Governing Law and Regulations
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Code 30, Code 30A, and Code 70
Ohio Fire Code: Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 1301:7-7
Permits (flammable and combustible liquids): OAC 1301:7 7 23 and OAC 1301:7-7-57
Fees: OAC 1301:7-7-01(L)
Ohio Department of Commerce Division of the State Fire Marshal Code Enforcement Section
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region 5
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) in Ohio are regulated under the Ohio Fire Code, which is based on the Building Officials and Code Administrators (BOCA) National Fire Prevention Code. A permit is required from the state fire marshal to install, remove, repair, or modify any ASTs used for the storage of flammable or combustible liquids. Any ASTs that are no longer in use must be removed in an approved manner after a permit is obtained.
Adopted by the Ohio Fire Code and enforceable under OSHA, NFPA Code 30/30A Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code provides the best guidance on the safe storage, handling, and use of dangerous liquids. For example, ASTs must be safeguarded from public access or unauthorized entry in accordance with NFPA Code 30A adopted under OAC 1301:7-7-45. The Ohio Fire Code also requires all electrical wiring and equipment to be installed and maintained in accordance with the building code and NFPA Code 70.
Most ASTs need to meet EPA's SPCC requirements. See the national section SPILL PREVENTION – SPCC PLAN for more information. Also check with your local fire department having jurisdiction, and review all local zoning ordinances and building codes that regulate the ...