Town of Clarence, NY
Erie County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Clarence 6-14-1995. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction and fire prevention — See Ch. 67.
This chapter shall be known as the "Retail Twenty-Pound Propane Tank Standards of the Town of Clarence."
The purpose of this chapter is to regulate the storage and handling of twenty-pound portable propane cylinders held for resale or exchange at retail consumer sites in order to properly protect life and property in the Town of Clarence.
A permit must be obtained from the Town of Clarence Building Department prior to installation of a storage facility.
A. 
Storage of twenty-pound portable propane cylinders by retail outlets shall be made in conformance with the requirements of the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code, current edition; and NEPA - 58 Chapter 5, except where the provisions of this chapter or other local law or ordinance shall differently prescribe; in which event, compliance with these provisions of such local law or ordinance shall be considered compliance with this chapter.
B. 
Retailers holding portable twenty-pound propane cylinders for resale or exchange are required to install an outdoor storage facility for all full and empty cylinders and must adhere to all standards set forth.
A. 
To protect propane gas cylinders from vehicular damage, the retailer is required to install four-inch steel guard posts (concrete filled) four (4) feet above and four (4) feet below grade, placed four (4) feet on center with a guard rail to all sides that are exposed to vehicular traffic.
B. 
The twenty-pound propane gas cylinder storage facility (hereforth referred to as "cage") must be made of metal with a solid top and solid sides extending three (3) inches down from the top, at least one-eighth-inch thickness painted white to avoid excessive heat buildup from sunlight. The frame is to be at least a one-fourth-inch by two-inch angle covered with industrial heavy duty expanded metal with opening not over one (1) inch, or any other type of metal approved by the Town Engineer.
C. 
The storage cage must be properly vented to avoid gas buildup.
D. 
The storage cage shall be constructed a minimum of ten (10) feet from any combustible building, outbuilding or gas pumps.
E. 
The storage cage shall be constructed above the grade of the land.
F. 
The storage cage shall be located on a concrete surface free of grass and shrubs.
G. 
Signage of the cage shall contain the following:
(1) 
"Danger," with black letters and red background.
(2) 
"No Open Flames" and "No Smoking" with black letters on white background.
(3) 
Proper signage for fire, explosion, health, spill and leak hazards.
H. 
Each retail location shall be equipped with at least one (1) approved portable fire extinguisher having a minimum capacity of twenty (20) pounds dry chemical with B:C rating. The extinguisher shall be displayed in an easily accessible manner located no farther than twenty-five (25) feet and no closer than six (6) feet from the storage cage.
I. 
No storage cage shall have the storage capacity of more than fifty (50) twenty-pound propane cylinders whether full or empty. No retail outlet shall contain more than one (1) storage cage.
J. 
There will be no cylinders, full or empty, stored or temporarily located anywhere on the premises except inside a locked storage cage.
K. 
The roof of the cage shall be unobstructed at all times. Cylinders, signs and other objects may not be placed on the cage roof.
L. 
The storage cage shall not be placed above an underground gasoline storage tank and must be located at least twenty-five (25) feet from an in-ground gas storage tank vent and/or an aboveground gas storage tank.
M. 
There will be no on-site cylinder filling authorized with this permit.
N. 
All cylinders received by the retail outlet for resale will be either new or reconditioned, including painted white, and requalified to all New York State and federal regulations.
O. 
All propane gas contained within cylinders brought to a retail site shall be odorized.
P. 
The completed storage cage and installation thereof shall be inspected by Town of Clarence Building Department and a certificate of compliance issued prior to use, and is subject to a yearly inspection.