Office of General Services

New York State Office of General Services - Regulations for the use of Liquid Petroleum Gas
Bureau of Food Services
Regulations for the Use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) at the Empire State

In accordance with the Fire Code of New York State, listed below are guidelines on the regulation of LPG that the state fire office will be monitoring. Liquefied petroleum gases-LPG and LP-Gas-is any material which is composed predominantly of any of hydrocarbons, or mixtures of them, propane, propylene, butanes (normal butane or iso-butane), and butylenes. These regulations must be followed by all vendors.

  • Liquefied petroleum gases shall be odorized so that the presence of gas will be recognizable by a distinct odor.
  • Containers shall be protected against physical damage, and located so as not to be a hazard to the premises served. Containers shall be secured on noncombustible supports to prevent falling or being upset and shall be protected against tampering by unauthorized persons. (Cylinder must be chained & padlocked or similar method to assure it will not fall or tip over).
  • Shut-off valves shall be maintained in safe operating condition. Every container shall be provided with one or more approved safety relief devices designed to relieve excessive pressure to the outer air. Safety devices on LP-gas containers, equipment and systems shall not be tampered with or made ineffective. These devices shall be arranged to afford free vent to the outer air, with the discharge at a distance not less than 10 feet in any direction from building openings or air intakes. Where two or more containers are installed, connection shall be arranged so that containers can be replaced without shutting off the flow of gas to equipment.
  • Containers shall be designed, fabricated, tested, and marked (or stamped) in accordance with the regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Cylinders shall be continued in service and transported in accordance with DOT regulations.
  • LP-Gas consuming appliances shall be in good operating condition. Any appliance that was originally manufactured for operation with a gaseous fuel other than LP-Gas, and is in good condition, may be used with LP-Gas only after it is properly converted, adapted and tested for performance with LP-Gas before the appliance is placed in use.
  • Weeds, grass, brush, trash and other combustible materials shall be kept a minimum of 10 feet (3048 mm) from LP-gas tanks or containers.
  • Appropriate fire extinguishing equipment shall be provided where LPG containers or charcoal are stored, handled or used-minimum rating 10-B:C. In addition, cooking equipment involving vegetable or animal oils and fats shall be protected by a Class K rated portable extinguisher.
  • Vendors should bring only the amount of LPG that is needed for each event. Storage of LPG containers within buildings is prohibited. Use of LPG indoors must follow the indoor use requirements.