Above Ground Petroleum Storage Act

The Los Angeles Fire Department is the Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) responsible for  the regulatory inspections of all tank facilities subject to Aboveground  Petroleum Storage Act (APSA) program in the City of Los Angeles.  The main purpose for the APSA inspection is to verify that tank facilities have prepared and implemented a Federal Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan.  The intent of the SPCC Plan is to provide preparedness for response to petroleum discharges by describing procedures, methods, and equipment  used to prevent such discharges.  

APSA is one of the six elements of the CUPA program  and it applies to owners and operators with a total storage capacity of 1,320 gallons or greater and  55-gallons or more of petroleum  in Tanks In Underground Area (TIUGA) at a facility.

In APSA, the term “petroleum” means crude oil, or a fraction thereof, that is liquid at 60 degrees Fahrenheit temperature and 14.7 pounds per square inch absolute pressure. Please refer to the state law for additional information.


If you are a Tank Facility and not exempt, then you must do the following:

  • Prepare and implement a Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plan

  • Submit your HMBP information in CERS (California Environmental Reporting System) and obtain an annual CUPA permit.

APSA Information




  -Obtain a Permit -Online Payment Portal -Instructional Videos
  -Hazardous Waste -Report a Release -Public Records
  -Underground Storage Tanks (UST) -Hazardous Materials -CALARP
  -Above Ground Storage Tank (APSA) -CUPA Main Page -FAQ'S



Email: lafdcupa@lacity.org

  200 N Main St,
  Los Angeles, CA 90012