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Petroleum Enforcement Liaison Group (PELG)


PELG was set up in 1998 with the aim to facilitate an appropriate and consistent enforcement by Petroleum Licensing Authorities (PLAs) through the dissemination of advice, guidance and good practice.

Under the sponsorship of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), PELG was set up to devise guidance and provide advice to PLAs and licensees on the Petroleum (Consolidation) Act 1928 and to produce circulars (PETELS). Later on it became a subcommittee on Dangerous Substances consultation mechanism on revisions to legislation and played a key part in the devising and implementation of the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) in 2002.

On 1 October 2014 the Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations (PCR) came into force. PCR repealed the Petroleum (Consolidation) Act 1928 and introduced a certification regime to replace petrol licencing and separate notification of keeper arrangements. The authorities allocated to enforce PCR are referred to in the Regulations as petroleum enforcement authorities (PEAs)

Aims and objectives

The aim of PELG is to facilitate appropriate and consistent enforcement by PEAs through the dissemination of advice, guidance and good practice.

PELG has five objectives; namely to:

  • Discuss the need for advice and guidance (including on technical issues where there is a need for a consensus view among PEAs and HSE); to commission and agree such advice and disseminate it to PEAs.
  • Assess the implications for enforcement of new developments in industry practice and procedures.
  • Liaise effectively with HSE, Local Authorities, CFOA, Environmental Agency and the retail petroleum industry on matters within its remit.
  • Assist in finding solutions to general problems that might otherwise incur costly and time consuming appeals.
  • Ensure the principles of the Regulators' Compliance Code, Statutory Code of Practice for Regulators as issued by the Department for Business Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR) is being followed.
  • Advise PEAs on compliance with the National Local Authority Enforcement Code.


In 2012, the Energy Institute (EI) became the sponsoring organisation for PELG. The EI, as the leading professional body for the energy industries, recognises the important role PELG plays in supporting the retail industry. Historically, PETELS of a technical nature have been incorporated into Design, construction, modification, maintenance and decommissioning of filling stations (the Blue Book) when being revised, and with the EI sponsoring PELG it reinforces this arrangement and formally establishes a link between both organisations. 


PELG membership comprises representatives from HSE, the English Regional PEA Groups, the Welsh Petroleum EnforcAuthorities, Chief Fire Officers Assocication (CFOA), Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), Ministry of Defence (MOD), Petrol Retails Association (PRA), Petroleum Equipment Installers and Maintenance Federation (PEIMF), UK Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA), Downstream Fuels Association (DFA), Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Northern Ireland (HSENI) and the Environment Agency.

Please note that although the EI provides Secretariat support, the EI is not formally represented on PELG.

Contact and publications

If you would like to submit a query to PELG, please direct it to Please note that this is not a consultancy service and it may take some time to respond to queries submitted.

The publication Petrol filling stations Guidance on managing the risks of fire and explosion (the Red Guide) is available to download. PELG - PETELS are also available to download, please click here to view. Please note that some PELG PETELs have been removed pending an update. Please contact PELG to receive further information

Attached documents

Guidance on managing the risks of fire and explosion - The Red Guide (PDF 350 Kb) [ Show summary ]