2021 NFPA 30A Code - Current Edition
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  • Description

    Help improve storing and dispensing motor vehicle fuel safety by complying with the latest requirements of NFPA 30A.

    There are fire and explosion hazards inherent to working with and around flammable and combustible liquids and gases. NFPA 30A, Code for Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages, helps mitigate dangers by providing safety criteria for dispensing liquid motor fuels into motor vehicle and marine craft fuel tanks. The code applies to fuel dispensing operations and motor vehicle repair facilities and covers gaseous fuels dispensed at the same location as liquid fuels. On-demand mobile fueling applications are also covered in this code.

    The new NFPA 30A features extensive revisions reflecting the most current industry developments and technology.

    It's crucial to stay up to date with cutting-edge criteria for fuel storage and related equipment, including piping and dispensing systems.

    Major changes to the 2021 edition include:

    • Revised Chapters 7, 8, and 9 to include new requirements for repair garages and areas where CNG and LNG vehicles are serviced. (These new and revised requirements cover the areas of building construction, electrical area classification, repair area classification for CNG and LNG vehicles, flammable gas detection, and purge ventilation.)
    • New requirements for on-demand mobile fueling on public streets added to Chapter 14
    • Revised fire extinguisher requirements in Chapter 9 to align with NFPA 10, Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers, and to accommodate new provisions for alternate vehicle fuel protection

    Help make sure you are following the most relevant and complete requirements for safeguarding motor fuel dispensing operations.

    NFPA 30A, Code for Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages, is an essential publication for facility owners and operators, AHJs and inspectors, and architects and engineers involved in the design and construction of motor fuel-dispensing facilities. Order your copy of the new 2021 edition today.

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  • Table of Contents (2021 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 30A Code for Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages, 2021 Edition

    Chapter 1 Administration
    1.1 Scope.
    1.2 Purpose.
    1.3 Application. (Reserved)
    1.4 Retroactivity.
    1.5 Equivalency.
    1.6 Enforcement.
    1.7 Classification of Liquids.
    Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
    2.1 General.
    2.2 NFPA Publications.
    2.3 Other Publications.
    2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections.
    Chapter 3 Definitions
    3.1 General.
    3.2 NFPA Official Definitions.
    3.3 General Definitions.
    3.4 Definition and Classification of Liquids.
    Chapter 4 Storage of Liquids
    4.1 Scope.
    4.2 General Requirements.
    4.3 Storage of Liquids.
    Chapter 5 Piping for Liquids
    5.1 Scope.
    5.2 General Requirements for All Piping Systems.
    5.3 Installation of Piping Systems.
    5.4 Testing.
    5.5 Detector Maintenance.
    5.6 Vent Piping.
    5.7 Vapor Recovery Piping.
    Chapter 6 Fuel Dispensing Systems
    6.1 Scope.
    6.2 General Requirements.
    6.3 Requirements for Dispensing Devices.
    6.4 Requirements for Remote/Submersible Pumps.
    6.5 Requirements for Dispensing Hose.
    6.6 Requirements for Fuel Delivery Nozzles.
    6.7 Emergency Electrical Disconnects.
    6.8 Vapor Recovery Systems.
    Chapter 7 Building Construction Requirements
    7.1 Scope.
    7.2 General Requirements. (Reserved)
    7.3 Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities.
    7.4 Repair Garages.
    7.5 Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning.
    7.6 Heat-Producing Appliances.
    7.7 Dynamic Automotive Emissions Testing Equipment.
    7.8 Repair Garages and Repair Areas for CNG and LNG Vehicles.
    Chapter 8 Electrical Installations
    8.1 Scope.
    8.2 General Requirements.
    8.3 Installation in Classified Locations.
    8.4 Emergency Electrical Disconnects.
    8.5 Specific Requirements for Marine Fuel Facilities.
    Chapter 9 Operational Requirements
    9.1 Scope.
    9.2 Basic Requirements.
    9.3 Operating Requirements for Full-Service Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities.
    9.4 Operating Requirements for Attended Self-Service Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities.
    9.5 Operating Requirements for Unattended Self-Service Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities.
    9.6 Refueling from Tank Vehicles.
    9.7 Repair Areas.
    9.8 LNG Vehicle Fueling System Monitoring and Management.
    Chapter 10 Vapor Processing and Vapor Recovery Systems for Liquid Motor Fuels
    10.1 Vapor Processing Systems.
    10.2 Vapor Recovery Systems.
    Chapter 11 Marine Fueling
    11.1 Scope.
    11.2 Storage.
    11.3 Piping Systems.
    11.4 Fuel Dispensing System.
    11.5 Sources of Ignition.
    11.6 Bonding and Grounding.
    11.7 Fire Control.
    11.8 Containers and Movable Tanks.
    11.9 Cargo Tank Fueling Facilities.
    11.10 Operating Requirements.
    Chapter 12 Additional Requirements for CNG, LNG, Hydrogen, and LP-Gas
    12.1 Scope.
    12.2 General Requirements.
    12.3 Fuel Storage.
    12.4 Dispenser Installations Beneath Canopies.
    12.5 Specific Requirements for LP-Gas Dispensing Devices.
    12.6 Electrical Equipment.
    Chapter 13 Farms and Remote Sites
    13.1 Scope.
    13.2 Approved Storage.
    13.3 Marking of Tanks and Containers.
    13.4 Fire Prevention and Control.
    Chapter 14 On-Demand Mobile Fueling
    14.1 Scope.
    14.2 Approvals and Mobile Fueling Locations.
    14.3 Mobile Fueling Vehicles and Equipment.
    14.4 Operations.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Typical Flammable and Combustible Liquids Found at Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities
    Annex C Sample Ordinance Adopting NFPA 30A
    Annex D Informational References
  • 2018 Edition Description

