Transferring LPG into recreational cylinders

The technical safety authority issues permits for filling recreational gas cylinders with a capacity of no more than 5 kg.

Kulcsszavak: recreational cylinder, transferring, decanting, technical safety

Self-employed or company engaged in LPG transferring activities

A recreational cylinder is an LPG cylinder with a capacity of no more than 5 kg, used for providing fuel for recreational purposes (cooking, heating, lighting). LPG may be decanted with decanting equipment that has:

Decanting may commence if the person doing the decanting has conducted a preliminary examination and is satisfied that the recreational cylinder is in suitable condition, the cylinder and its valve are undamaged, and the cylinder has had a valid periodic inspection.

If the cylinder or its accessories do not meet the technical and safety requirements, the decanting request will be denied.

The Budapest or county government office acting as the technical safety authority will issue a permit to a LPG retailer where:

The permit request shall specify the location where the activity is to be carried out.

The authority shall prohibit unlicensed decanting and, in case of repeated offences, impose a fine.

The decanting permit shall be revoked if:

  1. the conditions for issuing the permit are no longer met (see ‘What to do’),
  2. the activity is performed by anyone other than the person with the required licenses, or
  3. the authorised user has not had the periodic technical and safety inspection every year for the decanting equipment.

The administrative time limit is 60 days.

The following shall be attached to the decanting permit request:

  1. the documents certifying the availability of the LPG exchange station management permit, the license for handling LPG decanting and filling equipment, and the fire safety permit,
  2. the contract with a term of at least one year with an LPG distributor, and
  3. the technical instructions regarding the decanting, and the workplace risk assessment prepared by the occupational safety expert relating to the technical inspection of the equipment and the method.

The licensing procedure fee is HUF 55 000.

The licensing procedure will be carried out by the Budapest or county government office acting as the technical safety authority with regional jurisdiction:

The Budapest or county government office acting as the technical safety authority





Government Office of the Capital City Budapest

Budapest, Pest County, and of the city of Ercsi, the area of the Százhalombatta Danube Refinery


Hajdú-Bihar County Government Office

Hajdú-Bihar County, Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County


Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County Government Office

Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County


Győr-Moson-Sopron County Government Office

Győr-Moson-Sopron County


Vas County Government Office

Vas County


Zala County Government Office

Zala County


Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County Government Office

Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County, Heves County, Nógrád County


Baranya County Government Office

Baranya County, Somogy County, Tolna County


Csongrád-Csanád County Government Office

Bács-Kiskun County, Csongrád-Csanád County, Békés County


Fejér County Government Office

Fejér County (with the exception of the area of the Százhalombatta Danube Refinery in the city of Ercsi), Veszprém County, Komárom-Esztergom County

No appeal may be made against the merits of the authority’s decision. If you do not agree with the authority’s decision, you may submit an application to bring an administrative lawsuit based on an infringement of the law within 30 days of receipt of the decision. The application must be addressed to the competent court with territorial jurisdiction, and submitted electronically to the Budapest or county government office acting as the technical safety authority.

Date of the case description: 19 October 2020

If the authority fails to pass a decision by the prescribed time limit, the client may commence the activity.

The language of the procedure is Hungarian.

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Act XL of 2008 on Natural Gas Supply

Act LXXVI of 2009 on the general rules on the commencement and performance of service activities

Act CL of 2016 on the Code of General Administrative Procedure

Government Decree No 365/2016 of 29 November 2016 on the designation of the Government Office of the Capital City Budapest of Budapest as the acting authority in certain industrial and commercial issues, and on regional legal metrology and technical safety authorities

Government Decree No 327/2019 of 20 December 2019 on the distribution, decanting, and official supervision of liquefied propane and butane gases and their compounds in tanks and cylinders

Decree No 61/2016 of 29 December 2016 of the Minister for the National Economy on the administrative service fees payable for technical safety authority procedures and the procedures of its construction authority