Fire Prevention – Hazardous Materials Underground Tanks

The Milpitas Fire Department regulates the underground storage of hazardous material within the City. The requirements for the safe storage of hazardous material in underground tanks are specified in the California Underground Storage Tank Regulations and Articles 52, 79 and 80 of the California and Milpitas Fire Codes.

Due to leaking underground tanks in the adjoining City of San Jose during the early 1980s, the City of Milpitas in cooperation with the County of Santa Clara, the Santa Clara County Fire Chiefs’ Association, representatives from the business community, environmental groups and other environmental regulatory agencies developed the Hazardous Materials Storage Ordinance.

In 1983, the City of Milpitas adopted its own Hazardous Materials Storage Ordinance for regulating hazardous materials in both aboveground and underground applications. Modeled after the Model Hazardous Materials Storage Ordinance developed in Santa Clara County. In 1983, the State created the State Underground Storage Tank Regulations in 1984.

The Hazardous Materials and Environmental Services Unit administers the underground storage tank program within the City.

  • Reference State Underground Storage Tank Regulations