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oil tank codes

KMD Member Posts: 10
How close can an oil tank in the basement be from an appliance or sump pump? How far are most oil delivery trucks hose to fill a tank? I am going to have a new tank installed in my basement to replace the burried tank, the closest place to put the tank is about 3' from the electrical service panel and 2' from the sump pump.


  • lchmb
    lchmb Member Posts: 2,997

    I would check with your local inspector. A code set's a minimum but a town or state has the right to raise the standard. I do believe you will be to close to your electrical panel though.
  • Firedragon_4
    Firedragon_4 Member Posts: 1,436
    Although lchmb is correct the

    codes (NFPA31 and CMR4) state you must be 3' froma service panel, valve, etc.

    But, what's unclear and fuzzy logic is how it's measured, from the edge to edge or edge to center. I've heard both ways from 'the inpsectors'.

    Follow lchmb's advice call the inspector first, BTW, that's the electrical inspector.
  • I was told

    2 feet from the nearest edge of the panel box . But it was the plumbing inspector .....
  • Firedragon_4
    Firedragon_4 Member Posts: 1,436
    C'mon Ron,

    that's like asking a Chevy mechanic how your Ford is running (lol).
  • Chuck_7
    Chuck_7 Member Posts: 71
    I need to get the current NFPA 31

    Is it still 5' from a burner?
    I do not see a minimum distance from panelboards (or sump pumps) except do not put anything for 3' directly in front of a panelboard (an electric code requirement).
  • Firedragon_4
    Firedragon_4 Member Posts: 1,436
    The five foot rule

    is from a tank to any heat source, internal or external. The 3' rule is for everything else, gas meters, electric panels, water pipe shutoffs and meters, etc.

    You can get NFPA31-2001 and NFPA211 for chimneys here:
  • jim lockard
    jim lockard Member Posts: 1,059
    fuse box

    The practical side is this= Access and working space shall be provided and maintained around all electrical equipment.
    If providing less then sufficient working space is a burden then perhaps you need to rethink your basement layout. Best Wishes J.Lockard
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