Design & Permits

Rack Configuration Layout • High Pile Storage Permit

Once we have the necessary information to start designing your system, we’ll get to work. Our team will design the best storage solution for your given space making sure they squeeze every last bit of storage space out of your warehouse. We’ll build a system that works for you and your company, keeping in mind your budget and timeline. A structural engineer will review and stamp all designs ensuring the safety of our systems. Once completed, we’ll provide you with a quote for our best design.

We conform all designs to meet and exceed Rack Manufacturers’ Institute specifications in every design to ensure safety compliance.

  • Site Survey Results
  • Pallet Dimensions – Maximum and Averages of Height, Width, Depth, Weight
  • Pallet Information – Wood, plastic, condition
  • Fire classification – Paper, plastic, aerosols etc.
  • Hand loaded cartons, sizes weights
  • Number of SKU’s
  • The flow of product through the warehouse and duration of storage
  • Raw materials used in manufacturing or a finished product
  • Number of pallet positions required
  • Time-sensitive – First in, first out (FIFO) or first in, last out (LIFO)
  • Static Selective Storage (Selective Pallet Rack, Cantilever Rack)

High Pile Storage Permit
We are equipped to help you obtain permits for your pallet racks through your city’s building department. We provide signed and stamped seismic calculations and drawings for our pallet rack systems, which are generally required in order to obtain permits. We work with you and the city to ensure a quick and organized transition of all required paperwork.

Permitting Support Services 

  • Designing storage rack systems to applicable seismic code compliance.
  • Assisting with all paperwork and contractor information.
  • Advising with High Pile Fire Consultant to ensure high code adherence.
  • Obtaining High Pile Storage Permits for rack over 12 feet in height.
  • Working as a liaison with local city permitting and fire officials pertaining and corrections or additional requirements.
  • Insisting that standard permitting requirements are adhered to, due to the potential of job site shutdown.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to obtain permits for pallet racking?

Once all the necessary materials are submitted to your local city building department, a pallet rack permit usually takes anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks depending on how busy the department is.

Does everyone need to get permits for pallet racking?

Most cities require permits for storage over 8 feet. It is the owner’s responsibility to verify whether they are required or not. Some cities vigorously enforce the codes and your business can be red tagged (shut down) or fined (often double the amount of the cost for the permit) if you do not have permits.

What is a high pile storage permit?

The fire department requires high pile storage permits for any storage over 12 feet in height. This involves reviewing the rack configuration, egress travel distances to exits, sprinkler capacities, aisles widths, type of building, type of product being stored and other fire related information.

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