Dangerous Substance Licensing

Longford County Council receives applications regarding petroleum licencing for petrol stations and petroleum stores throughout the county. It is mandatory under legislation that a premise storing and dispensing petroleum have a Dangerous Substance License. Details on the legislation in this area and application forms for making a submission are detailed on the links below.

Petroleum, for legislation/regulation purposes, is defined as being one of three Classes:

  • Class I Petrol Leaded & Unleaded
  • Class II Kerosene/paraffin
  • Class III Diesel/DERV/Central Heating Oil



The primary legislation in this area is the Dangerous Substances Act 1972 (DSA 1972)
and various regulations detailed in the subsequent Statutory Instruments as detailed as follows:

Dangerous Substances Act, 1972 (Commencement) Order, 1979 – S.I. No. 297
Dangerous Substances (Licensing Fees) Regulations, 1979 – S.I. No. 301
Dangerous Substances (Retail and Private Petroleum Stores) Regulations, 1979 – S.I. No. 311
Dangerous Substances (Petroleum Bulk Stores) Regulations, 1979 – S.I. No. 313

Amendments to S.I. No. 311:  S.I. No. 303 of 1988S.I. No. 424/1999  …. S.I. No. 502/2018


Forms for Dangerous Substance Applications: