Underground Storage Tank (UST) - Install/Construction/Repair

The California Health and Safety Code (H&SC), the California Code of Regulations (CCR) and the Sacramento County Code (SCC) require that a UST owner or operator must obtain a permit to install, upgrade or repair a UST. EMD is the agency that issues UST install, upgrade or repair permits in Sacramento County. Most installations, upgrades and repairs require a permit. ​

UST Upgrade or Repair Actions that Require a Permit

The following list provides examples of some common upgrade or repair actions that require a permit:

  • Tank sump, and under dispenser containment (UDC) install, upgrade or repair.
  • Any piping upgrade or repair (including relocation of existing pipes or installation of additional piping).
  • Monitoring system panel upgrade, replacement or repair involving reprogramming (e.g. software upgrade that includes re-wiring or re-programming).

There are a few upgrade or repair actions that do not require a permit. However, proper contractor certification and /or licenses are still required for these actions. The following do not require a permit:

  • Like-for-like replacement (same make and model) of sensors, drop tube, fuel turbines, mechanical line leak detectors, flex connectors (if inside a sump or UDC).
  • Software upgrades of the monitoring system panel that do not require any re-wiring or reprogramming.

The above examples are intended to provide general guidance only. For any proposed upgrade or repair that varies from those listed above contact EMD to determine if a permit is required.

Owner/Operator Responsibilities

If you are the owner or operator of a UST that requires an install, upgrade or repair permit you and your designee must:

  1. Complete and submit an Application to Install, Upgrade or Repair USTs, supporting forms, plans and permit fee to EMD. A permit (Authority Letter To Construct) will be issued upon approval of the proposed upgrade or repair.
  2. Receive this permit (Authority Letter to Construct) before proceeding with UST construction work.
  3. Follow all permit conditions, including but not limited to, inspection, testing, and plan/report submittal requirements.

UST owners, operators, or construction contractors who fail to comply with UST review and permitting requirements may be subject to enforcement action.

Have Questions?

If you need more information or have questions concerning UST permit requirements, please contact:

Sacramento County Environmental Management Department
Environmental Compliance Division
10590 Armstrong Avenue, Suite A
Mather, CA 95655-4153

916-875-8550
916-875-8513 (fax)
emdinfo@saccounty.net

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