A storage tank is a closed contained of greater than 230 litres that is made to be in a fixed location. Storage tanks can either be underground or aboveground.
When storage tanks leak, their contents can harm the environment and pose a threat to public health.Yukon storage tank regulations set requirements for storing hazardous substances including petroleum products, and for keeping records of certain products.
Do I need a storage tank permit?
Underground storage tanks
Underground storage tanks have 10% or more of their volume covered with materials such as concrete or earth. You cannot store hazardous substances other than petroleum products underground.
You need a permit for any size of underground tank or tanks system for petroleum products.
Aboveground storage tanks
Aboveground storage tanks have 90% or more of their volume above the ground surface. It also must operate close to atmospheric pressure.
You need a permit for a tank or system of connected tanks that:
- holds >4,000 litres of petroleum products; or
- holds ≥2,000 litres or more of other hazardous substances.
Out-of-use storage tanks
You need a permit when:
- a tank is no longer used, or has been out of service for 1+ years; or
- a storage facility (such as a gas station) is being closed down.
You don't need a storage tank permit for:
- aboveground tanks or tank systems for petroleum products with a capacity equal to or less than 4,000 litres;
- above-ground storage tanks or tank systems for hazardous substances (other than petroleum products) with a capacity of less than 2,000 litres;
- tanks or tank systems or that are used to supply fuel to heat buildings;
- tanks that are used to store crude oil; or
- tanks used to store non-hazardous substances, such as water.
Storage tanks on federal land do not need a Yukon storage tank permit, but you will need to follow federal laws. See Environment and Climate Change Canada’s regulations for storage tanks.
Apply for a storage tank permit
- Complete the storage tank system permit application.
- Submit your application:
In person: The Fire Marshall's office at 91790 Alaska Highway in Whitehorse. We are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 4 p.m.
Fire Marshal's Office
Government of Yukon
Box 2703 (C-20)
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6
- Next steps:
- We may conduct a pre-permit inspection prior to issuing the permit.
- You may need your activity assessed under the Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Act.
- We may ask you for information in addition to the application.
- You may need to pay a technical review fee prior to getting any permit.
After getting the permit
Please visit our page on preventing fuel and chemical spills for more information on storage and record-keeping.
For questions about storage tank permits, email email@example.com or phone: 867-667-5230 or toll free in Yukon: 1-800-661-0408, ext. 5230.