Apply for a licence to store petroleum

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.

The HSE Petroleum Regulations 2014 (PDF) have been published to provide further guidance.

All licences that were in place on 1 October 2014 on existing sites are still valid and remain valid until they reach their expiry date. We will send out the renewal applications to all existing sites around one month before the expiry of the current licence. Once renewed, licences become storage certificates. Certificates do not 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. An annual fee is applicable and is detailed in the chart below.

Storage Certificates are issued at any time of year, but we have a common renewal date of 31 January.

The Storage Certificate for your dispensing premises is issued by your local Petroleum Enforcement Authority, known as the PEA (formerly the Petroleum Licensing Authority or PLA).

Apply for a petroleum storage certificate

To apply, download and complete a Petroleum Storage Certificate Application Form (PDF)

Return the form with fees to:

Petroleum Officer
Environmental Enforcement
Swindon Borough Council
Wat Tyler House West
Beckhampton Street
Swindon SN1 2JG

How to pay

The keeper of the fuel pays an annual fee, the amount of which depends upon the size of the storage facility and how long the certificate is valid.

The fee is calculated according to the maximum litreage of petrol stored at the site. The Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 (as at 1st October 2014) allows Petrol Storage Certificates to be purchased for up to 10 years in advance. Please multiply the below costs by the number of years you require. Fees can be paid for up to 10 years in advance at multiples of the yearly rates shown below. Cheques are to made payable to Swindon Borough Council.

Pay for a Petroleum Storage Certificate online

   Validity  Fee
 Up to 2,500 litres (550 gal)  1 year  £44
 2,500 - 50,000 litres (550 - 11,000 gal)  1 year  £60
Over 50,000 litres (11,000 gal)
 1 year


Petroleum storage certificate register

For details of current sites that are subject to a petroleum storage certificate, please see the following downloadable Petroleum Storage Certificate Register document (PDF)

Storing petrol at home

It is better not to store petrol on domestic premises, but if you must do so then there are limits to the amounts that can be stored. For further information, please visit the Health and Safety Executive website.

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