Above-Ground Oil Tank Installation Guidelines

Oil Tank Installation NJ Guide To Location, Stability and more

When having an above ground oil tank installed, it is vital to follow above-ground oil tank installation guidelines.

In 2018, around 7.5 billion barrels of petroleum products were consumed in the US alone.

With so much oil and oil products being used, storage is vital.

If you’re thinking about an above ground oil tank installation there are a number of factors you need to consider.

Read on as we take a look at some above ground oil tank installation guidelines.


The first thing you need to consider with an above ground oil tank installation is exactly where it’s going to go.

If you’re replacing an old tank, then the most likely outcome will be to just install the new tank where the old one was. If you’re installing a tank for the first time, then you need to find a location that’s not only large enough to fit the tank but also has enough room to meet the legal requirements.

Tanks should not block building entrances or windows. Smaller tanks need to be no less than five feet from a property line, and tanks above 275 gallons need to be at least 10 feet away. Tanks should not be placed below eaves where possible, and should not make any contact with any building, as debris can get lodged and corrode the tank.


Tanks should be installed on properly bedded surfaces to minimize any risk of movement.

They must be properly centered and fully supported so that the tank cannot shift, sink, or topple. Support legs for the tank should be placed on concrete or reinforced stone paving. If the tank is in a flood plain or an area of high wind then additional anchoring will most likely be required.

Other Regulations

The maximum capacity for motor vehicle fuels that are not available to the general public is 6,000 gallons.

A tank designed for above ground use cannot be installed below the ground, and vice versa. Above-ground tanks that contain flammable liquids must be made of non-combustible material such as steel or other approved materials.

There should also be means in place to stop the release of the liquid via siphoning. Any tank filling or venting piping must also be made of wrought iron, steel, or brass, using standard fittings. It must be substantially supported and there must be protected against any physical damage to the piping.

Above-ground oil tanks should also be regularly inspected and maintained.

Are You Looking for Professional Oil Tank Installation?

If you’re looking for high-quality oil tank installation in New Jersey, then we’re here to help.

All American Environmental is a New Jersey-based full-service environmental consulting and contracting company. We are state-licensed and a registered contractor with the Department of Labor for Public Works. As well as oil tank installation, we also offer oil tank removal, cleaning, and sweeping, as well as soil testing and site remediation.

To find out more about our services, or to hire us for your above-ground oil tank installation, contact All American Environmental, New Jerseys leading environmental consultants and contractors today.

The New Jersey counties we have been serving for many years are Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Morris, Bergen, Passaic, Union, Essex, Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon, and Somerset.

Above Ground Oil Tank Installation Guidelines

All American Environmental
136 Edison Rd.
Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849
Phone: (973) 663-1680
Email: allamericanenviro@gmail.com