Petroleum storage


To run a business where petrol is stored for dispensing directly into the fuel tank of an internal combustion engine or where large amounts of petrol are stored for private use – you must obtain a Petroleum Storage Certificate from your Petroleum Enforcement Authority (PEA).

The Petroleum Enforcement Authority for businesses in Warwickshire is Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service.

The Keeper of the fuel must pay an annual fee which is calculated according to the maximum litreage of petrol stored at the site. The Keeper can choose to pay for up to ten years in advance.

It is in the public interest that we process your application before approval can be granted. This means that you do not have the legal right (known as ‘tacit consent’) to assume that your certificate is granted just because you have not heard from us. The processing and granting of your approval may take a considerable time, depending on the size and nature of your business, and areas to be addressed. We aim to acknowledge receipt of applications within five working days and will inform you of progress at regular intervals.

Please contact us using the contact details shown if you have not heard from us within seven days of your application being submitted.

Please Note: Following receipt of completed request form and payment your request may take up to 10 working days


The owner of a site can request from Warwickshire Trading Standards a record search for any information regarding decommissioned tanks on the site please phone 01926 414040.

If you are a consumer, or a business requiring general advice, please phone 03454 040506.

Office Hours – Monday to Thursday 9.00am to 5.30pm and Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm.

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Tell us about a change to your existing petrol storage licence

To tell us about a change to your existing petrol storage licence please contact us.

Trading Standards Service
Warwickshire County Council
Old Budbrooke Road
CV35 7DP
01926 414040

Failed application redress

Please contact us in the first instance using the address above. If an application is refused you may appeal to the Secretary of State.

Consumer complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you – preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Adviceguide will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre. Trade associations Petrol Retailers Association (PRA)