Other Related Information
Unlike USTs, there is no current requirement for the registration of existing ASTs. The OSFM does not maintain a database of all statewide ASTs.
Airport Dispensing Sites
Retail sale of fuel from an aboveground tank is allowed to be conducted at an airport facility, and only for dispensing into aircraft (not over-the-road vehicles). These tanks are allowed to have larger capacities (up to 10,000 gallons per tank) but also must comply with more stringent installation rules. These installations at airports must be approved by both the Illinois Department of Transportation's Division of Aeronautics as well as the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
The proper application to be completed and submitted to the OSFM for airport sites is the "Aboveground Airport Dispensing Storage Tank Application".
Mining and Coal - Fire Electric Generating Facilities
Aboveground fuel dispensing tanks at mining and coal-fire electric generating facilities are allowed to be of larger capacity (up to 12,000 gallons) with specific installation restrictions. The installation restrictions include increased separation distances to buildings and property lines, the storage of diesel fuel and not gasoline, and agreement to the installation by the local fire department.
The proper application to be completed and submitted to the OSFM is the "Application for Above Ground Storage Tank Installation for Motor Vehicle Fuel \ Dispensing Purposes". (This is the same application that is applicable to smaller capacity dispensing sites. A special application does not apply to the mining or coal generation facilities).
Information Applicable to Both Bulk and Dispensing ASTs
There is no fee required for the OSFM's review or field inspection of aboveground storage tanks. All applications for aboveground liquid (bulk or dispensing) storage tank installation or relocation must be completed, and submitted to OSFM Technical Services Division. Applications may be submitted either to the electronic or office address indicated at the top of the forms.
All storage tank applications must be accompanied by one copy of site plans showing the required information.
Unlike UST work, installation or relocation work on ASTs is not required to be conducted by a licensed contractor.
Applicants will receive return correspondence from the OSFM after a review of the applications and plans has occurred. If all necessary information is included in the submittal, average turnaround time for submitted AST applications is 10 business days.
The return correspondence includes instructions that the tanks may not be filled with product until an on-site inspection is conducted by an assigned inspector of the OSFM. The correspondence also includes a phone number where installers or owners can contact the OSFM to inform the agency that the installation has been completed and request the assignment of an inspector to conduct the on-site inspection. The OSFM application review letters will continue to be copied to the local fire authority.
Policy Statement - Internal Emergency Valves for AST's Supplying Fire Pumps (PDF, 18KB)