[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Williston Park 5-17-1976 by L.L. No. 1-1976 (Ch. 67 of the 1975 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to erect, replace or maintain any tank, container or building of any kind or description for the storage of gasoline, petroleum, shale oil or the liquid products thereof or coal tar or other inflammable liquids, whether for private consumption or for sale to the public, without first obtaining a permit from the Village Clerk as hereinafter provided.
A permit shall be issued by the Village Clerk only when approved by the Village Board after a public hearing and an application for such permit has been presented to said Board.
A written application by the owner of the fee or a contract purchaser with written consent of the owner shall be presented to the Village Board setting forth the following details:
Number of tanks.
Type of each tank.
Size of each tank.
Capacity of each tank.
Construction of each tank.
Materials to be used for foundation or base.
What is to be stored in each tank.
Location of loading rack.
Construction of layout, including valves for feed and discharge lines.
Construction and location of pumps.
Map showing the size and location of the property, the ownership and the use of adjoining property, with the location of any building thereon, the size and location of tanks, the layout of pipes and the topographical contour of the land.
The Village Board shall fix a date for a public hearing on the above application, and the Village Clerk shall have a notice of such hearing, setting forth the date, time and place thereof and the description of the property covered by the application, published in the official village newspaper at least 10 days before and not more than 20 days prior to the date of the public hearing. In addition to the notice published by the Village Clerk, the applicant shall serve notice of public hearing on said application on all owners of real property as appear from the latest completed assessment rolls of the village within 200 feet either personally or by registered mail. Said notices shall be served within 10 days of the date of public hearing as determined by the Village Board, and the applicant shall at least five days prior to the date of the hearing file with the Village Board proof of service of such notices.
The Village Board may take testimony, affidavits or other evidence pertaining to matters set forth in the application and in addition thereto, but not limited to, fire hazards, traffic, effect on the value of adjacent properties and proximity of residences, schools, churches or other businesses storing inflammable liquids or materials. The Board, in making its determination, may pass on any of the foregoing matters and upon any information known to the members and may impose any reasonable conditions upon the issuance of the permit.
An application under this chapter shall be accompanied by a filing fee and a permit fee as provided in Chapter 93, Fees.
All plans and specifications in connection with the proposed tank or tanks shall be subject to the approval of the Building Inspector.
No tank shall be erected to contain more than 10,000 gallons.
The minimum distance of any part of any tank from a neighboring building or lot line shall be not less than five feet, and the minimum distance of any part of any tank from another tank of the group shall be not less than one foot.
The design and construction of tanks shall conform generally to accepted good practice. Tanks approved by Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc., and tanks conforming to the standards of the National Board of Fire Underwriters or of the American Petroleum Institute shall be deemed to conform to generally accepted good practice.
Underground tanks shall be set on a firm foundation and surrounded with soft earth or sand tamped in place. Tanks shall be covered with a minimum of two feet of earth.
No tank shall, after the construction thereof, be put into use until an inspection shall have been made by the Building Department and the conditions of such construction found satisfactory.
Any permit issued pursuant to this chapter is issued with the understanding that construction shall start within 90 days of the date of the permit and shall be completed within 12 months of the date of the permit, excepting that where a permit is issued in connection with the construction of a building or buildings such permit shall remain in full force and effect during the period when such building permit is valid pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 97, Fire Prevention and Building Construction, of this Code. Any permit so issued shall be subject to revocation unless this provision is complied with.
Renewals. There shall be no renewals of permits or extension of the time as limited by the provisions of this section.
No permit shall be issued for a bulk storage plant or for any building or enclosure:
Which is occupied as a tenement house, hotel or lodging house.
Where paints, varnishes or lacquers are manufactured or kept for sale.
Where dry goods or other highly inflammable materials are manufactured or kept for sale.
Where rosin, turpentine, hemp or cotton or any explosives are stored or kept for sale.
Which is situated within 200 feet of the nearest wall of a building occupied as a school, hospital, church, public library, theater or other place of public amusement or assembly.
Where the storage tanks are above ground.
All underground tanks shall comply with the following regulations:
All underground tanks shall be buried so that the tops thereof shall be at least two feet below the ground level and at least two feet below the level of the lowest cellar floor of any building within a radius of 20 feet from the tank. The minimum distance between the foundation walls of any building or structure and the underground tank shall not be less than 10 feet.
No tank shall be located under a sidewalk or beyond the building line.
All tanks shall be coated on the outside with tar or other rust-resisting materials.
Each tank shall be provided with a filling pipe, a drawing-off pipe and a vent pipe. All pipes shall be galvanized wrought iron with malleable iron fittings.
The filling pipe shall be at least two inches in diameter and shall be laid at a descending grade from the sidewalk in front of the building to the tank. The intake of the filling pipe shall be located in a heavy metal box which shall be sunk flush with the sidewalk at the curb level or at some other location for the filling of the tank from a barrel wagon and fitted with a heavy metal cover and shall be kept locked when not in use.
The filling pipe shall be provided with a screen made of two thicknesses of twenty-mesh brass wire gauge placed immediately below the filling cock or valve.
[Amended 10-1-1984 by L.L. No. 6-1984]
Nothing herein contained shall apply to the keeping or storage of inflammable liquids in five-gallon tin cans.
Nothing herein contained shall be construed to apply to the installation of a tank or tanks for the storage of fuel oil to be used for the heating of premises upon or in which said installation is made or to be in conflict with Chapter 146, Oil Burners, of this Code, providing for the issuance of permits in connection with the installation of oil-burning equipment and the construction of storage tanks.