All residential propane tanks are basically propane-filled tanks. That propane is highly flammable and does not handle high temperatures well. That’s why there are security measures (such as how far the propane tank needs to be from the house) at Place.
Can propane tanks be near the house?
Yes, they can be. These tanks are known as ‘stable above ground propane tankHowever, propane tank conditions need to comply with both local, state, and federal regulations regarding the placement of propane tanks.
We are going through the basic rules of propane tank positioning systematically 100, 500, 1,000, 2,000-gallon propane tank, Example: How far from home should a 250 gallon propane tank be? is the minimum distance 10 feet from home (‘the opening of a building’, to be precise; originally from the window).
The regulatory backbone for the positioning of propane tanks on private property is governed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He has published a new ‘Compliant with industry standards for acceptable separation distance (ASD) standards for residential propane tanks‘ document in 2020 that deals with these minimum distances for propane tanks.
Let’s start with a 100-gallon propane tank, and we’ll move on to 500-gallon, 1,000-gallon, and 2,000-gallon propane tanks.
pay attention: Some rules may be state-specific. We’re going to cover the basic rules that generally apply but you should be aware that some states may have slightly larger/smaller minimum distances.
100-gallon propane tank placement (minimum distance from home, ignition)
Required distance requirements for residential aboveground propane tanks start with a 100-gallon tank.
A 100-gallon tank can hold up to 80 gallons of propane (the 80% rule for safety) and can be placed next to a house. How far should a 100 gallon propane tank be from the house? Here are the minimum required distances:
- 100 gallon propane tank must be at least 5 feet away away from home
- 100 gallon propane tank must be at least 10 feet away away from any source of ignition.
These small tanks can be used for heating, or to power other propane-powered appliances, such as grills.
If you are thinking about installing a 100-gallon propane tank, you should also inform yourself about:
500-Gallon Propane Tank Placement (House, Minimum Distance From Ignition)
As we will see, the larger the propane tank, the greater the minimum distance required from the house. With larger propane tanks, you need to check not only your home but the minimum distance from sources of ignition. On top of that, there’s also a requirement for how far you can place your propane tank from your neighbor (adjacent property line).
A 500 gallon propane tank holds 400 gallons of propane. Compared to a 100-gallon tank, a tank this large should have more distance between it and the house. How far from a house should a 500 gallon propane tank be? Let’s look at the basic minimum distance requirements:
- 500 gallon propane tank must be at least 10 feet away away from home
- 500 gallon propane tank must be at least 20 feet away away from any source of ignition.
- 500 gallon propane tank must be at least 30 feet away from your neighbor’s property.
Since the explosion of a 500-gallon propane tank carries great risk, you can see that the minimum required distances are large.
If you’re considering installing a 500-gallon propane tank, you should also read about:
Next is the 1,000 gallon propane tank:
1,000-gallon and 2,000-gallon propane tank placement (minimum distance from home, ignition)
A 1,000-gallon propane tank is twice the size of a 500-gallon tank. However, despite this size difference, the minimum distance required from the home, ignition, and neighbors remains the same for a 500 gallon tank.
Here are the basic rules for positioning a 1,000-gallon propane tank:
- 1,000 gallon propane tank must be at least 10 feet away away from home
- 1,000 gallon propane tank must be at least 20 feet away away from any source of ignition.
- 1,000 gallon propane tank must be at least 30 feet away from your neighbor’s property.
We don’t see 2,000-gallon propane tanks as much as 1,000-gallon ones. Still, if you plan to install a larger 2,000-gallon propane tank, you should know that such a propane tank should be at least 25 feet away from home
Hopefully, you have now seen how far away from home you should place your propane tank.