Tank removal or abandonment in place
A building permit issued by the UVA Building Official is required for all tank closures. Removal of a tank from the ground is the preferred means of closure. Soil samples and notifications to DEQ are required for the removal or abandonment of all underground regulated tanks and associated piping. Unregulated tanks only require soil sampling and DEQ notification in the event there is evidence of a release. Where it is deemed impractical by the UVA Code Official and Facilities Management to remove a tank, a tank can be abandoned in place. For information on reasons why a tank can be abandoned in place and steps that are required to be taken to abandon a tank in place are provided in the Abandonment In Place guidance document. All contents must be removed from the tanks and the lines prior to removal or abandonment.