This information is provided free of charge by the Department of Industrial Relations from its web site at These regulations are for the convenience of the user and no representation or warranty is made that the information is current or accurate. See full disclaimer at

Subchapter 7. General Industry Safety Orders
Group 20. Flammable Liquids, Gases and Vapors
Article 144. Service Stations

Return to index
New query

§5570. Remote Pumping Systems.

(a) This Section shall apply to systems for dispensing Category 1 or 2 flammable liquids, or Category 3 flammable liquids with a flashpoint below 100oF (37.8oC), where such liquids are transferred from storage to individual or multiple dispensing units by pumps located elsewhere than at the dispensing units.
(b) Pumps shall be designed or equipped so that no part of the system will be subjected to pressures above its allowable working pressure. Each pump shall have installed on the discharge side an approved leak detection device which will provide an indication if the piping and dispensers are not essentially liquid-tight.
(c) Pumps installed above grade, outside of buildings, shall be located not less than 10 feet from lines of adjoining property which may be built upon, and not less than 5 feet from any building opening. When an outside pump location is impractical, pumps may be installed inside buildings as provided for dispensers in Section 5571(b), or in pits as provided in (d). Pumps shall be substantially anchored and protected against physical damage.
(d) Pits for subsurface pumps or piping manifolds of submersible pumps shall withstand the external forces to which they may be subjected without damage to the pump, tank or piping. The pit shall be no larger than necessary for inspection and maintenance and shall be provided with a fitted cover.
(e) An emergency shutoff valve, incorporating a fusible link or other thermally actuated device, designed to close automatically in event of severe impact or fire exposure shall be properly installed in the supply line at the base of each individual island-type dispenser or at the inlet of each overhead dispensing unit. If a coupling incorporating a slip-joint feature is used to join the emergency valve to the dispenser piping, the emergency valve shall automatically close before the slip-joint can disengage. The automatic closing feature of this valve shall be checked at the time of initial installation and at least once a year thereafter by manually tripping the hold-open linkage.
Note: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code.
1. Amendment of subsection (a) and new Note filed 5-5-2014; operative 5-6-2014 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(b)(3) (Register 2014, No. 19).

Go BackGo Back to Article 144 Table of Contents