Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act (APSA) Program

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The Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act (APSA) Program is one element within our Environmental Compliance Division’s CUPA Program. The Environmental Compliance Division is responsible for the implementation, enforcement, and administration of APSA throughout the County of Sacramento and its incorporated cities. ​Oversight is provided by the CAL Fire-Office of the State Fire Marsh​all.

The purpose of the APSA Program is to protect public health, the environment and groundwater from potential contamination or adverse effects associated with unintended releases from the aboveground storage of petroleum-based hazardous materials and wastes.

An Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tank (AST) is defined in the California Health and Safety Code as “…a tank that has the capacity to store 55 gallons or more of petroleum and that is substantially or totally above the surface of the ground.”

All facilities that have ASTs (including 55 gallon drums) with an aggregate storage capacity of ≥1,320 gallons of petroleum are subject to APSA. APSA also regulates tank facilities with less than 1,320 gallons of petroleum if they have one or more stationary tanks in an underground area (TIUGA) with a shell capacity of 55 gallons or more of petroleum, and, in this case, only the TIUGAs are subject to APSA, although there are exceptions.

How to Obtain a Permit

All businesses regulated by CUPA programs require a permit.  In order to determine the type of CUPA permit your business may require, all Sacramento County businesses without a CUPA permit must complete a “Business Survey Questionnaire”. Please click on link below to complete the questionnaire.

If you have questions, please contact the “Business Survey” staff at cupapermit@saccounty.net or call 916-875-8550

Program Overview

EMD provides regulatory oversight for the operation of Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tanks including:

Program Assistance

For information regarding installation an​d re​pairs of petroleum Aboveground Storage Tanks contact your local fire jurisdiction.

Have Questions?

For more program information, please contact:

Sacramento County Environmental Management Department
Environmental Compliance Division
11080 White Rock Rd., Suite 200
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

916-875-8513 (fax)