Marine Terminals

An Environmental Permitting Fact Sheet

Program Overview

This licensing program, administered by the Bureau of Materials Management and Compliance Assurance, regulates oil, petroleum and chemical bulk storage facilities that receive product from, or dispense it to, ships or barges.  Each year more than 2 billion barrels of petroleum is transferred at Marine Terminals along Connecticut’s coast.

In considering applications, the Marine Terminals Program reviews engineering design and certification of aboveground storage facilities, the type of product stored, the storage capacity, and the age and condition of the facility tanks and other containment systems, as well as spill prevention and response plans addressing response to releases.

Authorizing Statutes

Sections 22a-449(b) and 22a-449(c) of the Connecticut General Statutes (CGS)

Who Must Apply

All owners or operators of terminals which receive petroleum or hazardous chemical liquid products from waterborne vessels or dispense such products to vessels.

Required Application Documents

License Application for Marine Terminals (DEEP-MT-APP-300), including but not limited to supporting documentation such as a USGS topographic quadrangle map; site plan (approximately 24" by 36", drawn to scale); an operations manual detailing safe procedures for materials handling; a spill plan of action and a Facility Response Plan; and a list of spill containment equipment available at the facility; Applicant Compliance Information (DEEP-APP-002).Fees


A fee of one hundred dollars ($100.00) is required with each application.

Review and Processing

Upon receipt of the application package and the application fee, a detailed review of the application is conducted for sufficiency, general consistency with applicable standards and criteria and technical criteria, followed by license issuance or denial.

Unique Processing Features

US Coast Guard and Environmental Protection Agency also have jurisdiction over portions of these facilities and may inspect and review any required documents. Violations of federal requirements or the failure to properly address spill prevention or remediation can affect the processing of a permit application.

Average Processing Time

For this permit program, processing time for a typical application, based upon recent experience is less than 45 days. Past performance is not a guarantee of future processing timeframes.  In order to increase the efficiency of application processing, we recommend that you utilize the Department's Pre-Application Guidance process, assure that your application package is properly completed at the time of submittal, and that you promptly reply to any requests for information.

Permit Duration

The Marine Terminal License duration is three (3) years.

Contact Information

Marine Terminals Program
Bureau of Materials Management and Compliance Assurance
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106-5127

Dave Keating

This overview is designed to answer general questions and provide basic information. You should refer to the appropriate statutes and regulations for the specific regulatory language of the different permit programs. This document should not be relied upon to determine whether or not an environmental permit is required. It is your responsibility to obtain and comply with all required permits.

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Content Last Updated October 4, 2023