The Medicine Hat Fire Service is the authority having jurisdiction in the city of Medicine Hat for the installation, removal or alteration of flammable and combustible liquid storage tanks as classified in the Alberta Fire Code (AFC) Division B Article 220.127.116.11.
Permits are required for the installation, removal or alteration of any storage tanks containing flammable or combustible liquids with a capacity of more than 230L, including outside above ground storage tanks (AST), underground storage tanks (UST), inside building storage tanks (BST) and waste-oil storage tanks (WST). These permits shall be obtained from the Medicine Hat Fire Service PRIOR to the installation, removal or alteration of storage tanks. Failure to do so is a violation of the Alberta Safety Codes act.
To obtain a permit to install, remove or alter a storage tank or storage tank system the following steps shall be followed.
- Complete and submit “Application to Install, Remove, or Alter Storage Tanks Systems” form and send the completed form including 1 set of drawings to the Medicine Hat Fire Service at the address listed on the form.
- Submit the required documentation and details for the applicable type of installation:
- Documentation will be reviewed to verify full compliance to the Alberta Fire Code (AFC). Once it is deemed in compliance, a storage tank installation permit will be issued. There is a charge for initial plans review, as well as any subsequent reviews. An invoice will be mailed out to the applicant after plans have been approved. Refer to the Medicine Hat Fire Service “Plan Review Fee Schedule” for more information.
- The storage tank installation, as per the approved plans, shall be performed by an accredited installer registered in good standing with the Canadian Petroleum Contractors Association (CPCA) www.cpcaonline.com. For tank removals only, a registered tank removal company with the Petroleum Tank Management Association of Alberta (PTMAA) will be sufficient.
- When the installation is complete, a site inspection is required PRIOR to the storage tanks being filled. For a site storage tank inspection to verify that the construction was completed as per the approved plans, call 403-529-8283 a minimum of seven days prior to filling the storage tanks to schedule an inspection with a Fire Safety Codes Officer. Copies of the storage tank and line testing documentation will be required for the final inspection.Once a final inspection of the installation has been completed, a letter of approval and a storage tank certificate will be issued. A notification will be forwarded to the PTMAA if the storage tank has a capacity greater than 2500L.
Plans, drawings and specification shall be submitted in a complete and legible format to the Medicine Hat Fire Service, Fire Prevention Branch. Plans, drawings and specifications will be required to bear the stamp and seal of a professional engineer licensed to practice in Alberta. Plans, drawings and specifications for all storage system installations shall include sufficient information to allow a Fire Safety Codes Officer to complete a plan examination and subsequent site inspection that verifies full compliance to the Alberta Fire Code.
Professional Involvement Variance
In November 2011, Alberta Municipal Affairs issued a “Fire Code Variance Standata” regarding AFC 2006 Division “C” Article 18.104.22.168.that applies to outside aboveground storage tanks only. This revision allows Fire Safety Codes Officers to examine outside above ground storage tank installation plans, drawings and specifications and complete a site inspection that verifies full compliance to the AFC without requiring the applicant to submit drawings bearing the stamp and seal of a professional engineer licensed to practice in Alberta.
The Medicine Hat Fire Service shall be notified PRIOR to the installation, removal or alteration of any storage tank greater than 230L. Failure to acquire the necessary permits may result in prosecution including fines in accordance with the Safety Codes Act of Alberta should there be evidence of:
- Failure to acquire the necessary permits prior to installing, removing or altering a storage tank.
- Filling and use of storage tanks with flammable or combustible liquids without having a final inspection completed and/or having received prior approval.