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Reference for LA County Building and Safety Code

Please click on this link for the LA County High Pile Storage Application LA County Municipal Code for High Pile Storage

105.6.22 High-piled combustible storage. An operational permit is required to use any building or portion thereof as a high-piled storage area exceeding 500 square feet (46 m2). In addition to any of the requirements of Chapter 23 of this code, a letter describing the type and amount of material to be stored and the method of storage, plus a floor plan showing the dimension and location of the stockpiles and aisles shall be submitted with applications for such permits. (Ord. 2010-0060 § 22, 2010.)

footnotes: a. When automatic sprinklers are required for reasons other than those in Chapter 23, the portion of the sprinkler system protecting the high-piled storage area shall be designed and installed in accordance with Sections 2307 and 2308.
footnote b. For aisles, see Section 2306.9.
footnote c. Piles shall be separated by a minimum of 96-inch aisles complying with Section 2306.9.

901.7.7 Obstruction to fire protection equipment. Unobstructed access to fire protection shall be maintained at all time. The fire department shall not be deterred or hindered from gaining immediate access to fire protection equipment. (Ord. 2010-0060 § 73, 2010.)

901.7.11 Clear space around above-ground water control valves. A 3-foot (914 mm) clear space shall be maintained around the circumference of above-ground water control valves used for water based  fire protection systems, including private fire hydrant systems, except as otherwise required or approved. (Ord. 2010-0060 § 73, 2010.)

Pallet Storage

1910.3 Indoor storage. Pallet storage in a building used for other storage or other purpose shall be in accordance with the provisions for high-hazard commodity high-piled combustible storage contained in Chapter 23.

Exception: When indoor storage does not exceed 6 feet (1.8 m) in height and the aggregate volume of all stored pallets does not exceed 2,500 cubic feet (70.8 m3). (Ord. 2010-0060 § 95, 2010.)

2308.2.2 Racks with solid shelving. Racks with solid shelving having an area greater than 32 square feet (3 m²), measured between approved flue spaces at all four edges of the shelf, shall be in accordance with this section.

1. Racks with mesh, grated, slatted, or similar shelves having uniform openings not more than 6 inches (152 mm) apart, comprised of at least 50 percent of the overall shelf area, and with approved flue spaces are allowed to be treated as racks without solid shelves.
2. Racks used for the storage of combustible paper records, with solid shelving, shall be in accordance with NFPA 13.
3. In buildings with ESFR fire sprinkler protection, the storage racks shall not utilize solid, slatted, or other types of shelving that obstructs sprinkler water penetration down through the racks, unless allowed per NFPA 13. (Ord. 2010-0060 § 99, 2010.)



What type of permit from the city do businesses need for installing pallet racks and shelving?  The answer is it varies by city and county.

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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