What is the role of a Third-Party Inspector?
Where can I find a Third-Party Inspector?

What is the Role of a Third-Party Inspector?

Third-Party Inspectors conduct detailed inspections of USTs and piping systems, and:

  • Document the results of their on-site inspections;
  • Review facility record keeping to ensure that it meets UST Program requirements; and
  • Submit reports on their findings to the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).

Reports must be submitted to MassDEP via the nSPECT Online Filing System

Third-Party Inspectors are hired directly by tank owners and operators. Inspectors report UST facts to MassDEP. While they provide advice to their clients about compliance issues, they are not authorized to enforce laws and regulations.

To avoid potential conflicts of interest, Third-Party Inspectors must not be:

  • Owners or operators of the USTs they are inspecting;
  • Employees of the owners or operators of the USTs they are inspecting; or
  • Responsible on a daily basis for USTs they are inspecting.

Where can I find a Third-Party Inspector?

Consult the Third-Party UST Inspector Lookup for a searchable/sortable database of individuals qualified to perform UST third-party inspections in Massachusetts.