Installing a fuel tank is considered to be permitted development, not needing planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions:
The permitted development regime includes liquid petroleum gas tanks as well as oil storage tanks.
Please note: the permitted development allowances described here apply to houses not flats, maisonettes or other buildings. View guidance on flats and maisonettes here.
*The term "original house" means the house as it was first built or as it stood on 1 July 1948 (if it was built before that date). Although you may not have built an extension to the house, a previous owner may have done so.
*Designated land includes national parks and the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, conservation areas and World Heritage Sites.
Permitted Development for householders – Technical Guidance
You are strongly advised to read a technical guidance document produced by the Government to help understand how permitted development rules might apply to your circumstances.
The installation of a fuel tank should meet the necessary building regulations requirements.
If the installation is above ground the requirements will be applied to achieve adequate shielding of the tank from any surrounding fire and, in the case of an oil tank, containment of oil leakages so that ground water is not contaminated.
Where new oil connecting pipework is proposed, a fire valve will be needed at the point where the pipe enters the building.
If you are installing an oil tank and/or connecting pipework and you employ an installer registered with one of the related competent person schemes, you will not need to involve a Building Control Service
This is an introductory guide and is not a definitive source of legal information. Read the full disclaimer here.
This guidance relates to the planning regime for England. Policy in Wales may differ. If in doubt contact your Local Planning Authority.