Portable Fuel Containers - Gas Cans

This page last reviewed September 29, 2015


What's New:

September 29, 2015 new6

  • Public workshop to discuss proposed changes to the portable fuel container regulation. 
                    10-20-2015 Public Workshop Notice PDF (166K) 

May 7, 2015 

  • Public workshop agenda and call-in details. 
Sacramento Public Workshop Agenda PDF (61K) 

  • Electronic copy of staff presentation. 
Portable Fuel Container Workshop Presentation PDF (691K) 

April 21, 2015 

  • Public workshop to discuss regulation, certification procedure, and test procedure changes for portable fuel containers. 
5-12-2015 Public Workshop Notice PDF (178K) 

December 10, 2011

  • You can now check the status of your certfication application. Please click the certification status link in the Program Links.


The Portable Fuel Container (PFC) regulations are an important concept in our efforts to improve California's air quality. PFCs, also known as gas cans, are used to fill a variety of equipment including lawnmowers, vechicles and personal watercraft. The goal of this program is to ensure that spillage and evaporative emissions are minimized or eliminated. Because of their large numbers, PFCs have the potential to create substantial hydrocarbon emissions resulting in ozone-forming smog and health related problems. As of July 1, 2007, all PFCs sold in California must be certified by the Air Resources Board as meeting low-emission standards and regulatory requirements.