After over three years of effort, and many, many checks written to numerous departments, Ventura County has granted us the right to operate a fuel tank at a particular location near Lake Piru, CA. This is actually a huge improvement, and will be much safer and less liable to create a spill than the current methods of schlepping around zillions of 5-gallon cans in a pickup truck.
However, we still have not, after 3 years of trying, obtained a permit from self-same Ventura County to install said tank. So it is currently legal for us to own, posses, and operate a fuel tank at the permitted location but still illegal for us to install one there.
The tank we purchased 3-years ago in the naive hope all this permitting could be done in a month or two will probably be rusted out by the time we can actually install it.