Upgrades to Existing Tank Systems

The need to modify or add to your petroleum storage tank system may arise at any time and can be motivated by economic, compatibility, or regular maintenance issues. OPS is determined to work with you to expedite the permitting or notification process while ensuring we all abide by the applicable state and federal regulations. We provide two methods by which applicants can notify us of their system’s changes.

If you are installing new or used regulated storage tanks, adding new system components that didn’t exist before, adding secondary containment for piping interstitial monitoring, replacing or relocating underground or aboveground piping, or installing a tank within a tank, it is necessary to complete our Installation/Upgrade Permit Application in order to request a permit for that work. OPS will review the application, ask any necessary questions in order to understand the proposed changes, and issue a permit once the application is acceptable. Following permit issuance, it is important to keep OPS informed of the project’s progress so we can schedule installation and startup inspections. These inspections help ensure high quality and compliant system installation or upgrade.

On the other hand, our Minor Equipment Notification covers equipment repairs or replacements for which permitting and notice ahead of time are not required by OPS:

  • Spill bucket replacement
  • Automatic tank gauge installation or replacement
  • Dispenser replacement if the concrete dispenser island is unmodified and no work at or below the shear valve is done. You must notify OPS using our Retail Motor Fuel Calibration Report within seven days after installing a new or remanufactured dispenser or fuel meter, and that device must be proved and sealed as correct by a Registered Service Agency.
  • Repairs to containment sump boots or cathodic protection systems

This Minor Equipment Notification utilizes a simpler form and applicants are not required to pay a fee. Further, this form can be submitted to OPS within seven days after the work is completed, allowing you to move quickly toward resolving the replacement or repair.