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Permit Processing = High Piled Storage Permits

When the top of your load is 12’ or higher, you are required to obtain a high piled storage permit from your local fire authority.   (12’ or higher to top of storage is a requirement with or without in rack storage.)

There is an exception with regard to High Plied Storage permits; if the storage area in question is less than 500 square feet you do not need to obtain High Piled Storage permits.  You will, however, in most cases need to obtain Fire dept. approval before the City will issue your  building permit.

High Piled Storage Permits and Building Permits are usually approved in conjunction with each other, meaning; You can not get one with out the other when both are required.

Permit Services

Permit Processing = Building Permit

Rack or Shelving that is less than 5’9” is not required to be permitted.

Rack or shelving that is 5’9” or taller is subject to Tenant Improvement permits from your local Building and Safety Dept. When your rack or shelving is less than 8’ you do not always need to provide structural engineering. This rule varies from City to City. In every instance the City plan checker is well within protocol to ask for anchor detail on all racks over 5’10” in height. If you are asked for anchor detail, your engineer will need to do basic calculations to verify the math of the anchor uplift details. He will need to stamp the plans and they will need to be submitted with the permit package for review by your local authority.

Rack or shelving 8’ or taller is required to submit structural/seismic calculations with the permit package.

We have compiled a quick reference link list for business license and/or occupancy permit applications for cities in Los Angeles, Orange, and surrounding counties.  This is a quick link reference to each listed city’s building, planning, or safety departments for warehouse pallet racks, shelving, and other storage systems.

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Alhambra
Anaheim
Arcadia
Brea
Burbank
Cerritos
Chino
Chino Hills
City of Industry
Claremont
Commerce
Corona
Costa Mesa
Covina
Culver City
Duarte
Downey

El Monte
Fountain Valley
Fullerton
Garden Grove
Glendale
Glendora
Hacienda Heights
Hawthorne
Huntington Beach
Huntington Park
Irvine
Irwindale
La Habra
La Palma
La Puente
La Verne
Lake Forest

Long Beach
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
Monrovia
Montebello
Monterey Park
Newport Beach
Norco
Norwalk
Ontario
Orange
Pasadena
Placentia
Pomona
Rancho Cucamonga
Redondo Beach
Riverside

Rowland Heights
San Bernardino
San Bernardino County
San Fernando
San Gabriel
San Pedro (LA City)
Santa Ana
Santa Fe Springs
Temple City
Thousand Oaks
Torrance
Tustin
Ventura County
Vernon
Walnut
Whittier