From 1 October 2014 the petrol licensing regime was replaced with a petrol certification scheme. If you are the owner of dispensing premises where petrol is kept you need to hold a Petroleum Storage Certificate (known as a 'Storage Certificate') to comply with the regulations, see the HSE Petroleum Guidance.
Licences that were in place on 1 October 2014 on existing sites remain valid until they reach their expiry date. We will send out renewal applications to all existing sites 1 month prior to the expiry of the current licence.
Certificates don't have an expiry date and remain in force until either, major changes take place, or the site ceases to operate for more than 12 months. A yearly fee is applicable in the chart below.
How do I get a Petroleum Storage Certificate?
The Storage Certificate for your dispensing premises is issued by your local Petroleum Enforcement Authority (PEA).
Apply for a Petroleum Storage Certificate
Complete and return, with fees, a Petroleum Storage Certificate application (Word, 90kb)
The Keeper of the fuel pays an annual fee, which is calculated according to the maximum litreage of petrol stored at the site. Petrol Storage Certificates can be purchased for up to 10 years in advance.
Petroleum licence fees
|Amount of petroleum||Cost per year|
|Less than 2,500 litres
|2,500 to 50,000 litres
|More than 50,000 litres
Please include the non-refundable fee with your completed application form. Cheques made payable to 'North Ayrshire Council'.
What happens next?
Once we’ve received your application and fee we’ll arrange to carry out an inspection on your proposed premises to make sure they meet the required standards. Your premises will also be subject to routine inspections throughout the term of your Petroleum Certificate.
We will then process your Petroleum Storage Certificate and send it to you.
Petroleum storage conditions
The Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 and the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2000 control the storage and dispensing of petroleum-spirit.
Petroleum Keepers must meet the conditions attached to their Petroleum Storage Certificate which aims to ensure safety at all sites where petroleum spirit is delivered, stored and dispensed.
Domestic and non-workplace storage
Up to 30 litres
An individual can store up to 30 litres of petrol at home or at non-workplace premises without informing your local Petroleum Enforcement Authority (PEA).
You can store it in:
The Health and Safety Executive provides further information on Petrol Storage.
Between 30 and 275 litres
An individual can store more than 30 litres, but not more than 275 litres, provided that the local Petroleum Enforcement Authority (PEA) has been notified. This can be done by completing and returning a Notification of Storage Form (Word, 17kb).
Please read our guidance on How to store petrol safely (Word 16kb).