How to Get a High Pile Permit

What is a High Pile Permit?

Permits for storage racking may be required from the local city and fire departments. If the height exceeds the limits, a High Pile Permit may be required.

In this section, we will learn about the two types of racking permits, their requirements and most importantly how to get them. If you are looking for a high pile permit vendor, use our easy to find search page to locate someone in your area.

Pallet Racking Permit Basics

Regulations for rack permits vary by area. In seismic regions regulations are more stringent. Fire regulations are more aligned across the country.

In most areas and depending on the size of your warehouse you may need a permit from your local building and safety. A high pile permit may be required for heights that are above the regulation. Your local fire department typically issues high pile permits. Check with your local government to understand the process.

Why are Storage Racking Permits Needed?

Made from steel and if not properly designed and secured, racks represent a danger to employees. In some big box stores, racking is a potential threat to the public.

Fire codes rank commodities based on their flammability. Products ranked higher on this scale may require special sprinkler and/or fire prevention measures.

Permit Fees

Permit application fees vary by city or county. In many cases, your permit agent will let you know what they are. These are in addition to what your vendor charges.

How to Make Pallet Racking Safe?


The first step in ensuring that your racking is safe is to have the structure evaluated by a licensed engineer. A calculations package that includes dimensions, (height, width, length) desired weight capacity, slab thickness, and type of material is used to determine how the structure should be built and secured.

Heavier loads may require additional bracing. In older buildings, additional restrictions may apply.

The sprinkler system in use does have to support the commodities you are storing. Newer warehouses that use the latest fire technology should work fine. Older buildings may require some work.

Through the use of proper engineering and using fire prevention measures, you can ensure that your structure will be sound and safe.

Locating a High Pile Permit Vendor in Your Area

One of the most important steps you can take is to let a professional handle your permit requests. An experienced partner that can work by your side and that represents your best interest. These vendors are typically better equipped and set up to handle any issued that may arise.

Our handy search form can help you locate someone in your area.

The High Pile Permit Process

This length of this process will vary by location. You should allocate a minimum of four weeks.

  1. Map and survey the facility.

  2. Research fire codes and regulations.

  3. Get a licensed engineer to approve the plans.

  4. Submit the application to the city.

  5. Submit the request to fire.

  6. Take care of any revisions.

  7. Schedule all inspections.

  8. Pay and pull the permits.


Trying to get a permit on your own may not be such a good idea. The time you will spend on this is probably better spent on marketing or operations. So let a professional handle it.

Jane Shu works at a pallet racking company that also does high pile permits.

San Jose Pallet Racks is a distributor of Pacific Bend Inc pallet racking.

Our focus is on providing our clients with the best customer service and quality pallet racking.

With decades of experience in the material handling and warehouse storage solution markets, we know we can provide you with unique solutions that help your individual needs.

With a vast selection of products and options, we know we can get what you need, on time and most importantly, within budget. Everyone has a budget so we don’t oversell. Instead, we find creative ways to make sure you have what you need at an affordable price.

Whatever your needs are, browse the site but yours may be unique. So call email, or contact us and we will be glad to help.
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Pacific Bend Inc is a leading industrial pallet rack manufacturer. We also offer warehouse storage services. Our manufacturing facilities are located in sunny Southern California. Our goods and services are delivered throughout the nation.

Sales and Service

Years of experience have led us to build great business relationships. We know that our support and commitment are important. To provide you with the best service Pacific Bend Inc has developed the following strategy.

Competitive Pricing
Factory-direct pricing will guarantee that you get the best deal.


We realize that your business needs are ever-changing. Our teams are here to help. Contact one of our “Rack Engineers”.

Quality Products

Pallet racks are made of US steel material. To make pallet racks stronger a heavy gauge is used. A powder-coating process decreases wear and tear.


We have worked with clients from many industries. That store commodities like plastic bottles to shoes, tires and more. This has helped us to build a knowledge base. We can help you overcome any obstacle or situation.

Warehouse Services

Pacific Bend Inc has been in business for over 29 years. If you are in need of additional storage. One of our Rack Engineers can help you every step of the way. We do site surveys and planning. Using CAD software a blueprint for your design layout is generated. We also handle high-pile permit applications. Delivery and installation are the final steps. Our professional crews will ensure a safe and timely install.

Pallet Rack Systems

Our pallet racks are found all across the globe. In warehouses, distribution facilities, and retail outlets. Our indoor inventory is one of the largest. Because we manufacture our own pallet racks you are also guaranteed the best pricing.


Pacific Bend Inc pallet racks are Made in the USA using only quality US steel. Our amazing team of engineers and machinists have found a way to improve the pallet rack design. Through their hard work and determination, a superior pallet rack has been made. The pallet racks we fabricate can withstand more weight and damage than regular pallet racks. The machines we use to produce our pallet racks are custom built and designed to make the perfect rack.

To learn more about our warehouse solutions or to speak with an engineer about your specific needs please send us your contact information or call
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