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Underground Storage Tank Certification, Closures and Removals

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Apply for or Renew Underground Storage Tank Certification

IDHS administers certifications for those who install, upgrade and decommission underground storage tanks (USTs). Use the information below to apply for or renew a certification. For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions section.

Required Information
  • Information about the person applying for the UST certification
  • Information about UST certification
  • Supporting documentation, including scanned copies
  • Credit card or bank account information to pay for the fee

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Coming Soon: New Customer Service Platform

Code Enforcement operations will be transitioned to a new Salesforce-based customer service platform: IDHS Services Gateway. ...

At a Glance
  • Phase 1 will involve all Code Enforcement operations currently conducted in PSP.
  • Phase 1 will launch in 2022.
  • All previous Access Indiana credentials remain valid.
  • Code Enforcement business in the DFBS system is not impacted.

Business conducted within the Public Safety Portal (PSP) related to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security's (IDHS) Code Enforcement operations will be transitioned to a new Salesforce-based technology platform: IDHS Services Gateway. Once this transition is complete, any Code Enforcement customer activities that are currently performed in PSP will be discontinued, and customers will be required to use their Access Indiana accounts to perform those activities in IDHS Services Gateway. While planning is underway to eventually transfer all transactional business with IDHS to the Salesforce platform, the first phase of this project deals specifically with only the Code Enforcement operations now taking place in PSP, including but not limited to: amusement and entertainment permits, fireworks permits, and building inspections and violations.
Note: Any Code Enforcement operations or customer activity currently conducted in the DFBS system will continue unchanged for now.

The IDHS Services Gateway will provide IDHS with an array of exciting new tools to deliver the quality service and system dependability that represent the core mission of IDHS. We look forward to providing Hoosiers with an intuitive, user-friendly experience and offering solid engagement with IDHS and its staff through this new platform.

Thank you for your patience during this transition.

At a Glance
  • Phase 1 will involve all Code Enforcement operations currently conducted in PSP.
  • Phase 1 will launch in 2022.
  • All previous Access Indiana credentials remain valid.
  • Code Enforcement business in the DFBS system is not impacted.

In-Place Tank Closures

Per Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) rules, IDHS must provide an approval for in-place UST closures. In order to approve an in-place UST, the following must be provided in writing to codequestions@dhs.in.gov:

  • Detailed project information including site map, date of closure and other relevant plans pertaining to the in-place closure
  • Email address and phone number of the person to send approval to

The turnaround time for an approval letter is three business days. Unless requested by IDEM, IDHS does not expedite in-place closure approval requests.

Note: IDHS does not conduct site inspections for UST closures or removals.

Tank Removals

IDHS requires notification for underground storage tank removals. Please send the closure notification to codequestions@dhs.in.gov. For questions, call 317-232-1407.

Frequently Asked Questions

Some answers are restatements of state statute; please see Certification of Underground Storage Tank Workers in the Indiana Code for reference.

  • Where do UST certifications come from?

    The certifications for USTs are mainly done through the International Code Council (ICC).

  • What other states does Indiana have reciprocity with?

    Indiana accepts reciprocity from the following states (and district): Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Reciprocity is approved by the State Fire Marshal based on documentation from the Indiana Administrative Code.

  • Who is required to obtain UST certification?

    IC 13-23-3 Sec. 1. (a) A person who supervises, manages, or directs the installation, retrofitting, testing, cathodic protection, or decommissioning of underground storage tanks shall submit evidence to the division that the person has successfully completed applicable examinations administered by either of the following:

    (1) The International Fire Code Institute;
    (2) Another independent testing agency whose examinations have been approved by the state fire marshal as being substantially similar.

    (b) Renewal procedures pertaining to the certification examinations shall be as set forth in IC 13-23-3-4(a). A certificate expires two (2) years from the date a person successfully completes the examination referenced in subsection (a).

    (c) Passing scores and retest requirements for the certification examinations shall be as set forth in Section 3.1 of this rule.

    (d) Examination subjects are those as set forth in section 2 of this rule.

  • Who issues the certificates, and what goes into the process?

    IC 13-23-3 Sec. 4. (a) Unless grounds exist to deny a certificate under IC 13-23-3-3(b), the state fire marshal shall issue a certificate to a person who does the following:

    (1) Passes one (1) or more of the certification examination subjects under section 2 of this rule.
    (2) Pays a certificate issuance fee of twenty-five dollars ($25) payable to the fire and building services fund.

    (b) A person who had a certificate revoked under IC 13-23-3-3(b) may obtain a certificate from the state fire marshal only if the person files a performance bond in an amount prescribed in section 6 of this rule.

    (c) A certificate: (1) shall identify which certification examination subjects were passed; and (2) is valid only for work within the scope of those subjects.

  • How long does UST certification last for?

    IC 13-23-3 Sec. 4. (d) A certificate issued under subsection (a) expires two (2) years from the date the person successfully completes the examination to qualify to obtain a certificate.

  • Who receives UST certification?

    IC 13-23-3 Sec. 4. (e) Upon payment of the required fee, as specified in subsection (a), any person who is certified or licensed to supervise, manage, or direct underground storage tank installation, retrofitting, testing, cathodic protection, or decommissioning in another state shall, without examination, be granted a certificate, provided the following:

    (1) The person submits an application for reciprocity.
    (2) No such person shall be granted a certificate in a category the person is not certified for in another state.
    (3) The requirements for licensing in the other state are substantially similar to the requirements in force in Indiana.

    (f) The department shall submit to the state fire marshal documented evidence that the certification or licensing is substantially similar to Indiana's underground storage tank certification examination. The state fire marshal shall grant or deny the certification. Application forms for reciprocity shall be provided by the division.