Underground Oil Storage Tanks
In 1998 the Oak Bay Fire Department conducted a review of all records that indicated the presence of existing underground oil storage tanks (UST) for residential properties in Oak Bay. At that time our records indicated that approximately 1800 USTs existed.
As of August 2012, 1,434 of these tanks have been rendered inert or removed.
We recommend that you contact the Oak Bay Fire Department at 250-592-9121 if you have questions regarding underground oil storage tanks for a specific property.
The CRD has created a helpful document that highlights what you need to know about maintenance, spill response and insurance.
Oil Fired Equipment and Fuel Tanks
Oak Bay Municipal Council has adopted a bylaw to regulate the installation of oil burning equipment and flammable liquid and combustible liquid fuel tanks.
Installation/Removal of a Fuel Tanks/Oil Appliances
No person shall install a fuel tank or oil burning equipment unless the installation is carried out strictly in accordance with the applicable provisions of the:
(a) B.C. Building Code;
(b) CAN/CSA B139-Installation Code for Oil Burning Equipment;
(c) Oak Bay Zoning Bylaw;
(e) B.C. Fire Code.
No person shall install oil burning equipment or a fuel tank without first obtaining a permit from the Fire Chief, and paying the Corporation the applicable permit and inspection fees.
A permit application can be obtained from the Fire Department.