DLE OPS State Fund Section

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Colorado has adopted National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Codes 30 and 30A as they apply to aboveground storage tank (AST) construction, design, and installation. The state requires AST owners and operators to obtain a permit from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (DLE)'s Oil Inspectors Section (OPS) before commencing operations. The OPS requires prior notification of permanent tank closure or change in service. In addition to state regulations, all AST systems must meet local fire district rules, zoning ...


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Colorado Aboveground Storage Tanks Resources

Type Title
Checklists Tank In-Service Inspection Checklist
Forms UST/AST Registration
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