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Liquefied Petroleum Gas

We issue exams and licenses for doing propane work.  We inspect Liquefied Petroleum Gas tanks and locations.

 

The on-the-job training requires the supervision of a licensed fitter or truck equipment operator. The 60 days of training are actual workdays. You must receive on-the-job training and pass the written license examination and obtain the license by the end of the 60 days or stop doing liquefied petroleum gas work.

​Company License
Requires $130 fee and completion of exam for a one-year license.

Each business site must obtain a company license prior to doing business at the site. Each site is required to have a company representative unique to that site. The company representative is required to pass an examination prior to issue of the company license. (Requires OAR, ORS, and NFPA 58) 

Master Fitter License
Requires $60 for a two-year license

Individuals who perform:
Liquefied petroleum gas work and Install liquefied petroleum gas tanks; repair equipment using liquefied petroleum gas; connect or disconnect liquefied petroleum gas to tanks and other appliances; Complete repairs on liquefied petroleum gas equipment or appliances; repair or remodel any piping or venting; or any installation, repair service, connection or disconnection of any liquefied petroleum gas appliance must obtain a master fitter’s license.

You must be working for a licensed company. (Requires OAR, ORS, NFPA 54, and NFPA 58)

 
HVAC (Heating, Venting and Air Conditioning) Fitter License
Requires $60 fee and completion of exam for a two-year license.


Performing liquefied petroleum gas work on HVAC equipment, including hearth products, you must obtain an HVAC fitter license. You must be working for a licensed company.  (Requires OAR, ORS, NFPA 54, and NFPA 58)
 
RV (Recreational Vehicles) Fitter License
Requires $60 for a two-year license.

Performing liquefied petroleum gas work on recreational vehicles you must obtain an RV fitter license. You are required to pass an examination for the license and must be working for a licensed company. Note: A license is not required for construction or warranty work for manufactured dwellings or recreational vehicles. (Requires OAR, ORS, NFPA 1192, and NFPA 58
 
IC (Internal Combustion) Fitter License
Requires $60 fee and completion of exam for a two-year license.

You must be working for a licensed company. (Requires OAR, ORS, and NFPA 58) 
 
Truck Equipment Operator License
Requires $60 fee and completion of exam and truck equipment operator license for a two-year license.

You must be working for a licensed company. (Requires OAR, ORS, NFPA 54, and NFPA 58)
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The fee for each examination application is $55.
To take an examination, complete an Application to Take Liquefied Petroleum Gas On-Line Examination Form and mail with a check or money order for $55, to:
Office of State Fire Marshal
Regulatory Services Unit - LPG Program
PO Box 4395 Unit 09
Portland, OR 97208-4395
Application for Liquefied Petroleum Gas License Examinations

Sample Questions
 
Study materials may be used during the examination. Study materials acceptable for use during the examination include:
Oregon Revised Statutes 480.410 through 480.460
Oregon Administrative Rules 837-030-0100 through 837-030-0280
 
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) National Fuel Gas Code 54, 2006 or 2012 Edition
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) LP Gas Code 58, 2008 or 2011 Edition
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard on Recreational Vehicles 1192, 2011 Edition
 
The OSFM does not provide NFPA 54, 58 or 1192. They may be purchased from any one of the following sources or any other source the applicant chooses to use:
 
National Fire Protection Association 1-800-344-3555 or http://www.nfpa.org/ 
 
Building Technical Bookstore / Portland 1-800-275-2665
 
Powell's Technical Bookstore / Portland 503-228-3906 ext 4000
http://www.powells.com/technicalbooks

​Once the examination has been passed for the license requested, the applicant must complete the required application shown below and submit to the Office of State Fire Marshal with the appropriate fee. The applications and fees shown below are for new companies, fitters, and truck equipment operator licenses only.  

 
When licenses are being renewed, use the renewal notice sent to your company. If the renewal notice cannot be located, a duplicate copy may be obtained by calling 503-934-8272 or email SFM.LP@state.or.us.

​A $50 notice fee shall accompany each tank reported. Exception: If the total quantity of tanks reported at one site does not exceed 200 gallons, only one fee of $50 must to be submitted, but each tank still must be reported on a separate form.

Propane companies are required to notify the Office of State Fire Marshal of all liquefied petroleum gas tank installations. The notification must be submitted no later than the last day of the month following the month of installation. Example: All tanks set in February must be reported no later than March 31. The notification must be postmarked with a U.S. Postmark no later than the last day of the month, or a late fee is assessed. Each tank installed must be submitted on a separate LPG Tank Installation Notice Form.

If the liquefied petroleum gas tank was installed underground, an Underground LPG Tank Installation Worksheet must be submitted with the LPG Tank Installation Notice Form which provides detailed information on the installation of the underground tank.

A Notice of Installation of LPG Tank Summary Sheet must accompany the tank installation notices being submitted for the month. Each tank installed shall be reported on an Office of State Fire Marshal LPG Tank Installation Notice Form.

Notice of Installation of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Tank Summary Sheet
Liquefied Petroleum Gas Tank Installation Notice Form
Underground Liquefied Petroleum Gas Tank Installation Worksheet (Required for underground only)
Notice of Installation of LPG Containers for Utilization as Motor Fuel
Sample Map Requirements

​Tank installations are inspected to ensure tanks have been properly installed to protect homeowners and businesses from unforeseen hazards to life and property and to ensure the requirements of NFPA 58, 2008 Edition, NFPA 54, 2006 Edition, and the Oregon Fire Code (OFC), 2007 Edition are met. If a deficiency is identified during the inspection, a Notice and Order of Correction is issued to the company that installed the tank, providing an opportunity for the correction of the deficiency. Once the company notifies the inspector the deficiency has been corrected, the tank may be inspected to ensure compliance. Questions regarding the installation of a tank may be directed to the company who installed the tank or to the Office of State Fire Marshal at 503-934-8278.

​Sites that have bulk storage of propane may be inspected annually. Any changes to the bulk site, including but not limited to the installation of one or more additional tanks, removal of one or more tanks, and closure of the site shall be reported to the Office of State Fire Marshal in writing within two weeks of the change. Any change or addition of any size tank to the bulk site shall require the submission of plans to the Codes Unit of the Office of State Fire Marshal. The Codes Unit may be contacted at 503-934-8269. 
 
Application to Install Liquefied Petroleum Gas Containers 

​Inspection fees are $45 per delivery unit inspected.

Delivery unit tanks may be inspected annually and shall be made readily available for their annual inspection after notification by the Office of State Fire Marshal that the annual inspection is due. Any changes to delivery units, including but not limited to the addition of one or more delivery units to the company, and the transfer, sale, disposal, or taking out of service of one or more delivery units shall be reported to the Office of State Fire Marshal in writing within two weeks of the change. (In most cases, Oregon Department of Transportation completes this inspection.)

​Educational materials developed to assist you regarding liquefied petroleum gas are listed below. Click on a title to access the information.
Is Your Propane Cylinder Safe? Check Out OPDs
Liquefied Petroleum Gas and Consumer Safety
Common Residential LPG Inspection Elements
Liquefied Petroleum Gas License Requirements Brochure

 
​Contact
Regulatory Services Branch
3565 Trelstad Ave SE
Salem, OR 97317
Phone: 503-934-8274
Fax: 503-373-1825
sfm.lp@state.or.us

Hours
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday

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