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Recently, the City of Omaha Fire and Mechanical inspectors have discovered numerous flammable and combustible liquid fuel storage tanks are being installed prior to obtaining the required permits, inspections and/or oil districts. This typically results in project delays and additional expenses for you and your customers. In an effort to clarify City requirements, this letter outlines the various codes that apply to these tank installations. The Omaha Fire Department enforces the State codes relating to tank installations. The Permits & Inspections Division of the Omaha Planning Department enforces City codes and national codes adopted therein.

The various codes adopted and enforced by Omaha Fire and Permits & Inspections are:

  1. Chapters 40 – Mechanical and 46 – Fire, Omaha Municipal Code. 
    1. You can access the Omaha Municipal Code on-line at: https://www.municode.com/library/ne/omaha/codes/code_of_ordinances 
  2. NFPA 30, NFPA 30A, NFPA 31 and NFPA 37.
    1. For copies of these standards, you can contact NFPA at: www.nfpa.org or NFPA/One Batterymarch Park/ 02169-7471.
  3. Title 158 and Title 159, State of Nebraska.
    1. You can access these codes at: https://sfm.nebraska.gov/regulations.
  4. International Fire Code, currently adopted edition and amended in Chapter 46, Omaha Municipal Code.
    • To purchase a copy of this code, contact the International Code Council at www.iccsafe.org or their distribution center at: 11711 W 85th St. Lenexa, Kansas 66214 [F] (913) 888-4526 or 1-866-891-1695.

It’s important to remember that most installations require both State and City permits. A few installations require only a city permit. State permits are issued by the Fire Prevention Division, Omaha Fire Department. City permits are issued by the Permits and Inspections Division, Omaha Planning Department. A “Flammable/Combustible Liquids Storage District” must be established on any property having an above-ground tank (external to a building) containing a Class I flammable liquid with a capacity of sixty gallons or larger or an above-ground tank containing a Class II combustible liquid with a capacity of six hundred gallons or larger.

District permit applications are first submitted to the Fire Prevention Bureau for approval. The application is then forwarded to the Permits & Inspections Division for approval and preparation of the ordinance for City Council adoption. Although there are no fees for establishing a Flammable/Combustible Liquids Storage District, the approval process takes approximately ten weeks. You must plan ahead and start this process early in order to avoid delays.

Both the Fire Prevention Bureau and the Permits & Inspections Division must inspect and approve all tanks prior to placing the tank in service. Additionally, owners of storage tanks must obtain and maintain a flammable liquids storage permit from the Fire Prevention Division. The Fire Prevention Division and the Permits & Inspection Division must both be notified of any change to the status of any tank(s).

Obtaining permits prior to installation, is required for all installations and will avoid unnecessary delays to your project. 


Contact Information

Omaha Fire Department, Fire Prevention Bureau: 402-660-0846

Omaha Planning Department, Permits & Inspections Division: 402-444-5383


Forms and Applications

Tank Information - Flammable Liquid Storage

State of Nebraska Certified Closure Contractors

State of Nebraska Certified Installation Contractors

Application for Permit to Install Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tanks

Application for Permit to Install Underground Storage Tanks for Petroleum Products or Hazardous Substances

Application for Permit to Permanently Close Underground Storage Tanks

Request for Aboveground Flammable Liquid Storage District

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