CHAPTER 15.16
USE AND STORAGE OF GASOLINE

Section

15.16.010    Compliance required

15.16.020    Specification - inspection

15.16.030    Limits on delivery for containers without permit

15.16.040    Visible pumps exempt - not in use defined

15.16.050    Motor fuel in tanks or tank wagons exempt

15.16.060    Violation - penalty

15.16.010 COMPLIANCE REQUIRED.

It is unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to keep or store any gasoline or other flammable liquid having a flash point below 70EF, closed cup tester, within the limits of the City unless the gasoline or other liquid is kept or stored in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.

(Ord. 214, § 1, passed -- 1931)

15.16.020 SPECIFICATION - INSPECTION.

A.    Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, the storage of the liquids mentioned in § 15.16.010 in quantities greater than five (5) gallons shall be in underground or above-ground tanks constructed of iron or steel or other suitable fireproof material.

B.    Underground tanks shall be buried with the top of the tank not less than two (2) feet below the surface of the earth and below the level of any piping to which the tanks may be connected, except that in lieu of the two-foot covering of earth, tanks may be buried under one (1) foot of earth and a cover of reinforced concrete at least five (5) inches in thickness provided, which cover shall extend at least one (1) foot beyond the outline of the tank in all directions.

C.    The concrete cover to be placed on a firm, well tamped earth foundation.

D.    All tanks shall be inspected by the Fire Chief before being put in use.

E.    Underground tanks shall be so inspected before being covered.

F.    No tank shall be used for the storage of any liquid mentioned in § 15.16.010, except under written permit therefor, signed by the Fire Chief and issued after his or her inspection of the tank.

G.    The inspection shall be made by the Fire Chief within 48 hours after notice to him or her requiring same.

H.    No permit shall be issued for the installation or use of any tank not installed and constructed in accordance with the terms of this chapter.

(Ord. 214, § 2, passed -- 1931)

15.16.030 LIMITS ON DELIVERY FOR CONTAINERS WITHOUT PERMIT.

No delivery of any liquid mentioned in § 15.16.010 shall be made in lots of more than five (5) gallons for storage in any tank or container not installed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, or for storage in any tank or container for which no permit has been issued as provided by § 15.16.020.

(Ord. 214, § 3, passed -- 1931)

15.16.040 VISIBLE PUMPS EXEMPT - NOT IN USE DEFINED.

The provisions of this chapter shall not be construed to prohibit the use of “visible” or other gasoline pumps which have attached thereto a chamber for the purpose of measuring gasoline; provided, however, that the measuring chamber of any such pump shall be kept drained of all gasoline at all times when not in use or when there is no person attending same. The term “not in use” as used in this chapter, shall be construed to mean when the establishment where the pump is installed is not open for business.

(Ord. 214, § 4, passed -- 1931)

15.16.050 MOTOR FUEL IN TANKS OR TANK WAGONS EXEMPT.

The provisions of this chapter do not apply to motor fuel in the fuel tanks of motor vehicles, nor to tank wagons used for the purpose of delivering or transporting any liquid mentioned in § 15.16.010, nor to temporary storage in sealed containers incident to the handling of the liquids for sale by dealers therein, where the temporary storage does not exceed a period of 48 hours.

(Ord. 214, § 5, passed -- 1931)

15.16.060 VIOLATION - PENALTY.

Any person, firm or corporation failing to comply with Chapter 15.16, or violating any provision thereof is guilty of an infraction, and upon conviction thereof is punishable as provided in Chapter 1.12.

(Ord. 876, § 8, passed 10-14-2008)