Underground Storage Tanks
NOTE: AS OF AUGUST 2017 DOCUMENTS RELATED TO A PARTICULAR REMOVAL ARE AVAILABLE FOR ONLINE VIEWING. CLICK ON THE "FAIRFIELD PERMIT #" COLUMN IN THE MASTER LIST TO ACCESS THE DOCUMENTS.
The Fire Marshal's office is responsible for certifying that underground storage tanks have been properly removed and maintains a Master List of all underground storage tank removal permits. The list is in street order. Use CTRL-F to search, or page down, to find the street address of the property you wish to locate. Click on the "Fairfield Permit #" to view documents related to the removal.
Removal or Abandonment
A permit must be issued by the Fire Marshal's Office before an underground storage tank can be removed or abandoned. Please complete and file an Underground Storage Tank Application with the Fire Marshal's office so a permit can be issued. There is no fee for the permit.
The following information is presented by the Fairfield Fire Marshal’s Office to inform the residential property owner of those laws and regulations affecting the use, installation and removal of underground fuel oil tanks (less than 2,100 gallon capacity). Please do not hesitate to call us (203-254-4720) with any questions:
- An underground residential fuel oil tank, of less than 2,100 gal capacity, may continue to be used as long as it is not leaking AND it is still supplying residential heating equipment.
Note: The DEEP estimates that 25% of underground storage tanks are leaking and that the average life span of a plain steel tank underground is 10 to 15 years.
- An underground fuel oil tank no longer in use must be removed or properly abandoned in place. (Complete removal is always preferred unless physical conditions make abandonment in place necessary)
- An underground fuel oil tank that is leaking is an environmental issue covered under Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection regulations. DEEP notification of a leaking tank is required (860-424-3338).
- The removal or abandonment of any underground fuel oil tank requires a permit from the Fire Marshal; there is no fee for the permit and an application form is a part of this package.
- Residential tank removal contractors must (as of October 1, 2004) have a Connecticut Home Improvement Contractor's Registration.
[Exception: If the contractor has a valid Connecticut Plumbing and Heating License OR is listed with the Conn. D.E.P. as a Hazardous Waste Contractor] The requirements of the Connecticut Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code must be adhered to.
- Remediation contractors (those who actually remove and dispose of liquid waste and contaminated soil) must be listed as Hazardous Waste Contractors with the DEEP. Some contractors only do removals; some do both removal and remediation.
- Installation of a new fuel oil tank (whether above ground or in ground)
requires a permit from the Town Building Department.
- It is highly recommended that soil sampling be done with any removal or abandonment.
Forms and Documents
General documents and forms related to underground storage tanks:
Listing files in 'Underground Storage Tank Forms and Documents'
Underground Storage Tank Permits (Organized by Permit Number):
Listing files in 'Underground Storage Tank Permits'