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#1 nickam

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Posted 23 July 2010 - 10:52 AM

Is there a minimum distance from a house etc to place a central heating oil tank?
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Posted 23 July 2010 - 11:45 AM

I am just back from a holiday home in south west scotland that had the tank (about 900mm/sq and 2m high) about 10cm from the back wall...

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Posted 23 July 2010 - 12:56 PM

Yes, that's why I asked as I have a possible job to do on a house which has a tank situated about the same. I wanted to know if I am likely to get a problem with it being so close to the house when the BCO comes round.
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Posted 23 July 2010 - 03:12 PM

If I remember correctly the outside wall of a new house meets the fire regs required for a seperating wall. However there can be an issue with the distance from the eaves, vents or windows to the tank. I'll have a look and see what I can find.

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Posted 23 July 2010 - 03:22 PM

Looks like I was correct. See page 54 Table 9..

http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/uploads/br/BR_PDF_ADJ_2002.pdf

It can be close to a building (or even in it) provided the walls are 30 min fire rated and there are no holes (windows, flues, eaves etc) within 1.8 meters. Otherwise you have to build 30min fire rated walls around the tank.

There is a summary here...

http://www.lincs-oil-tanks.co.uk/tank-locationl.html

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Posted 23 July 2010 - 04:04 PM

Thanks for that Temp. I remember a couple of years ago staying in a house in France and going into the cellar I noticed the oil tank in there. It gave me a bit of a feeling of discontent sleeping above it.
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Posted 26 July 2010 - 11:18 AM

also consider access to the tank. The filling lorry has to be able to get within 20m of the tank if i remember correctly.

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 11:23 AM

Thanks Andy, but the tank has been there and in use for some time so I assume there is no problem with delivery.
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