Oil tanks have been used to heat homes for decades. Up until the 1970’s, many Burnaby homes had furnaces fueled with oil stored in tanks. These storage tanks were either installed aboveground or buried underground, and sometimes both. As natural gas became more readily available, most homeowners switched to this cheaper and cleaner heating source, leaving oil tanks abandoned or unused. Some Burnaby homeowners may not even realize that they have an abandoned or unused old tank on their property.
Underground oil tanks that are left to decompose, rather than properly drained and removed, can begin to leak oil over time. This poses a potential hazard if the oil tank collapses or if it begins to leak oil into the surrounding soil or groundwater. This creates a potential legal and financial liability for Burnaby homeowners. In our experience, the presence of an oil tank usually has a negative impact on the market value of the property.
In Burnaby, a permit is required for the removal of any aboveground or underground storage tank. Permit fees are $50.00 per tank for residential properties and $100.00 per tank for commercial properties. All tank removal companies must have a valid Burnaby Business Licence and must present the licence number and scheduled date of tank removal when applying for a permit.
Another important note for Burnaby is that you must submit a final report to the City once the process of oil tank removal has been completed. This documentation must include site photos and supporting documentation for the permit, the disposal of the fluid contents and tank, clean backfill, and if applicable, results of the soil samples and verification that the soil meets the Ministry of Environment’s guidelines for acceptable limits. We recommend that an independent environmental consultant and lab be used for soil sampling and analysis.
To make the process as simple for you as possible, Speedy Solutions will obtain all the necessary permits and subcontract the necessary consultants on your behalf to ensure nothing is overlooked.