The storage of hazardous and flammable/combustible materials is subject to municipal and provincial controls.
A municipality, by bylaw, may regulate the location of fuel tanks or fuel dispensing stations. A zoning bylaw may regulate the location of all land uses in a municipality and specify development standards for each use. For details about zoning bylaws, go to the Community Planning section.
A municipality may also adopt a bylaw prohibiting, regulating or controlling the storage locations of flammable/combustible liquids in or about buildings, or classes of buildings or improvements per clause 8(1)(b) of The Municipalities Act or clause 100.1(3)(a) of The Northern Municipalities Act.
The Ministry of Environment has regulations governing how fuel tanks must be installed and how fuel must be stored or dispensed. Saskatchewan Environment has information about its requirements on its website, link below.
The Fire Safety Act and regulations adopt the National Fire Code for regulating the storage, handling and dispensing of flammable/combustible materials in Saskatchewan. Municipalities shall administer and enforce this Act within their jurisdiction, as stated in clause 15(1).
Persons wanting to install fuel facilities should first contact the municipality before engaging the services of a professional or licensed installer to design the site and to prepare plans. The plans should detail all works and show how the installation and operation of fuel dispensing will comply with fire, environmental and other safety regulations. The plans should be submitted for review to the municipality to ensure compliance with fire safety legislation and regulations. If the municipality requires assistance in conducting a plan review and site inspection, they can obtain the services of a professional consultant or contact Emergency Management and Fire Safety (EMFS) for assistance.
The National Fire Code states that “farm” type tanks with gravity dispensing are permitted only on a farm property.
Municipal authorities who have questions or concerns regarding the storage and dispensing of flammable liquids within their community are encouraged to contact Emergency Management and Fire Safety and the Ministry of Environment for further information or assistance.