If you are planning on having any pallet racking systems installed in your warehouse, you probably need a permit. Most city building codes require getting a permit when you are storing inventory of a certain height or higher, and/or you have combustible storage (this includes the packaging, the pallet, and the items). Depending on your location, however, this permitting process can vary greatly.
One thing you definitely have to do before installing anything in your warehouse is have the place inspected. If you first implement your pallet rack system and then get the inspection to obtain a permit, you run the risk of having to tear everything down and start again. A professional will be able to tell you what kind of rack you need and if you need anything special depending on the building and the area’s requirements, which could potentially save you a lot of time and money.
Example of a stamped (approved) drawing needed to obtain a permit (depending on your location, requirements change).
Although it may seem daunting to undertake at first, if you are working with a competent rack or material handling dealer (like us), they can take care of the whole process for you. They will come out first to survey your facility and review your plans to be sure that everything will stay on schedule. The process can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a few months, so it is best to get started early so you can deal with any surprises and don’t fall behind.
If your facility is in a zone with a high potential for seismic activity, you should expect the cost and process of obtaining a High Piled Combustible Storage permit to intensify, which makes sense. A warehouse whose racking has the potential to be in an earthquake must be able to withstand it without collapsing and endangering others.
You can find the exact requirements of your city or county online in most cases to find out what you’ll need to start the permitting process. You can also find information for permitting on our website, and we would be happy to help with any questions.