Officers must be able to work in accordance with the legal framework for the control of petrol, assess control measures at petrol filling stations for the storage and dispensing of motor fuels, and ensure the proper decommissioning of petrol storage tanks. They must be able to assess whether the applicable standards are met in relation to the granting of a Petroleum Storage Certificate, following the procedures of their Petroleum Enforcement Authority. They must be able to ensure the control of petrol stored at domestic premises in accordance with the Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014. They should also be able to work effectively with other parties, for example in the development of petrol filling stations.

Core Learning Resources

 Petroleum Consolidation Regulations 2014

 Health and Safety at Work Act 1974


 Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002:

Approved code of practice and guidance

HSE, 2013

 National Local Authority Enforcement Code


 Design, Construction, Modification, Maintenance and Decommissioning of Filling Stations

Energy Institute / Association for Petroleum and Explosives Administration (APEA), 2018


British Standards Institution

See in particular:

  • BS 5908-2:2012 – Fire and explosion precautions at premises handling flammable liquids
  • BS EN 858-2:2003 – Separator systems for light liquids
  • BS EN 976-1:1997 – Underground tanks of glass reinforced plastics
  • BS EN 12285-2:2005 – Workshop fabricated steel tanks
  • BS EN 13012:2012 – Automatic nozzles for use on fuel dispensers
  • BS EN 13160-7:2003 – Leak detection systems
  • BS EN 13616:2004 – Overfill prevention devices for static tanks for liquid petroleum fuels
  • BS EN 13617:2012 – Petrol filling stations: Safety requirements
  • BS EN 14373:2005 – Explosion suppression systems
  • BS EN 14678 – LPG equipment for automotive filling stations
  • BS EN 16321-2:2013 – Test methods for verification of vapour recovery systems
  • PD CLC/TR 50404:2003 – Avoidance of hazards due to static electricity

 Petrol Filling Stations Guidance on Managing the Risks of Fire and Explosion

Petroleum Enforcement Liaison Group (PELG), on website of Energy Institute, 2015

Web page also gives background on PELG

 Index of PELG-PETEL Guidance

PELG, on website of Energy Institute

 Guidance on Local Authority Pollution Control


See in particular:

  • 1/14/ (13) – Unloading of petrol into storage at service stations (2013, archived)

 Unloading Petrol from Road Tankers

HSE, 2014

Training Courses


Energy Institute



Further Reading

 Petrol: Properties, Incident Management and Toxicology

Public Health England

 Storing Petrol Safety


Information for business and individuals, including new guidance on portable petrol storage containers

 Groundwater Protection: Principles and Practice

Environment Agency, 2013

 Guidance Manual on Underground Fuel Storage Tank Installations

Environment Agency, 1996

 Pollution Prevention Guidance

Environment Agency (archived)

See in particular:

  • Operating Refuelling Sites (PPG 7, 2011)
  • Underground Storage Tanks (PPG 27, 2004)

Guidance for businesses

 Petrol Stations

Scottish Environmental Protection Agency

See in particular:

  • Underground Storage Tanks for Liquid Hydrocarbons: Code of Practice, 2006

Other Information

 Petroleum Licensing and Enforcing Authorities


List of contacts

 Petroleum Industry Association

 Petrol Retailers Association

 Petrol Equipment Installers and Maintenance Federation

 Downstream Fuel Association

Trade associations