Delta Fire processes all storage tank decommissioning permits. For information on the removal and decommissioning of residential heating oil storage tanks (underground or above ground), please contact the Delta Fire Protection Department at (604) 946-8541. The Corporation of Delta and the Fire Department do not have records of which properties have heating oil storage tanks. They are only able to keep track of the tanks that have been removed or decommissioned under permit.
To have a residential heating oil storage tank removed and decommissioned:
- Hire a competent and authorized contracting company to do the tank closure and removal
- Obtain a permit from Fire Department ($200.00)
- Fire Department will inspect the site prior to removal
- Contractor will remove/decommission the tank
- Fire Department will inspect the site after removal
- Contractor will send in a completion report to the Fire Department
- Fire Department will sign off the report and removal/decommissioning and register the property in their database.
In B.C., it is the homeowner's legal responsibility to properly maintain the oil tank and clean up any spills or leaks that may occur. All underground storage tanks, and above ground storage tanks over 2500 L, that supply oil burning equipment on properties under provincial jurisdiction are regulated by the BC Fire Code.
Although the Ministry of Environment does not specifically regulate residential heating oil storage tanks, all property owners under provincial jurisdiction in B.C are legally responsible for complying with the provincial Environmental Management Act and the Contaminated Site and Hazardous Waste Regulations. For more information, please read the Ministry of Environment Fact Sheet 32: Residential Heating Oil Storage Tanks.