Above Ground Storage of Liquid Fuels

The State Fire Marshal's office performs inspections on above ground fuel dispensing and bulk tank storage sites. 

The State of North Dakota has adopted National Fire Protection Standards 30 and 30A. Additional regulations are contained in North Dakota Administrative Code Chapter 10-07.

Pre-Installation Approval

Pre-installation plans for aboveground liquid fuel storage tanks must be approved by the State Fire Marshal.


Protect adjoining property and waterways with impound diking around the tanks or by a second containment tank (double wall). The capacity must be sufficient to contain the capacity of the largest tank and the displacement from other tanks in the diked area. In case of a spill, contact:

  • The local fire department;
  • The ND Department of Emergency Services (Tier II) at (701) 328-8100
  • ND Department of Environmental Quality Petroleum Tank Release Compensation Fund at (701) 328-5150.
  • If a release may affect nearby navigable water, also contact the Region 8 EPA Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure division at (303) 312-6312.

Underground Fuel Storage

For information on underground fuel storage, contact the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality.