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New Westminster, is the oldest city in western Canada and is also known as the “Royal City”. To prevent the leakage of hazardous materials in this heritage-filled municipality, Advantage Waste Specialties has been servicing homes built between the 1920s and 1960s in New Westminster by removing old oil tanks on their property. CERC can help you with your underground tanks by providing the following services to all areas in New Westminster.

Oil Tank Removal Services

  • First Rate Service
  • Oil Tank Removal
  • Oil Tank Leaks
  • Oil Tank Detection
  • Tank Decommissioning
  • Soil Samples
  • Soil Remediation


What is an Underground Oil Tank?

Oil Tank near a house in New WestminsterBetween the 1920s and 1960s, many homes used oil as heating fuel, which was sourced from their underground oil tanks. Since modern homes use natural gas lines instead of oil, many homeowners may not be aware that they have an oil tank on their property. With an average life of 20 to 25 years, oil tanks can begin to leak hazardous materials into the environment if not removed. As such, it is crucial that homeowners hire a professional oil tank contractor to survey the property and verify or deny the presence of an underground oil tank. If not, the oil could pose a threat to your neighbours and wildlife as it can cross-contaminate the soil and water sources.

Think you may have an oil tank on your property? Look for…


  • A filler pipe sticking out of the ground
  • A metal pipe cap close to your property
  • A vent pipe on the side of your house
  • Sunken areas throughout your front or backyard


Oil Tank Removal in New Westminster

By yourself

Oil tanks must be professionally removed. To prevent contamination of the groundwater and surrounding soil, you must hire a professional for your New Westminster oil tank removal. Not only does this protect the environment, but it ensures efficient oil tank detection, removal, and disposal.

CERC Oil Tank Removal New Westminster

With CERC Oil Tank Removal

As leading experts in underground oil tanks, you can rely on the services of CERC Oil Tank Removal for your New Westminster property. Our team will ensure no step is overlooked while providing safe and fast services. This includes getting the proper oil tank permit(s), emptying the fuel storage tank, removing and discarding the tank, cleaning any contaminated soil, filling the sunken area, and more. With our expert handling, we can improve the value and environmental impact of your property, while minimizing risk.

Oil Tank Removal Process

How to Oil Tank Removal in New Westminster In need of New Westminster oil tank removal? Here’s what to expect from the process…

  • An oil tank contractor will survey your property to confirm or deny the existence of an oil tank. Should the oil tank detection be confirmed, several permits may be required. As a part of our full-range services, our team at CERC will attain all the necessary permits to streamline the removal process for you.
  • In some cases, a Tree Protection Approval Permit is required. Prior to issuing any permits, the City of New Westminster requires applicants to contact the Planning Department at City Hall. They will send a designated City Arborist to either issue a permit or confirm there are no trees on the property.
  • Then, permits from the New Westminster Fire Department and Rescue Services are required to remove or decommission the oil tank. The fee for New Westminster oil tank removal and decommissioning is $100 by cash or cheque (credit and debit card payments are not accepted).
  • After the permits are collected, our team will provide quick and efficient oil tank removal and submit a final report to the Ministry of Environments. A critical step, this determines if there has been any contamination of the soil and/ or groundwater that exceeds allowable limits.


Oil Tank Removal New Westminster Benefits

Perfect Oil Tank RemovalAt CERC, we offer a wide variety of services to homes and businesses including underground tank removals, above-ground tank removals, site assessments, and contaminated soil remediation. Our experienced professionals are committed to providing cost-effective solutions for all of your environmental needs.

We can ensure the safe removal of any underground oil tanks, accurate soil testing, and expert handling of your property to increase its value and environmental efficiency. With our hands-on approach, we take care of every step of the process. From acquiring permits to hiring environmental consultants to properly discarding your oil tank, we offer reliable, affordable, and safe services. This not only makes the process easier for our clients, but it ensures no stage of the oil tank removal is missed or overlooked. Contact our team today to get started!

Advice for Homeowners

New Westminster Fire and Rescue Services offer the following advice for homeowners regarding the removal or decommissioning of underground oil storage tanks:

1. Ways to Find your Tank

Look for visual signs of a tank’s presence, such as cast iron piping coming from the ground.

Hire an Oil Tank Contractor to search for the presence of an oil tank using a metal detector.

Contact New Westminster Fire and Rescue Services for information from their property database. Note that the database information may or may not be complete and does not include site plans.

2. Hire a Registered Professional Engineer and an Oil Tank Contractor

We cannot recommend a specific contractor or Registered Professional Engineer to perform the work. Please look to your Yellow Pages for this information. We would recommend you obtain at least three separate quotes and ask for references. Ensure the company you select has a business license to operate in the City of New Westminster, has WorkSafe BC coverage, and has obtained the necessary Permit from the Fire Department.

3. Possible Contamination

If, when the tank is unearthed, there is soil contamination found, the Registered Professional Engineer will coordinate with the tank contractor and the Ministry of Environment for a cleanup plan.

4. Final Report

Your Registered Professional Engineer and the contractor will submit a final report, with pictures, to New Westminster Fire and Rescue for storage in the property’s database.

Oil Tank Removal New Westminster

CERC offers a wide variety of services to homes and businesses, including:

  • underground tank removals,
  • above-ground tank removals,
  • site assessments,
  • contaminated soil remediation.

Our experienced professionals are committed to providing cost-effective solutions for all of your environmental needs.

Regulations for oil tank removal

Here we have compiled links to B.C. city portal sites with information on B.C. regulations and specific city regulations for British Columbia, Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, West Vancouver, and Surrey. Recommended reading. Stay informed and adhere to standards when planning for oil tank removal.

Service Area in New Westminster