Get a storage tank permit

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 of ≤4,000 litres;
  • above-ground storage tanks or tank systems for hazardous substances (other than petroleum products) with a capacity of <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

  1. Complete the storage tank system permit application.
  2. Submit your application:
    Email: cs.fmo@gov.yk.ca
    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.
    By mail:
    Fire Marshal's Office
    Government of Yukon
    Box 2703 (C-20)
    Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6
  3. 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.

Contact: 

For questions about storage tank permits, email cs.fmo@gov.yk.ca or phone: 867-667-5230 or toll free in Yukon: 1-800-661-0408, ext. 5230.