Gasoline Vapor Recovery
What is Vapor Recovery?
Vapor recovery is the process of capturing the saturated gasoline vapors that would otherwise escape into the environment and pollute the air. There are two types of vapor recovery systems, Stage I and Stage II (sometimes referred to as Phase I and Phase II). The Weights and Measures Services Division (WMSD) oversees a vapor recovery program that mandates Stage I vapor recovery systems to be continuously operated and inspected annually at fuel dispensing sites located in certain geographic areas of Arizona. Stage I vapor recovery systems are designed to collect gasoline vapors that are displaced from the underground or above-ground gasoline storage tank when a fuel tanker truck makes a delivery. Stage II vapor recovery systems differ from Stage I by collecting gasoline vapors displaced from the vehicle fuel tank when a customer dispenses fuel from a gas pump. Stage II vapor recovery systems were once required in Area A (Phoenix Metro), but have since been decommissioned and are now prohibited from use. To learn more about the Stage II decommissioning program click here.
Are You Impacted?
Yes, if you operate a gasoline dispensing site located within Area A (Phoenix Metro) or Area B (Tucson Metro) with a gasoline throughput of least 10,000 gallons during any one month of a calendar year (vapor recovery requirements do not apply to gas stations owned and operated by tribal members on Native American reservations). If you have a gasoline throughput of less than 10,000 gallons per month, you must file a monthly Throughput Report by March 30 of each year for the previous calendar year (A.A.C. R3-7-1002(B)). You may submit your throughput report online.
Initial Installation or Major Modification of Vapor Recovery Systems
A person shall not begin to construct a site in Area A (Phoenix Metro) or Area B (Tucson Metro) requiring a vapor recovery system, or make a major modification to an existing vapor recovery system or component, before obtaining approval of an Authority to Construct (ATC) permit. The construction plan must be submitted to the Division for review and along with a $250 application fee. You may apply for an ATC permit online using the location's BMF (license) number. If the location does not have a BMF number, please contact WMSD licensing at 602-542-3578 or [email protected].
Once the plan is approved and an ATC permit is issued, inspection of the site is required:
- Prior to burial of vapor recovery vent lines and components (pre-burial inspection);
- within 90 days of the date when the site starts gasoline sales (initial inspection, a.k.a. "vapor new");
- and annually thereafter (annual inspection, Area A only).
Inspections must be scheduled with WMSD, and may be scheduled online by a vapor recovery Registered Service Agency (RSA). Please note that "vapor new" inspections will not be scheduled unless the location has a signed ATC Completion Certificate (Addendum B of the ATC permit) on file with WMSD. There is no fee for any inspection.
ATC Permit Application
Apply for an Authority to Construct (ATC) permit online by clicking the button below.