Service Stations / Petroleum

Service Station / Petroleum Lawyers in Melbourne

When it comes to buying and operating a retail business, the service station is among the most complicated. It requires specific knowledge. Business owners and operators must comply with strict environmental regulations under the Environment Protection Act 1970 – particularly relating to fuel spills, soil and ground contamination, vapour recovery, and pollution (air, water and noise) – or risk severe penalties. An experienced service station lawyer has the requisite knowledge and expertise to provide compreshensive advice across the range of issues facing service station to assist you in keeping your service station premises safe (for people and the environment) and to ensure that you meet the your compliance obligations.

The expert petroleum lawyers at PCL Lawyers understand the particular issues that service station owners and operators face, including:

  • Buying and selling service stations businesses (including multi-site acquisitions/sales)
  • Buy / Sell Agreements
  • Buying and selling service station sites
  • Commercial and retail leasing of service station sites and depot sites
  • Contamination issues
  • Distribution Agreements
  • Environmental Obligations
  • Licensing Arrangements
  • Supply Agreements
  • Hazardous Materials and Dangerous Goods Management

Service Stations and Australian Standards

The service station industry is obligated to abide by a number of Australian Standards. These include:

  • AS 1940-2004 – The storage and handling of flammable and combustible liquids
  • AS 4897-2008 – The design, installation and operation of underground petroleum storage systems (UPSS)
  • AS 4976-2008 – The removal and disposal of underground petroleum storage tanks

Ensuring your service station complies with these standards will significantly reduce the risk of your business being subject to preventable law suits and other potential financial penalties. An expert service station solicitor like those at PCL Lawyers will be able to assist you in ensuring your business meets all issues of compliance, making you less susceptible to legal action.

If you need an experienced service station lawyer in Melbourne, contact us today on 1300 907 335 to discuss your situation. Alternatively, you can also contact us by completing the enquiry form on this page and we will respond to your enquiry.

  • CBD Office

    Level 8, 446 Collins Street
    Melbourne Vic 3000

  • Moorabbin Office

    Level 1, 441 South Road
    Moorabbin Vic 3189

  • Chadstone Office

    Level 8, 1341 Dandenong Rd,
    Chadstone VIC 3148

  • FRANKSTON OFFICE

    Ground Flr, 435 Nepean HWY
    Frankston Vic 3199

  • Preston Office

    Ground Flr, 84 Hotham St,
    Preston VIC 3072