Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) Systems - Permits & Licenses

Agency: Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

INTRODUCTION

The Storage Tank Division (STD), within the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), has the responsibility of regulating the installation of new Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) systems containing 2000 gallon individual capacity, 4000 gallon aggregate capacity, or any Liquefied Petroleum Gas Container filling operations. The STD also maintains the certification of all LPG systems that meet one of the listed criteria.

A. NAME OF PERMIT OR APPROVAL:

The owner/operator plan review/certification of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Facilities.
The owner/operator installation of Underground or Mounded LPG containers.

B. STATUTORY AUTHORITY

Act 207 of the Public Acts of 1941, as amended.
Executive Reorganization Order No. 2 of 1998.

C. TITLE OF REGULATION:

Michigan Fire Prevention Code, Section 29.3c of the Michigan Compiled Laws Annotated.
Storage and Handling of Liquefied Petroleum Gases, Sections 29.6101-29.6155 of the Michigan Administrative Code.

D. SUMMARY OF PERMIT/APPROVAL PROCESS:

1. Applicability

Liquefied Petroleum Gas storage facilities are any vessel that contain a material having a vapor pressure not exceeding that allowed for commercial propane composed predominately of the following hydrocarbons, either by themselves or as mixtures: propane, propylene, butane (normal butane or isobutane), and butylene, and is used to store or transport this mixture.

2. General Requirements

The applicant is required to submit a completed Application for Installation of a Liquefied Petroleum Gas Facility Form #3861, a check for $203.00 per tank to be reviewed, along with a site plan and installation information for review and approval by the STD.
The owner/operator is required to report any tank system that is either underground or mounded to this office on a special form that can be gotten from this office.

3. Submission Requirements

All data and information requested on the Application of Installation of a Liquefied Petroleum Gas Facility Form(s).
New LPG Installations:
A plot plan providing the relevant information such as location of buildings and public roadways, railroads, power lines, storm and sanitary sewers, property lines, and manholes from both the tank and the point of transfer.
A diagram of the proposed LPG system, the working pressure of the tank, piping, and flow control devices, the capacity and dimensions of the tank, shear valve, breakaway device, dispenser, nozzle, tank valves and supports, gages, pressure relief devices, fire protection and crash protection.

4. Procedures for Obtaining Permit or Approval

New LPG Installations:
Applicant submits to the STD central office a completed Application for Installation of a Liquefied Petroleum Gas Facility Form #3861, a fee of $203.00 for each tank to be plan reviewed, and provides the additional information required for new LPG installation plans.
Storage Tank Division staff will review new installation plans submitted, and issue a plan review report within 30 days from receipt of the submittal. A copy of the plan review report is transmitted with the approved plans to the applicant, and appropriate field office for their review in preparation for the field inspection.
Upon receipt of the plan review report, the applicant will notify the field inspector who will schedule a pre tank installation inspection, and a final inspection. Pursuant to the final inspection, the inspector will certify the new LPG system if it is in compliance with the Rules.
Existing LPG Installations:
Applicant must follow the same steps as outlined in the Procedure for Obtaining a Permit or Approval for a new LPG system.

5. Fees

The annual certificate fee is $61.50 per tank.

E. ADMINISTERING AGENCY:

Storage Tank Division
Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
P.O. Box 30033
Lansing, Michigan 48909-7741
517-335-7211 (phone)
517-332-1428 (fax)