The County Fire Department regulates oil and gas facilities such as oil wells, tank farms, and petroleum refineries through its Fire Prevention Division (FPD) and Health Hazardous Materials Division (HHMD). The FPD regulates these facilities under the authority of the County of Los Angeles Fire Code, Title 32, and HHMD under the authority of the California Health and Safety Code chapters 6.5, 6.7, and 6.95, the California Code of Regulations, Titles 19, 22, and 27, and local ordinance.
Fire Prevention Division
The FPD regulates the oil and gas industry by approving new construction, conducting inspections, and issuing permits for oil wells, tank farms, pipelines, and other aboveground oil and gas facilities. The FPD inspects permitted facilities on an annual basis to ensure compliance with appropriate codes.
Health Hazardous Materials Division
The HHMD oversees the annual disclosure and triennial compliance inspection requirements for hazardous materials handlers, hazardous waste generators, aboveground petroleum storage tank facilities, underground storage tank facilities, and risk management plans at oil and gas facilities. HHMD currently regulates three petroleum refineries.