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Domestic petroleum storage licence

You will need a licence from us, as the Petroleum Enforcing Authority (PEA), if you store more than 275 litres of petrol in containers at a domestic premise.

Details of domestic storage requirements are outlined in Icon for pdf Petroleum Practice Note J (PDF, 103.5kb) .

Eligibility criteria  

Applications for a domestic petroleum storage licence will only be considered when they are made by a named person over the age of 18 years.

If you intend to store between 30 and 275 litres of petrol you do not need a licence, however, you must notify us so that we can ensure you are following the necessary safety standards.

Application evaluation process

When we receive a completed application, we need to ensure that the necessary safety standards are observed and maintained. The issue of a petroleum licence is not automatic, but will be issued within 12 working days subject to :

  • The necessary petrol storage arrangements being in place and meeting the approval of the Petroleum Officer.
  • Our satisfaction that you are competent to take responsibility for management of  storage arrangements.

We may impose conditions relating to the safe storage arrangements of the petroleum which will be attached to the licence.

Applicable fees

The fees for a domestic petroleum storage licence (including renewals) are:

 1 Year 2 Years 3 Years
Licence/renewal for up to 2,500 litres £44£88


Licence/renewal for up to 50,000 litres £60£120


Licence/renewal for over 50,000 litres£125£250


How to apply

To apply for a new licence or renew an existing licence download and complete the form below. Please return your completed application to the address included in the form.

Failed Application Redress

If an application is refused, the applicant may appeal to the Secretary of State. Contact us for more information.

Licence Holder Redress

We request that any existing licence holder that has grounds for complaint talks to us in the first instance.

Consumer complaint

Any member of the public that has concerns about any petroleum related issue should contact us

Contact us
Environment, Health and Consumer Protection
03000 261 016
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Environment, Health and Consumer Protect
  • PO Box 617
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 9HZ
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