Guidelines for implementing the Protection of the Environment Operations (Underground Petroleum Storage Systems) Regulation 2019

The Protection of the Environment Operations (Underground Petroleum Storage Systems) Regulation 2019 (the Regulation) commenced on 1 September 2019. This Regulation supersedes the previous Regulation of 2014.


The original guidelines that were developed to support an earlier Regulation are still being used, but they are not consistent with recent regulatory changes or technological advances in Underground Petroleum Storage Systems (UPSS).

New guidelines

The new guidelines better reflect and support the new Regulation of 2019. The guidelines were released for public consultation between 14 September - 16 October 2020 to make sure the guidelines are clear, effective and meet the needs of all stakeholders.

The new guidelines will:

  • Provide details on the environmental requirements for operating UPSS in NSW
  • Specify what level of performance is expected of operators of a UPSS in NSW
  • Assist with achieving compliance with the requirements of the Regulation
  • Summarise best practice equipment and procedures across industry.

The guidelines are available for download from the document library to the right.

Why it matters

Consultation is now closed

Public consultation on the guidelines is now closed.

Thank you for your feedback on the new guidelines for the regulation of underground fuel tanks.

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