Certification to Perform Services on Unregulated Underground Heating Oil Tank Systems

This article is to alert code officials that, on November 3, 2008, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) adopted rules that require a contractor who provides services on unregulated underground heating oil tank systems to pass a proficiency test in each area for which certification is being sought. Any contractor who provides services on any unregulated underground heating oil tank systems and applies for a permit from a municipality to perform this work will be required to provide proof of certification.

The Underground Storage of Hazardous Substances Act, N.J.S.A. 58:10B-21, has been amended to require all contractors performing work on unregulated tanks to be certified. In accordance with N.J.A.C. 7:14B-16.1, NJDEP has given notification in the New Jersey Register and on NJDEP’s website that NJDEP has established a testing program for obtaining certification under this subchapter for individuals or business firms providing services for unregulated underground heating oil tanks.

On January 15, 2010, NJDEP will begin enforcing the provisions of N.J.A.C.7:14B-16, which will require all individuals and firms performing work on unregulated tanks to hold a certification. At the time a permit is applied for from the local municipality, a proof of certification would be required for all work performed on unregulated underground heating oil tanks as defined in N.J.A.C. 7:14B-1.6. An individual or business firm certified in one or more classifications of regulated underground storage tank system services in accordance with N.J.A.C. 7:14B-13 is also certified for those same classifications for unregulated underground storage tank system services.

The certification is not - and will not be - required for an aboveground heating oil tank system.

Further information about the Unregulated Heating Oil Tank program can be found at http://www.nj.gov/dep/srp/srp/unregulatedtanks/.


Gary Sanderson
Program Coordinator
(609) 633-0544

Thomas C. Pitcherello
Code Assistance Unit
(609) 984-7609.

Construction Code Communicator,Volume 21, Number 2, Fall 2009 (PDF)