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Liquefied Petroleum Gases Bulk Storage Regulations (C.R.C., c. 1152)

Regulations are current to 2020-10-05 and last amended on 2015-06-18. Previous Versions

Liquefied Petroleum Gases Bulk Storage Regulations

C.R.C., c. 1152


Regulations Respecting the Design, Location, Construction, Operation and Maintenance of Stationary Bulk Storage Facilities for Liquefied Petroleum Gases

Short Title

 These Regulations may be cited as the Liquefied Petroleum Gases Bulk Storage Regulations.


 In these Regulations,

design pressure

design pressure is synonymous with the term maximum allowable working pressure as used in the A.S.M.E. Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code for Unfired Pressure Vessels; (pression nominale)

filling density

filling density means the percentage figure obtained when the maximum weight of liquefied petroleum gas that may be in the container is divided by the water weight capacity of the tank and the result is multiplied by 100; all capacities shall be measured at a liquid temperature of 60°F; (densité de remplissage)

liquefied petroleum gases

liquefied petroleum gases are gases derived from petroleum or natural gas; they are in the gaseous state at normal atmospheric temperature and pressure, but may be maintained in a liquid state by the application of moderate pressure; the following gases are those most commonly handled as liquefied petroleum gases: propane, normal butane, propylene, isobutane, butylenes; (gaz de pétrole liquéfiés)

main track

main track means a track extending through yards and between stations upon which trains are operated by timetable or train order, or both, or the use of which is governed by block signals or other method of control; (voie principale)

owning or operating company

owning or operating company means the person or company owning or operating the installation, erected with leave of the Commission granted upon application made therefor by the railway company concerned, on behalf of such person or company; (compagnie propriétaire or exploitante)

private track

private track means a track outside of carrier’s right-of-way, yard and terminals, and of which the carrier does not own either the rails, ties, roadbed or right-of-way; or a track or portion of a track which is devoted to the purpose of its user, either by lease or written agreement, in which case the lease or written agreement is considered as equivalent to ownership; (voie particulière)


shall is used to indicate mandatory provisions; (le futur)


should is used to indicate recommendatory [provisions]; (le conditionnel)

Switch heater facility

Switch heater facility means an installation comprising a liquefied petroleum gas heating appliance and attendant fuel storage and distribution systems, the purpose of which is to prevent the failure of a railway track switch due to snow or ice.

team track

team track means a track on railway property which is used for loading and unloading purposes by more than one company or person. (voie de desserte industrielle)

  • SOR/79-201, s. 1


 These Regulations apply to the stationary bulk storage facilities for liquefied petroleum gases on the right-of-way owned or leased by any railway company subject to the jurisdiction of the Commission.

  •  (1) These Regulations apply to new installations and additions or changes to existing installations.

  • (2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), installations previously approved by an order of the Commission shall be operated in accordance with these Regulations and, if ordered by the Commission, shall also be made to conform to those parts of these Regulations pertaining to location, construction and design.

PART IStorage Installations

Application of Part

 This Part does not apply with respect to installations with a total storage capacity not exceeding 2,000 Imperial gallons of water measured at 60°F, if such installations otherwise comply with all other applicable requirements of these Regulations.

Application for Leave

 No person shall begin the construction of storage facilities for liquefied petroleum gases without leave of the Commission granted upon an application made therefor through the railway company concerned.

 The application shall be submitted to the Secretary of the Commission together with four copies of all drawings, including plans and profiles, which shall comply with the requirements of sections 8 to 13.

 The plan shall be drawn to a scale of not less than 50 feet to one inch and the profile to a scale of not less than 20 feet to one inch.

 All drawings shall be dated and bear an identification number and the name of the applicant.

 The plan shall show the distances between

  • (a) the loading or unloading rack or point and

    • (i) the gauge side of the nearest rail of the loading or unloading track,

    • (ii) schools, stations, residential areas, hospitals and other similar places of public assembly within 250 feet of the said loading or unloading rack or point,

    • (iii) all engine houses, railway shops, grain elevators and other similar buildings within 150 feet of the said loading or unloading rack or point;

  • (b) the centre line of the loading or unloading track and

    • (i) the gauge side of the nearest rail of main track, and

    • (ii) the gauge side of the nearest rail of the nearest adjacent track not serving the installation;

  • (c) the storage tanks and

    • (i) other storage tanks, pumphouses, warehouses, loading and unloading racks, and other structures on the site,

    • (ii) the line of adjoining property,

    • (iii) the gauge side of the nearest rail of the closest track,

    • (iv) the gauge side of the nearest rail of the main track,

    • (v) stations, schools, residential areas, hospitals or other similar places of public assembly within 450 feet of the said storage tanks, and

    • (vi) all engine houses, railway shops, grain elevators or other similar buildings within 250 feet of the said storage tanks.

  •  (1) The profile shall show the elevation of the installation in relation to the loading and unloading track and any main track within 200 feet of the nearest tank on the said installation.

  • (2) A second profile is required where it is necessary

    • (a) to show the direction of drainage from the site; or

    • (b) to give a clear picture of major features of the installation.

 The drawing shall show the location of the railway right-of-way, property fences, dykes, pipelines under roadways or railways, sewers, ditches, watercourses, highways and other similar structures that are on the installation site.

 The notes or legend on the drawing shall include the following information:

  • (a) evidence that the Provincial Fire Marshal or other authority having jurisdiction in the surrounding area has no objection to the proposed installation. This evidence may take the form of a plan signature by the authority concerned, or of a letter addressed to the owning or operating company by such authority;

  • (b) a statement that the storage tank and vapourizer design shall be approved by the Pressure Vessel Inspection Branch of the provincial government concerned prior to fabrication of the tanks;

  • (c) size, contents and water capacity in Imperial gallons of all storage tanks;

  • (d) type and construction of pumphouse, warehouse, compressor house, bottling house, vapourizer house and any other building on the site;

  • (e) type of motive power to be used for pumps or compressors;

  • (f) the type of heating to be used for vapourizer; and

  • (g) whether the track or tracks serving the installation are team tracks or private tracks.

 Where the Commission has, pursuant to section 6, granted leave for the construction of a storage facility for liquefied petroleum gases, a copy of each of the drawings referred to in section 7 shall be kept by the railway company for the life of the storage facility and retained for at least two years thereafter.

  • SOR/85-471, s. 1

PART IIDistances

  •  (1) The distances prescribed in this section shall be measured from the gauge side of the nearest rail of the nearest adjacent track not serving the installation or the main track, as the case may be, to the centre line of the unloading or loading track.

  • (2) Loading or unloading tracks, at the loading or unloading site, shall be at least 50 feet from the main track.

  • (3) Loading or unloading tracks shall be not less than 20 feet from the nearest adjacent track not serving the installation. If the nearest adjacent track is a main track, the distance shall be 50 feet.

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