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Storage Tank Compliance

The Storage Tank Compliance Section is part of the Permitting and Compliance Assistance Program in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Waste Management. In 1983, Florida was one of the first states in the union to pass legislation and adopt rules for underground and aboveground storage tank systems (USTs and ASTs). There are over 22,000 storage tank facilities across the state of Florida, and in 2017 the Storage Tank Compliance Section conducted more than 13,000 inspections. Florida relies on groundwater for about 92 percent of its drinking water needs and has some of the most stringent rules in the country.

Storage Tank Systems Outreach

New Emergency Generator Storage Tank Owner Guidance

Storage Tank Guidance for Motor Fuel Suppliers

Regulated storage tank systems, such as those containing motor fuel, are required to be registered with DEP. The department routinely discovers such systems, especially aboveground systems, that are in-service and not registered. The department is undertaking an outreach initiative to provide basic information to motor fuel suppliers to ensure all regulated systems are properly registered. For more information, please view the guidance with contact information specific to your district:

Storage Tank Inspection Videos

Preparing for an Underground Storage Tank (UST) System Facility Inspection

Alternate Language Versions

Preparing for an Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) System Facility Inspection

Other Helpful Videos

Quick Links to Storage Tank Compliance Webpages

FIRST - Florida Inspection Reporting Storage Tanks

Placard Recipient Information

Operator Training for Underground Storage Tanks

Storage Tank Facility Registration

Electronic Self-Service Application Portal (ESSA)

  • With the Online Services Business Portal (ESSA) you can
    • Pay Invoices
    • Print Placards
    • Update Facility Information
    • Register New Facilities
  • To register or pay, enter the ESSA Portal. Registration must be completed before access to online services business portal is granted.
  • To report Pay Online by Credit Card webpage problems, contact the DEP Helpdesk at 850-245-7555 or email
  • If you have questions or require assistance, please contact Tanks Registration at 850-245-8839.

Accessing the Registration Placard through the ESSA Portal

  • You Will Not Be Mailed a Registration Placard
    • Please allow two weeks after mailed payment for processing, then access the ESSA Portal.

    • Once in the ESSA Portal, follow the Register/Sign-In, “Path B” instructions to generate the required Registration Placard.

Areas of Interest

Storage Tank Compliance Contact Information

Last Modified:
March 14, 2018 - 11:47am

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