Business and Professions Code - BPC

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Business and Professions Code - BPC


  ( Division 5 added by Stats. 1939, Ch. 43. )

CHAPTER 14. Petroleum and Hydrogen Fuels [13400 - 13630]

  ( Heading of Chapter 14 amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 91, Sec. 1. )
ARTICLE 5. Standards for Gasoline [13440 - 13443]
  ( Article 5 added by Stats. 1980, Ch. 636, Sec. 5. )


(a) The department shall establish specifications for automotive spark-ignition engine fuels. The department shall adopt by reference the latest standards established by a recognized consensus organization or standards writing organization such as the ASTM International or the SAE International, for automotive spark-ignition engine fuel, except that no specification shall be less stringent than required by any California state law.

(b) Any gasoline-oxygenate blend containing methanol shall also contain an alcohol cosolvent (butanol or higher molecular weight alcohol) in an amount equal to or greater than the volume percentage of methanol except those blends previously granted a waiver by the Environmental Protection Agency.

(c) Any gasoline-oxygenate blend containing ethanol that complies with Section 2258 of Title 13 of the California Code of Regulations, as it reads on the effective date of the act amending this section during the 1993–94 Regular Session, or as amended, may exceed the Reid vapor pressure limits of ASTM D 4814 for the area and season in which the blend is sold at retail by not more than 6.9 kilopascals (1.0 pounds per square inch), except the total Reid vapor pressure shall not exceed 103 kilopascals (15 pounds per square inch).

(d) The antiknock index as defined in Section 13403 for gasoline and gasoline-oxygenate blends shall not be less than 87.

(e) Gasoline and gasoline-oxygenate blends shall meet the latest specifications set forth in ASTM D 4814, except that no specification shall be less stringent than required by any California state law.

(f) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, gasoline sold for use in Inyo or Mono County, or the portion of Kern County lying east of the Los Angeles County Aqueduct, shall comply with the latest specification set forth in ASTM D 4814 relating to volatility class standards for the season during which the gasoline is sold for either the interior region or the southeast region of California, except that no specification shall be less stringent than is required by any California state law.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 661, Sec. 52. Effective January 1, 2013.)


For purposes of determining the percentage of a motor fuel (including gasohol) which consists of alcohol, the volume of alcohol includes the volume of any denaturant (including gasoline) which is added to the extent that these denaturants do not exceed 5 percent of the volume of the alcohol (including denaturants).

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 1012, Sec. 2.)


It is unlawful for any person to sell any product as, or purporting to be, gasoline or automotive spark-ignition engine fuel, unless the product conforms to the specifications of this article.

(Amended by Stats. 1985, Ch. 167, Sec. 2.5.)


It is unlawful for any person to sell, offer for sale, or cause or permit to be sold or offered for sale, or deliver or offer for delivery, any petroleum product as a fuel for internal combustion engines at any place where petroleum products are kept or stored for sale, which does not conform to the requirements of this article, unless and until there shall be firmly attached to or painted upon each container, receptacle, pump, and inlet end of the fill pipe of each underground storage tank, from which or into which such petroleum product is drawn or poured for sale or delivery, a sign or label, plainly visible, comprising the brand, trademark, or trade name of such fuel, or the words “no brand,” which words shall be in letters of gothic type with a stroke of not less than one-eighth inch in width and not less than one inch in height, and also the words “not gasoline” in red letters of gothic type with a stroke of not less than one-half inch in width and not less than three inches in height, on a white background and not less than twice the size of any other letters or words appearing on or near the label or sign.

The provisions of this article, as to the words “not gasoline,” shall not apply to signs or labels used in connection with the sale or delivery of kerosene, jet or turbine fuel, diesel fuel, liquefied petroleum gas, or motor fuel comprised of a mixture of gasoline and lubricating oil properly labeled in accordance with the provisions of Article 9 (commencing with Section 13480).

(Amended by Stats. 1989, Ch. 1047, Sec. 3.)


The sign or label required by this article to be attached to the inlet end of the fill-pipe of an underground storage tank shall consist of a tag or plate firmly attached or affixed and plainly visible while the tank is being filled. The letters on such sign or label may be of any convenient size.

(Added by Stats. 1980, Ch. 636, Sec. 5.)