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Commercial & Industrial Permit Processing

At QMH, we know what it takes to get your commercial and industrial permits completed and submitted accurately and in a timely and professional manner. When you work with us on your city building or high pile permit, we’ll make sure everything is complete from start to finish, including final inspection and project signoffs. QMH is a full-service warehouse solution provider and licensed contractor that has a full permit service department and installation team in-house.

City Building Racking Permits

City Building Racking Permit Services

Our standard California warehouse design package includes:

  • Detailed rack engineering, drawing, and structural calculations provided by a state-licensed structural engineer
  • Complete, detailed CAD floor plan showing system layout, building exits, and office locations.
  • Site plan showing property location, property lines, parking, and vicinity map
  • Elevation plan

Additional services include: ADA Plan link; egress lighting path of travel plan; deputy inspection of bolt anchoring

High Pile Storage Permits

High Pile Storage Permit Services

Our standard package includes:

  • Site plan, floor plan, roof and ventilation plan
  • Product commodity classification
  • Sprinkler specifications
  • Permit submission

Additional services include: We work with licensed partners for in-rack sprinkler systems, sprinkler modifications or upgrades, and 5-year sprinkler certifications

Certifications, Calculations & Inspections

Certifications, Calculations & Inspections

As part of our permitting process, we engage experts who help us make proper assessments and calculations. Some of the services we offer include:

  • Seismic engineering
  • Warehouse inspections, including deputy bolt inspection, annual fire sprinkler inspection, slab uplift test, concrete core test, racking Inspection
Project Planning & Installation Support

Project Planning & Installation Support

Getting your permit approved is just one step in a project. The next step is carrying out those plans. QMH is a full-service partner, and can help with:

  • Layout
  • Design
  • Labor
  • Products & Materials
  • Installation

The Permit Process


Site Visit

A QMH permit specialist will visit your site to create a floor plan and a site plan that document the configuration and location of your warehouse racking.


Structural Calculations

Our licensed structural engineers come to your site and take measurements of your project’s location that they use to generate your structural calculations.


Package Preperation

Our permit specialists help you properly prepare your permit application with your material calculations, floor plan, site plan, and structural calculations.


Application Submission

Turn in your permit application to the appropriate reviewing agency for assessment and evaluation for any necessary corrections before approval.


Final Inspection

An inspector will visit your site to perform a final inspection of your location before giving you final approval of the permit for your project.

Why Choose QMH?


Years Material Handling Experience


States Served


Million Square Feet

Do I need a permit?

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Frequently Asked Questions

Don’t worry – just get in touch with us. We’ll take care of them! Call us at 888-557-5705 or fill out our contact form.

Permits are required by cities, counties, and states to ensure workplace safety. Essentially this covers the liability of your business and its work environment. In order to protect your employees and company as well as the city, calculations and permits are required to confirm that your materials and installation meet current safety standards. According to the 2014 California Building Code (CBC), you are required to obtain a permit if your racking material is above 5’9”.

The answer to this question depends on the height of your storage racks. The general rule of thumb is that if the top of the material stored exceeds 144 inches, you will need both the City Building Permit and High Pile Fire Storage Permit. If the top of the material is below 144 inches, only the City Building Permit is required (unless the material being stored is a high hazard commodity*). *Highly flammable material and liquids stored on your racks are considered high-hazard commodities. This might require special containment and severe height limitations below 144 inches.

Ideally, you should start the permit process 8-10 weeks prior to the installation date. We know that this can be an unrealistic time frame for meeting a deadline. The minimum time frame is typically 2-4 weeks before the installation. The process of preparing and submitting permits takes approximately two weeks from the day our permit technician conducts the initial site visit. The next step of the process is handled entirely by the city. The time it takes to move forward after submission depends on the city, but typically it takes 4-6 weeks for feedback. They will either approve the project or require corrections. If the review process goes through a county, this process could take up to 10 weeks.

The sooner you consult a permit specialist, the better. The last thing you want is to find out that the building you just moved into will not meet your storage needs. This is a common occurrence when it comes to fire suppression systems, ADA improvements, and concrete condition/strength. We protect our customers by consulting with them prior to their move, helping them make a well-informed decision regarding a new facility.

All permits are unique to their application and vary in cost. We recommend calling one of our permit experts for an accurate price. Permit costs are influenced by city and state regulations. All pricing is fixed and does not vary.

It depends on the manufacturer of the material and how it was installed. The material must be certified steel from a certified manufacturer and in good condition. The installation will also need to be done by a licensed contractor or the building owner (this excludes tenants). The material needs to be installed according to the codes, otherwise, it must be uninstalled and then reinstalled properly to code. Another potential issue is the type of anchor bolts used during installation. If they are not certified anchors, the entire section will need to be removed.

It depends on the manufacturer of the material and its application. The material must be certified steel from a certified manufacturer and in good condition. One of the difficulties with permitting used material is that it cannot be adjusted to meet the latest engineering requirements and regulations. So although used certified material can be permitted, the result is typically decreased storage capacity compared to its original design.

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