Tex. Health & Safety Code Section 753.004
Storage Tanks


Except as provided by Subsection (d), flammable liquids may not be stored at a retail service station in a tank that has a gross capacity of more than 60 gallons above the surface of the ground. The individual or combined capacity or size of an underground flammable liquid tank at a retail service station may not be limited.


A retail service station may operate in conjunction with a bulk plant that has aboveground storage tanks if:


there are separate underground tanks having a capacity of not less than 550 gallons each for final storage and dispensing of flammable liquids into motor vehicle fuel tanks; and


any piping that connects the bulk plant storage tanks with the retail service station’s underground tanks is equipped with a valve that is within the control of the retail service station operator and that is kept closed and locked when the underground tanks are not being filled.


Each aboveground tank at a bulk plant that is operated in conjunction with a retail service station that is on the same or contiguous property must be equipped with emergency vents of the types and capacities prescribed by standards adopted under Section 753.003 (Flammable Liquid at Retail Service Stations).


Except as provided by Subsection (d-1), gasoline, diesel fuel, or kerosene may be stored in an aboveground storage tank at a retail service station located in an unincorporated area or in a municipality with a population of less than 5,000.


A commissioners court of a county with a population of 3.3 million or more may by order limit the maximum volume of an aboveground storage tank in an unincorporated area of the county in accordance with the county fire code.


Under Subsection (d), a retail service station may have a tank for each separate grade of gasoline, diesel fuel, or kerosene, but may not have more than one tank for the same grade.


A new aboveground storage tank may not be constructed within:


15 feet of an adjoining property line, including the full width of the right-of-way of a public road that runs between the property on which the proposed tank site is located and an adjoining property;


15 feet of the right-of-way line of a public road that is nearest to the proposed tank site;


five feet of an established place of business or other building designated by board rule;


100 feet of the property line of any established school, hospital, nursing home, day-care center, preschool, or nursery school; or


15 feet of any fuel dispenser.


In adopting rules under Section 753.003 (Flammable Liquid at Retail Service Stations), the board shall include rules concerning the design, construction, and installation of tanks permitted to be used under Subsection (d). Except as provided by Subsection (f), the rules may not be more stringent than the standards of the National Fire Protection Association.


The authority of a retail service station to store flammable liquids in an aboveground storage tank under Subsection (d) is not affected by a change in the boundaries or population of a municipality that occurs after the date the retail service station begins operation, unless prohibited by municipal ordinance. A municipal ordinance prohibiting the use of aboveground storage tanks may not take effect before the second anniversary of the date on which the ordinance was adopted.
Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 14, Sec. 225, eff. Sept. 1, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 902, Sec. 1, eff. June 16, 1991.
Amended by:
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 388 (H.B. 239), Sec. 1, eff. June 10, 2015.

Source: Section 753.004 — Storage Tanks, https://statutes.­capitol.­texas.­gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.­753.­htm#753.­004 (accessed Jun. 5, 2024).

Jun. 5, 2024

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