Permits for propane tanks and underground gas lines are managed by local authorities, as stated in National Fire Protection Association 58. Obtaining propane tank and gas line permits can be a hassle and it is often simpler to get the propane dealer you select to apply on your behalf. When requesting and comparing quotes from different companies for tank installation and setup, check that it is included.
Propane tank permits
Before having a propane tank installed on your property, you probably need to apply for a permit at your local fire, planning or building department. Propane companies usually do this for you buy or rent a tank as part of the installation services they offer. This is a crucial aspect of your propane system setup because if you do not have a permit for your propane tank and your property is inspected you will not only be fined (amounts vary depending on states, counties and towns) but an underground tank will also be uprooted and inspected.
Applying for a propane tank permit
Homeowners apply for propane tank permits by filling in a specific form (go through your propane company or enquire with the local authorities), submitting a drawing and description of the tank location and paying the required fees. Propane tank permit fees range from $25 to $50 and are usually valid for the life of the propane tank. Ultimately, propane tank permits enable local authorities, especially fire departments, to know where flammable substances are located in case of a fire and act accordingly if there is an emergency.
Propane gas line permits
Propane gas yard lines are pipes that connect a propane tank to the home propane appliance system. Apart from the point at which they leave the tank and enter the home, they run underground. Some municipalities require a permit gas yard lines. Again, the company installing your tank will usually apply for you. Through propane gas line permits local authorities ensure your gas line is not damaged when underground utility lines are setup. Damaged underground yard lines can be more expensive to repair than obtaining the required permit.