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Planning Permission for an LPG tank

Planning Permission for an LPG tank

Under certain circumstances, the installation of a fuel tank has to be approved by Local Planning Authorities. AvantiGas offers some advice on how to make a planning application.

When is Planning Permission needed?

Installing a fuel tank in England is considered to be ‘permitted development’ i.e. not needing planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions:

  • Not more than 3,500 litres capacity.
  • Not forward of the principal elevation fronting a highway.
  • Maximum overall height of three metres.
  • Maximum height 2.5 metres within two metres of a boundary.
  • Not more than half the area of land around the “original house”* would be covered by additions or other buildings.
  • In National Parks, the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Heritage Sites the maximum area to be covered by buildings, enclosures, containers and pools more than 20 metres from house to be limited to 10 square metres.
  • Not at the side of properties on designated land*.
  • Within the curtilage of listed buildings any container will require planning permission.

This applies only to houses in England (not flats, maisonettes or other buildings). To view guidance specific to Wales please visit http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/permission/commonprojects/fueltanks/

Please note that the installation of a fuel tank should meet the necessary building regulation requirements.

For full details on how permitted development rules might apply to your circumstances, it is strongly advised to read the technical guidance document produced by the Government : http://www.planningportal.gov.uk//uploads/100806_PDforhouseholders_TechnicalGuidance.pdf

Where do I get a Planning Permission application?

The planning department of your local council will be able to provide you information on applying for planning permission. You can usually find instructions and applications on your local council’s website. Most applications however are now done through the online Planning Portal. You can access the Planning Portal by visiting http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/PpApplications/loginRegister.jsp

What needs to be included in my Planning Permission application?

  1. Location plan. An ordnance survey is a map showing your site and adjoining properties and roads. It can be obtained from your Planning Department for a small charge. Your site has to be clearly outlined in red on the map.
  2. Site plan. This has to show the location of the tank in relation to site boundaries and buildings. This must usually be to a scale of 1:500 or 1:200 and can easily be drawn with an architects scale rule from a stationary shop. It’s also important to supply details of uneven/sloping land or proposed elevations. On the plan you should specify the LPG tank (capacity and colour). This information can be obtained from your AvantiGas (or other LPG supplier) sales representative.
  3. Certificate of ownership. This certificate confirms that you own the land and/or have notified all owners of the land.
  4. Application fee. The fee varies, so your council will tell you how much is payable.
  5. Covering letter. We suggest that you include a covering letter. Before submitting your application, it’s always handy to call your Planning Department to find out who your Planning Officer will be.

How many copies should I submit?

Normally you will need to return four copies of the form and plans, although some councils may ask for more.

How long does it take once I’ve submitted my planning permission application for an LPG tank?

Usually councils decide within eight weeks of receiving your application. Large or complex applications may take longer. If your application is incomplete, the council should get in touch with you before this time to explain what is wrong.

Where can I get more information about planning permission for my LPG tank?

For more information about Planning Permission you can visit www.planningportal.gov.uk or your local council website. Advice from your local council is normally free. Otherwise, don’t hesitate to contact your AvantiGas sales representative who will be happy to help.



This is a guide and not a definitive source of legal information. If you are in any doubt you should contact your local planning authority before undertaking any work.


george said on October 17, 2012

I must express appreciation to AvantiGas and this writer for this advice. I’ve been struggling to find any information on whether or not I need planning permission were I to get an LPG tank and this post has been really helpful. Your knowledge on this is great and I will be contacting my local council shortly. Thank you so much for your reliable and effective help. I won’t hesitate to suggest your web blog to any person who wants/needs information on LPG and LPG tanks.

Paul said on November 14, 2012

As a new lpg user I have been searching online for advice and this has really helped me. Thank you.

Stella said on November 21, 2012

How could I’ve missed this blog! Its incredible.

Takae said on April 7, 2013

fantastic publish, very informative. I’m wondering why the opposite experts of this sector don’t understand this.


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