8 Critical Costs You Must Know Before Starting Petrol Station In Tanzania

Thinking of launching your own petrol station business in Tanzania?  It’s an exciting venture, but hold on—there are some *major* costs you need to be aware of!  Let’s break it down for you.

1. Land Acquisition:

First things first—where are you gonna build? Buying or leasing land can be a hefty expense. Make sure it’s in a prime location for maximum customer flow!

2. Permits Galore:

You can’t just open shop without the right paperwork!  Licenses from EWURA, NEMC, OSHA—these guys are your best friends (even if they’re a pain sometimes). Safety and environment first, folks!

3. Gear Up with Equipment:

You’ll need more than just pumps! Storage tanks, EFDs (fancy, right?), and all the other bells and whistles. Invest wisely, ’cause this stuff keeps the wheels turning. ️

4. Show Me the Money (aka Salaries):

Employees make the world go round. Budget for your attendants, admins, and security folks—they’re the heartbeat of your station!

5. Project Kickoff:

Time to build! Construction costs for your office space, canopies, and that solid concrete floor—it’s where the magic happens.

6. Cash Flow Crunch:

Got enough dough to start? Working capital is key—stocking up on fuel and handling daily expenses like a pro. Keep the cash flowing, and you’ll stay in the game!

7. Keep It Running:

Electricity bills, water supply, security—these bills don’t stop! Budget for ongoing expenses to keep your station humming along smoothly.

8. Maintenance Matters:

You’ve got the goods, now keep ’em in tip-top shape! Regular maintenance ensures your pumps and station stay top-notch for those happy customers.


Phew! Starting a petrol station is no small feat, but with these costs in mind, you’re ready to tackle anything. Plan smart, budget wisely, and watch your dream station become a reality!


P.S. Whenever you’re ready… here are 4 ways we can help you achieve your goals of starting, running, and growing your petrol station business:

1.Grab our copy of the pre-feasibility report for petrol stations in Tanzania.

It’s packed with detailed information on regulatory requirements, initial investment costs, profitability analysis, project expenses, estimated revenue, equipment requirements, and much more. Don’t miss out – [click here to get your copy].

2.Download a sample petrol station business plan.

Get our sample business plan to answer all your questions on writing and structuring your petrol station business plan. It includes editable and modified financial projections. [Click here to download].

3.Petrol station feasibility study.

If you have a land in mind where you want to build a petrol station, we can visit your location and conduct a feasibility study. We’ll help you select the right spot that ensures high visibility, customer traffic, and profitability, while meeting all safety and regulatory standards.

4.Customized business plan.

We write professional, tailored business plans unique to your vision. Our plans not only have a 90% success rate for raising capital and funds but also serve as strategic roadmaps to achieve your business goals.


Hussein Boffu runs a consultancy helping entrepreneurs achieve their goals through business planning and consultancy support. Would you like to reach out to him? Contact him via email at hussein.boffu@tanzaniapetroleum.com or by calling, texting, or WhatsApp at +255(0)655376543.