    Fire safety at motor fuel dispensing operations and motor vehicle repair facilities depends on the critical requirements in NFPA 30A.

    Dispensing flammable motor fuels can present serious hazards. Reduce risks through compliance with the 2018 edition of NFPA 30A, Code for Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages, presenting the latest rules for fuel storage and piping, fuel dispensing systems, and operating procedures for retail fuel dispensing, marine fuel dispensing, and fleet vehicle fuel dispensing. NFPA 30A also covers gaseous motor vehicle fuels when dispensed at the same locations as liquid fuels.

    Major changes in this edition improve safety and expand the Code's scope:

    • A new Chapter 14 has been added to address the subject of on-demand mobile fueling.
    • Aboveground storage tanks installed within the scope of the Code must comply with all applicable provisions of Chapter 4.
    • A new provision mandates that a leak detection device must restrict or shut flow of fuel if a leak is detected, instead of simply providing an audible or visible indication of a leak.
    • When the emergency shutoff device is actuated, mechanical or electrical isolation of fluid handling systems other than fuel is now required.
    • Gas and vapor removal at the ceiling level is now required for areas where vehicles using lighter-than-air fuels are repaired.
    • Major repair garages that repair hydrogen-fueled vehicles now must also meet the provisions of NFPA 2, Hydrogen Technologies Code.
    • Added language clarifies that sprinkler protection provisions apply to the entire building wherein the repair garage is located.
    • Numerous other changes clarify the Code's intent and make requirements more explicit.

    Clearer requirements mean better fire safety in service stations. Update to the 2018 edition of NFPA 30A today.

    NFPA 30A is an essential resource for architects and engineers involved with design and construction of motor fuel dispensing facilities, AHJs and other professionals with oversight/review authority, and facility owners and operators. (Print, 52 pp., 2018).

     

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  • Prior Editions

    2015 Edition

    Fire safety at motor fuel dispensing operations and motor vehicle repair facilities depends on the critical guidelines in NFPA 30A.

    Dispensing flammable motor fuels can present serious hazards that can be avoided by adhering to specialized guidelines. The 2015 edition of NFPA 30A: Code for Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages provides the latest rules for fuel storage and piping, fuel dispensing systems, and operating procedures for retail fuel dispensing, marine fuel dispensing, and fleet vehicle fuel dispensing. NFPA 30A also covers gaseous motor vehicle fuels when dispensed at the same locations as liquid fuels.

    Now with a refined scope and added references to ANSI/UL standards:

    • NFPA 30A's scope has been clarified and revised to state that the Code applies to repair garages regardless of the type of fuel present, and that the Code does not apply to aircraft fueling.
    • Chapter 6: Fuel Dispensing Systems includes added references to ANSI/UL 842: Standard for Valves for Flammable Fluids and ANSI/UL 2586: Standard for Hose Nozzle Valves.
    • Amended Chapter 12 Additional Requirements for CNG, LNG, Hydrogen, and LPG resolves inconsistencies between NFPA 30A and other NFPA® codes addressing alternative fuels.

    Clearer requirements mean better fire safety in service stations. Update to the 2015 NFPA 30A today.

    Today's NFPA 30A is an essential resource for architects and engineers involved with design and construction of motor fuel dispensing facilities, AHJs and other professionals with oversight/review authority, and facility owners and operators. (Softbound, Approx. 42 pp., 2015).

     

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