An operational permit is required for fuel dispensing operations, which present multiple hazards that an annual inspection helps to prevent or alleviate. Vehicle accidents involving fuel dispensing operations are frequent; pumps are hit by vehicles; hoses are pulled from pumps by vehicles driving off; tanks are overfilled, spilling flammable and combustible fuels onto the site; and fires are caused by smoking, sparks, and static electricity arcs. Annual inspections help to assure that hoses and pumps are in proper condition; that proper protective structures are in place to prevent vehicles from hitting pumps; that warning signs are in place; and that required fire protection devices, such as fire extinguishers, are in place and are maintained in proper working condition. The annual inspection and permitting also helps to assure that none of the fuel storage tanks are deteriorating and leaking fuel into the ground.
To meet the annual requirements, an Application for Registered Operation must be completely filled out, and submitted to the Bexar County Fire Marshal’s Office along with the fee listed on the application. Once the Fire Inspector has completed your inspection and all violations, if any, have been corrected, you will be given a sticker with an individual number that is assigned to your facility, and the year that the sticker was awarded will be punched.