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Posted by Stephanie on June 25, 2015

The process of obtaining city permits for warehouse storage rack installation can seem like a significant hurdle at first glance. However, with a little planning and some foresight, getting your warehouse storage rack permit can be completed in seven simple steps. Join us as we look at how easy the process can be!

As an experienced seller of warehouse storage rack systems, we’ve experienced our share of the permitting process. The first time through, permitting can seem like a real drag for those not familiar with the process, so we wanted to lay out the simple seven-step process so you know what to expect when planning and installing new or additional warehouse storage racks.

City Permits: Application Process

Step 1: Preliminary Request

This will allow you to determine which types of materials you will need, as well as the strengths and weight capacities of the materials you’ll need for your project.

Step 2: Site Visit

We’ll send a specialist to your site to determine where the warehouse storage racking will be placed and in which configuration. With that, we create a warehouse floor plan of your racking systems along with a site plan.

Step 3: Structural Calculations

This is similar to your preliminary request but more detailed with all the specific measurements determined during the site visit. Especially in California with its frequent seismic activity (i.e. lots of earthquake activity daily), your structural calculations will include seismic information for your specific address, which is all done by our structural engineer.

Step 4: Prepare Package for Presentation

The idea behind the first three steps is to make sure we have all of the “T’s” crossed and “I’s” dotted. It’s far easier to get approval when your permit package is prepared correctly than to have to resubmit because of errors or missing information.

Step 5: Submit Project to City & City Review

Once your city receives your plan, they’ll review it and either pass it along to the inspector, or return it for corrections to be made before approval. This is where the process can get prolonged. When we submit to the city, it’s all in their hands. We work diligently to submit applications for city permits in a timely manner but from that point, the lead time for approval will vary by city.

Step 6: Approval or Corrections

Either your permit package is approved or there are corrections that need to be made. If corrections need to be made, we’ll be there to help you along the way towards getting approval. Usually these are minute details that pertain to your specific project.

Step 7: Final Inspection

Once the city approves the paperwork, they’ll assign an inspector to visit your site and perform a final inspection and give you final approval for the warehouse racking project.

With the right planning and QMH there to help you through the process, obtaining warehouse permits from any city in California can be a breeze. If you have more questions about how to plan or apply for a permit from your city for warehouse racking, contact us at 800 404 RACK (7225) or visit QMHInc.com for a live chat with one of our professionals.

Questions? Call 800-404-RACK (7225)

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With over 32 years of experience in material handling, QMH is committed to providing end-to-end solutions for companies with distribution, logistic and warehousing needs. From permit approval management to full-service execution from the ground up, QMH delivers unique solutions providing distinct value in record time.