This is a brief outline of domestic regulations quotations on request Set out below are some of the main points of the building control regulations, and are only intedned as guide regarding the installation of an oil tank. For the full regulations you are advised to look at the Scottish Executive website, www.sbsa.gov.uk
It is the responsibility of the building owner to ensure their building work complies with the regulations.
A warrant is required when you install a new oil storage tank with a capacity greater than 90 litres. This is obtainable from your local authority building standards department. There are exceptions, for example, if you are replacing an oil storage tank, it can be replaced by a tank of the same capacity as your existing tank without the need of a warrant. You should consult with your local authority building control to determine whether or not a warrant is required.
For a single family dwelling house, you are allowed a single skinned tank up to a capacity 0f 2500 Litres, providing it is located more than 50 meters from a spring or bore hole, or more than 10 meters from controlled waters, e.g. (a stream, river, loch or canal), and additionally where it may constitute a hazard e.g. (a manhole or drain).
If an oil storage tank does not meet any one of the above criteria, then it must be bunded regardless of its size, as does any commercial oil tank, which has a capacity of more than 200 litres.
In a single family dwelling house, any tank up to 2500 Litres in capacity should be sited 1.8 meters or more away from any building and 760mm or more away from a neigbouring boundary. Also the concrete base situated on the ground which the oil tank sits upon, should extend 300mm beyond the tank or bund on all sides.
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