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Storing and Selling Fuel

Any local shop that chooses to store fuel must be aware of safety risks and the strict legal requirements in place. This guidance provides an overview of what is required of you as a business owner in terms of storing fuel safely and storing it legally.

Download the Selling and Storing Fuel Guide

Your obligations with regard to the safe storage and sale of fuel are contained in the Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014, The Dangerous Substances & Explosive Atmosphere Regulations 2002 and the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The most important things you need to know about storing and selling fuel are:

  • You need permission from your local Council or Fire Authority to store fuel.
  • You also need permission for your vapour recovery system from your local Council.
  • Permissions will only be given if your site is suitable for the storage of fuel.
  • You can only store fuel in a safe manner, having carried out a risk assessment.
  • You cannot sell fuel to under 16 year olds and persons under this age should not use the pumps.

This guidance is intended to be used by site keepers that have responsibility for:

  • Their own site
  • Groups of independent sites
  • Groups of franchised sites

The guide is not intended for sites where the sole means of filling vehicles is through staff filling customer vehicles for them, or sites where no staff are present. This guide also does not cover the sale of hydrogen and other alternative fuels. Further advice in these areas can be provided by your fuel officer.

Fuel Labelling

The Department for Transport (DfT) has introduced regulations that legally require new labelling on all fuel dispensers and nozzles in all UK filling stations by 1st September 2019.

The new labels use symbols for petrol and diesel, plus a letter and number to indicate the type and maximum percentage of the relevant renewable fuel it contains.

The 'Know Your Fuel' campaign includes materials that retailers can use in their stores to educate their staff and customers about the change

Download the Staff FAQ Guide       Download the Customer Facing Poster     Download the Labels

Please note: All fuel labels to scale (PDF) – Please note that while the labels in this file are designed to print out to the correct size, it is your responsibility to make sure that the label sizes are correct as different printer and document settings may affect their size.

For more information about the changes, please visit