Modern warehouses incorporate increasingly taller storage equipment and pack in more inventory for high density storage. While this is good in terms of business, there are other factors to consider when you are planning what kind of pallet racking to get and how to lay it out. You need to make sure you know the local requirements before you design a new warehouse storage system. Seismic zones can change what you need and throw your calculations off.

Seismic Zones

Depending on what seismic zone you are in, permitting your rack can vary dramatically. While in some areas you only need to pay a permit fee and get your warehouse inspected, in others, there are many more requirements that can take much longer to complete. If you are in a seismic zone with a high risk for earth movement, your permit will be more complicated. Your design must pass a seismic engineers calculations so that it is safe for your building and your employees. The permit could be more expensive, and have extra parts required, which could hold up your installation.

Your equipment requirements can change as well depending on your location. In riskier zones, your pallet rack must be stronger and able to withstand movement without collapsing and damaging your inventory, or injuring or killing employees. You may have to get structural pallet rack, which is going to be more expensive. You may have to get different footplates, or reinforce your pallet rack in some way. It is important to know before you purchase and design a storage system if you need to modify it so that it adheres to the code. Many pallet rack distributors are experienced in the permitting process, and can take care of everything for you.

Since storing your inventory is integral to your business, knowing the code in your location and if you are in a riskier seismic zone is very important. If you have questions about permitting your pallet rack or the different options of pallet rack available, contact us. We would be happy to help.