Oil Storage Regulations (N. Ireland)

Northern Ireland were the latest country to adopt the Oil Storage Regulations and only introduced them in 2010, these regulations are not enforced by either SEPA or DEFRA, they are managed and implemented by the DOE NI (Department of the Environment, Northern Ireland).

As with the English and Scottish regulations, the provisions are in place to ensure satisfactory fuel and oil storage tank installations are of a satisfactory standard and do not pose a threat to the environment.

Implemented as a direct result of the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) (WFD) which calls for all sources of possible pollution to be defused, encouraging all surface and ground waters to attain ‘good’ status by 2015.

Effective since March 2011 the regulations almost perfectly mirror England’s Oil Storage Regs and are cited as Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland 2010 No 412, Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) Regulations (NI) 2010.

A copy of the regulations can be found either on the Department of the Environment Northern Irelands website:


… or as a download from this site:

Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) Regulations (NI) 2010 oil storage regulations northern ireland