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Gasoline Dispensing Facilities (Stage I Gasoline Vapor Recovery)

Stage I Gasoline Vapor Recovery Overview

Gasoline dispensing facilities receive gasoline products in underground storage tanks (UST's) from vapor tight truck tanks. Pipes and valves interconnecting the UST's and truck tank create a "closed loop" (i.e. Stage I gasoline vapor recovery system). The Stage I gasoline vapor recovery system collects 96% of the vapors that would have otherwise been emitted to the atmosphere to form ground level ozone (which negatively impacts air quality), and returns them to the bulk gasoline terminal for processing.

   Submit your Annual Gasoline Dispensing Report ONLINE

Comply with Your Air Quality Permit

Permitted gasoline dispensing facilities must maintain their Stage I gasoline vapor recovery system. The following materials will help you ensure compliance.

Permit Issuance - New Gasoline Dispensing Facilities

A gasoline dispensing facility projecting to dispense more than 50,000 gallons of gasoline during a calendar year is required to obtain an air quality permit from Mecklenburg County Air Quality prior to beginning construction. The facility must submit the following:

  • Completed S-1 (PDF)(Word) and S-2 (PDF)(Word) application forms
  • Zoning Verification Letter (PDF)
  • $200.00 application processing fee (per facility)

Upon Startup, the facility must submit the following:

  • Operation and Compliance Status Form acknowledging construction was completed per the submitted application, issued Permit and the facility is compliant with the applicable air quality regulations 

Permit Transfer - Ownership/Legal Name Change at an Existing, Permitted Gasoline Dispensing Facility

An existing, permitted gasoline dispensing facility being sold to a new owner or operating under a new, legal name is required to obtain an air quality permit from MCAQ as soon as possible after the sale or name change is completed. The facility must submit the following:

  • Completed S-3 (PDF)(Word) application forms
  • $100.00 application processing fee (per facility)

Annual Invoice Payment Options

  • Pay Online: Pay Now
  • Submit check to Mecklenburg County Air Quality via US Postal Mail:
    MCAQ, 700 N. Tryon Street, Suite 205, Charlotte, NC 28202

Annual Facility Gasoline Throughput

Federal Rule 40 CFR 63 Subpart CCCCCC - National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Gasoline Dispensing Facilities

More Information

Mecklenburg County Air Quality
700 N. Tryon Street • Charlotte, NC 28202 • (704)336-5430 • Fax (704)336-4391

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