Is your racking fire code compliant?

When it comes to your warehouse operation, maintaining compliance with the local fire and city codes is crucial. The Washington State inspectors are visiting businesses within the Spokane area for their annual inspection to ensure warehouse racking systems are meeting fire and building safety codes.

Did you know?

  1. Any industrial racking over 5-feet 9-inches must be anchored to the floor.

  2. To anchor the rack, you must apply for a building permit.

  3. To receive permits, you will need to provide seismic engineering calculations.

Norlift's team of experienced warehouse specialists is here for you every step of the way. Need your rack anchored? We can help. Need someone to apply for the building permits? We can help. Need seismic calculations? We can help. Opening a new location that needs shelving? We can help. Warehouse closing or moving that needs racking removed? We can help.

Norlift is here to help YOU achieve maximum success and growth within your establishment. Call today for more information on the next steps!

International Building Code and International Fire Code

  • International Building Code Section 105.2 discusses work exempt from a permit, including nonfixed and movable fixtures, cases, racks, counters, and partitions not over 5 feet 9 inches in height.

  • International Building Code Section 1003 and Chapter 10 in general discuss general means of egress for buildings and spaces.  Section 1003 provides general direction, and Sections 1016 through 1022 provide more specific dimensional details based on the type of building used and occupant load.

  • International Fire Code Chapter 32 discusses high-piled combustible storage and includes guidance on what type of information to include in plans/construction documents (Section 3201.3) as well as regulations specific to rack storage systems (Section 3208).

Local Building and Fire Code

If you manage or own a business in the Pacific Northwest that has a warehouse storage area, knowing the local fire and building codes is essential for your business' success. Here are some local fire and building codes in Washington, Idaho, and Montana that are covered by Norlift:

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