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Storage Tank Regulations

Storage tank regulations are contained within the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code. All permits, inspections, and enforcement procedures concerning these regulations are the responsibility of the Harrisonburg Fire Department.

Questions regarding storage tank permitting can be answered by the Fire Department at 540-432-7703.


Who Needs a Permit?

A permit must be obtained from the Fire Department to remove, install, or abandon any storage tank. Applications are available at the Fire Department offices located at 101 North Main Street, Monday through Friday during regular business hours (8:00am -5:00pm). Please allow for permit processing time.

Notice: A Building Permit does not take the place of a Storage Tank Permit.


Pressure Test Required

A pressure test will be required on any storage tank and must be witnessed by a representative from the Fire Inspector's Office.


Soil Sample Test Required

A required soil sample test is to be conducted by a certified lab and a copy sent to the Fire Inspector's Office.



Penalty for violations are a Class 1 misdemeanor in accordance with the Code of Virginia.

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