Tell us whether you accept cookies

We use necessary cookies to make our website work. We also use cookies to collect information about how you use HSE.gov.uk so we can improve our services.

Beta This is a new way of showing guidance - your feedback will help us improve it.

Separation distances

Maximum LPG capacity Minimum separation distances
Of any single vessel in a group Of all vessels in a group
LPG capacity
(Tonnes)
Typical water capacity
(Litres)
LPG capacity
(Tonnes)
From buildings, boundary, property line or fixed source of ignition - without fire wall From buildings, boundary, property line or fixed source of ignition - with fire wall Between vessels
Metres Metres Metres
0.05 to 0.25 150 to 500 0.8 2.5 0.3 1
> 0.25 to 1.1 > 500 to 2,500 3.5 3 1.5 1
> 1.1 to 4 > 2,500 to 9,000 12.5 7.5 4 1

For further guidance on location and spacing for vessels and requirements concerning fire wall provision reference should be made to LP Gas Association - COP 1 part 1 and with respect to buried or mounded vessels LP Gas Association COP 1 part 4.

2019-03-19