Underground Storage Tanks
The Washoe County Health District (WCHD) is working with the State of Nevada, Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP), Bureau of Corrective Actions to re-establish WCHD as the regulatory authority for the Underground Storage Tank Inspections, Release Determination, and continuation of Underground Storage Tank (UST) installation plan review, approval, and permitting.
On February 27, 2014, the District Board of Health (DBOH) directed the WCHD to update fee schedules and billing processes and recommended that the fees reflect the full cost of service provision, including a proportional share of infrastructure support. Therefore, the WCHD proposed the permitting of all facilities with regulated Underground Storage Tanks at fueling stations and those with underground tanks for emergency generators. The proposed annual permit and fee will establish and require an on-site biennial physical inspection and submittal of all required testing, monitoring documentation, and paperwork the following year at each facility. This will ensure all facilities are in constant communication with WCHD and maintain compliance with all State and Federal Regulations.
What’s New to Regulated UST Systems and How the Permitting Process Will Work
On December 16, 2021, the Washoe County District Board of Health (DBOH) approved the proposed Underground Storage Tank (UST) fees for regulated USTs. The State of Nevada Board of Examiners approved the Interlocal Agreement between the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection and the Washoe County Health District to provide regulatory oversight of regulated USTs in Washoe County, with an implementation date of no later than March 1, 2022 for WCHD oversight.
What Happens Now
- Each regulated UST site will be issued a permit number and an invoice will be mailed to the operator of each of these UST sites.
- The owner/operator of the UST system will receive an invoice for the UST permit no later than April 2022 and be required to pay an annual permit fee of $875 to the Washoe County Health District for each UST site by June 30, 2022. Payment may be made by phone at 775-328-2434, by returning the invoice with a check to the address listed on the invoice, or online at ACA_Registration_Process.pdf (washoecounty.gov).
- Every regulated UST system in Washoe County will receive an annual inspection in the form of either a physical onsite visit or a record review audit of monthly, annual, and three-year testing requirements for each UST system.
- Physical inspections may begin as early as February 15, 2022 to meet the requirements of the interlocal agreement with the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection.
NEW - PROPOSED UST PERMITS and FEES - Underground Storage Tank Facilities (UST)
Workshops and Public Meetings were held: Click here for Info
The proposed annual permit fee is: $875.00
Please contact Wes Rubio at email@example.com with any questions.
As of October 12, 2020, the State of Nevada, Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP), Bureau of Corrective Actions is the regulatory authority for the Underground Storage Tank Inspections and Release Determination in Washoe County.
Please contact the Bureau of Corrective Actions regarding inspections and release determination for all tank removal activities at: https://ndep.nv.gov/contact-us/bureau-of-corrective-actions-contacts
Underground storage tank installation requires plan review, approval, and permitting through the Washoe County Health District (WCHD) building permit and plan review process.
The Washoe County Health District (WCHD) administers the Underground Storage Tank (UST) Program in Washoe County via inter-local contract with the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP). The WCHD performs routine UST inspections, oversees UST system installation/decommissioning.
- 40 CFR 280 via US EPA website
- NRS 459.800 – 459.856 (Storage Tanks)
- NAC 459.9921 – 459-9995 (Storage Tanks)
- NAC 445A.226 – 445A.22755 (Water Controls)
The WCHD must be notified for all UST system installations, repairs, modifications, and removals.
Local building, and fire, agencies should be contacted concerning additional permitting requirements.
All federally regulated USTs must be registered with the submission of an EPA Form 7530-1 to maintain accurate information of UST systems.
UST files are available for review at the WCHD office located at 1001 East 9th Street, Building B, 2nd Floor, Reno, Nevada 89512. All record requests require the submission of a Public Records Request Form. These forms must be submitted via email to HealthEHS@washoecounty.gov The WCHD policy is to complete these requests within five working days unless, due to the size of the request, additional time may be required. If additional time is required, the requester will be notified.
Contact the Program
Luke Franklin - UST Program Manager
Last modified on 08/18/2022