Propane Tank Distance Requirements with Texas Propane

Propane Tank Distance Requirements

Propane tank distance requirements is a common topic in the propane industry and among many of our customers. Distance rules are applicable to propane tanks and their connections in relation to what surrounds them, whether it’s a house or another propane tank. When installing a propane tank, our team here at Texas Propane considers the surrounding buildings, driveways, awnings, house or building openings, property lines and more.

Propane Tank Distance Requirements

Container Distance Requirements

The distance requirements for propane tank locations depend on the container size. Typically, most propane tanks fall under a ten foot rule with regard to buildings and houses. The standards and rules differ with the following locations:

  • playgrounds
  • parking lots
  • railroad tracks
  • other flammable materials

Texas Propane adheres to all propane tank distance requirements when installing your propane tank in any location.

Point of Transfer Distance Requirements

The point of transfer is “the location where connections and disconnections are made or where LP Gas is vented to the atmosphere in the course of transfer operations”.  The transfer of propane during the filling process results in residual liquid release between the tank fill valve and the hose end connection upon completion of transfer.

When you unhook the hose from the tank, liquid releases into the atmosphere. Therefore, the point of transfer is a subject to distance requirements.

Relief Valve Distances

Safety relief valves are subject to distance requirements due to the fact that if the relief valve opens allowing propane to vent, the vicinity above and around the relief valve needs to be clear of obstructions and ignition sources.

If fully activated, a safety relief valve on an ASME propane tank will vent propane vertically. Therefore, our team installs propane tanks out from under an awning or part of a building overhang.


These are just the basics of propane tank distance requirements. Contact us here at Texas Propane to learn more about our propane tank installation services today!

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