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Underground Storage Tank Permits

Storage Tank Permits

Underground storage tank owners and operators must register all tanks with the Division of Environmental Response and Remediation. Petroleum tanks must have a Certificate of Compliance and a current year’s tank tag. Permanent tank closure requires prior approval. Certification also is required for individuals who work on underground storage tanks.

Process Overview

Underground storage tank forms are available online.

Certified installers who plan to install new tanks or upgrade existing ones must notify the Division 30-days prior to beginning work. An installation permit with accompanying fee must be received prior to completion of the installation. Owners or operators must notify the Division within 30 days after work is completed. An underground storage tank may be permanently closed following the submission of a completed closure plan form and 30-day notification.

Tanks cannot be used Underground until a compliance certificate is obtained. Compliance requires meeting both state and federal regulations. To obtain a certificate, submit the application form along with tank and line tightness tests, any previous pollution incident forms and a financial assurance form.

The Division must be notified within 24 hours of a suspected product release. Spills or overfills exceeding 25 gallons must be reported within 24 hours, smaller spills and overfills are reported only if they cannot be cleaned up within 24 hours. The Division must approve corrective action plans before cleanup begins.


  • Registration fees of $100 for tanks on the PST Fund, or $200 for those not on the PST Fund, are required yearly on all regulated underground storage tanks.
  • Tanks participating in the Petroleum Storage Tank Fund are also assessed a per tank fee of either $50 or $150 depending on facility throughput.

Time Required

Compliance certificates generally can be issued within two days, if all necessary information and fees are received with the application. Closure plans are usually approved within 30 days, if the initial plan is complete.


Compliance certificates are valid until January 1 each year. Certificates are automatically reissued unless they have been revoked for noncompliance with state and federal regulations or lapsed because fees weren’t paid. Closure plans are valid for one year from the approval date.


DEQ Division of Environmental Response and Remediation
168 North 1950 West
P.O. Box 144840
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4840
Telephone: (801) 536-4100
Fax: (801) 359-8853