The Oil Control Program

The Oil Control Program (OCP) within the Land and Materials Administration of the Maryland Department of the Environment regulates oil-related activities in the State, such as aboveground and underground oil storage facilities, oil-contaminated soil treatment facilities, and oil transportation.  Through a combination of OCP staff and certified individuals, the OCP oversees the installation, maintenance, operation, and removal of oil storage tanks.  The Program maintains a strong field presence to accomplish these tasks.  OCP inspectors investigate complaints of illegal dumping and the improper handling of oil as well as non-compliance with state and federal regulations.

​Draft Proposed Regulations – Small Business Review​

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) would like to notify the public of an opportunity for interested parties to review and comment on a draft proposal to amend Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) by adopting new regulations under COMAR 26.10 Oil Pollution Control and Storage Tank Management.  The draft regulatory proposal is expected to affect small businesses that:

  • Retail motor fuel;
  • Own and operate a motor fuel dispensing facility;
  • Own and operate a service station for vehicles or vessels;
  • Own and operate an oil aboveground and/or underground storage tank system;
  • Own and operate a hazardous substance underground storage tank system;
  • Own and operate an emergency power generator UST system;
  • Offer a State of Maryland approved training program for UST system operators;
  • Train and certify UST system technicians, removers, and inspectors; 
  • Employ certified Class A, Class B, and Class C Operators;
  • Employ certified UST system technicians, removers, and inspectors; 
  • Install, maintain, repair, and close residential heating oil tanks;
  • Perform environmental services such as testing and sampling of monitoring wells and petroleum products and by-products; or
  • Participate in any combination of the above activities.

Public comments on the draft regulatory proposal will be accepted by MDE through November 2, 2021.

Please visit the following website to access a copy of the draft proposed regulations, a compliance guide regarding how the regulated community can comply with the regulatory changes, and procedures on how to submit comments to MDE:

Underground Storage Tanks

The OCP has highly trained staff to help companies and individuals ensure that their underground storage tanks (USTs) are in compliance with State and federal regulations.  All regulated USTs within Maryland are required to be registered through the UST Notification Program.  All USTs storing motor fuels (e.g., gasoline, diesel) must meet specific technical standards (corrosion protection, spill/overfill prevention, leak detection, and financial responsibility) or be removed from the ground.  For additional information, please visit our Underground Storage Tanks page.  For additional information on UST Certifications, please visit our UST Certification Programs page.    

Aboveground Storage Tanks

The OCP issues oil operations permits to facilities that store virgin oil in aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) with 10,000 gallons or more capacity or that store used oil in ASTs with 1,000 gallons or more capacity.  Our staff is available to assist in reviewing plans and is available to interpret State and federal regulations regarding ASTs.  For additional information on ASTs, please visit our Aboveground Storage Tanks page.

Residential Heating Oil

The OCP does not regulate residential heating oil tanks if they are less than 1,100 gallons while they are in normal use.  However, once a residential heating oil tank is no longer in use, the owner is required to have the tank and all connected pipes and fill lines removed by a Maryland certified UST remover or technician.  Please visit our Residential Heating Oil page for more information on this and the Residential Heating Oil Tank Site Cleanup Reimbursement Program.

Remediation Sites

When there is a release of oil into the environment, the OCP oversees the cleanup to assure the protection of Maryland citizens and our environment.  For additional information, please visit our Remediation Sites page.  Additionally, the Fact Sheets, Publications, and Reports page provides links to many oil remediation related activities.

Oil Transportation

In an effort to ensure the safe transportation of oil within Maryland, the OCP issues specific permits to transportation and transfer companies.  The OCP also oversees the Oil Transfer Licensing and associated fee collections to help fund Maryland's oil pollution programs.  Please visit the Oil Transportation Licenses and Permits page for more information.

UST Loan Program

A program managed through the Water Quality Financing Administration (WQFA), known as Linked Deposit may provide owners of underground oil storage tanks a way to replace those tanks. Click here for more information or contact Michael Roberts at (410) 925-4793 or by email at

Upcoming Oil Control Program Public Meetings and Hearings

None at this time 

For Further Information

Oil Control Program

(410) 537-3442; (800) 633-6101 x3442

Residential Heating Oil Tank Site Cleanup Reimbursement Program

(410) 537-3676; (800) 633-6101 x3676

To Report Oil Spills Call (Available 24 hours a day)

1-866-633-4686  ​​