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Trading Standards are the petroleum enforcement authority in Dorset and we are responsible for ensuring safety at sites where petrol is delivered, stored and dispensed.

On 1 October 2014 the Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations introduced the operation of a permitting system for the storage of petroleum under certain circumstances. The keeper of the fuel must apply for a Petroleum Storage Certificate. We must be satisfied with the storage of petroleum at the site and the precautions that have been taken to minimise the risks presented by any storage of petroleum.

Further information on the new legislation can be found on the Health and Safety Executive Website (opens in a new window) or by contacting the Trading Standards Business Advice line on 01305 224702 or you can use our Trading Standards Contact Us Form

How do I apply for a Petroleum Storage Certificate?

You can apply for a new Petroleum Storage Certificate (word, 124kb) (opens in a new window) online.

How much does the certificate cost?

The cost of a petroleum certificate is dependant on the quantity that will be stored. You may choose how long a storage certificate will be valid for, between one and ten years and then make a payment for that period of your choice.

For an up to date list of fees please see our Fees page (pdf, 319kb) (opens in a new window)

Additional Information

See links to the Health and Safety Executive Website (opens in a new window)

Disused petrol storage tanks

Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) 2002

A guide to the filling of multiple containers at petrol filling stations

What If I have any queries, concerns or complaints?

For further advice and information about petroleum certificates and storage contact our Trading Standards Business Advice Line on 01305 224702 or email

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