Apply for a petroleum storage certificate

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 regulations.

The full guidance is available on the Health and Safety Executive website.

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).


The keeper of the fuel pays an annual fee. The fee is calculated according to the amount of petrol stored at the site.

The Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 (as at 1, October 2014) allows Petrol Storage Certificates to be purchased for up to ten years in advance. You can multiply the amounts below by the number of years you require. You can pay fees for up to ten years in advance.

Amount of petrol  Annual fee
 Up to 2,500 litres (550 gal)  £45
 2,500 - 50,000 litres (550 - 11,000 gal)  £61
Over 50,000 litres (11,000 gal)


Apply for a petroleum storage certificate

Petroleum storage certificate register

You can find out the current sites that hold a certificate on our petroleum storage certificate register.

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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