PERMIT & CODE ASSISTANCE
As part of our project management services we offer permitting services for our clients. Permitting a project, is the responsibility of the building owner or lessee. It is their responsibility to comply with the local city laws of construction and the International Building Code , IBC. Permitting can be a long and time consuming process. That’s why we offer taking care of this process as a service in lieu of the client doing the footwork.
Depending on the scope of the project and the location of the project, the Building and Fire department will require a certain type of submittal and special requirement customized for that City’s needs to meet the IBC and NFPA. All of the Project Managers at TSS specialize in researching the specific requirements for permitting.
Part of our responsibility as a “Turn Key” Project Management company is to make sure that our customer has a peace of mind in regards to the entire permitting or design process. Building, safety and fire codes can be very exhausting and hard to understand.
We have put a lot of time and our experience into developing what we call our “Code Assistance” Department. TSS is known by most of our customers as being experts and informative in our field. We like to make sure that we understand what we are designing before we solidify an idea and move into implementation. As part of the design, engineering and permitting process “the code” can create confusion, frustration and misunderstanding which can lead to making the wrong decisions.
Our “Code Assistance” Department consists of inside and outside experts in interpreting the building and fire code, that can assist you to quickly address any issues or questions.
Be sure to email or call and let us know if you have a “Code Inquiry”
The Permitting Process
The permit process consists of a review of an array of documents: including the application, engineered structural calculations, architectural/ engineering set of plans and any other documents, such as, construction license, business license, insurance, letters/ reference documents from other trades that the City may require. The plan review of the storage products is strictly a structural and safety review of the structural integrity of the support structure based on the product you intend to store.. It also reviews the local seismic zone requirements.
Most of building departments, as part of their review, require that our plans are reviewed by the Fire Department as well (referred to as a high pile permit). This is to assess the type of product stored and how it is stored on the racks, this is determined by their evaluation of the product commodities, classification, packaging, elevation, flammability, and fire protection system. Some may even require a chemical or hazardous material report as part of the submittal if this is your first submittal with the local City office.
The fire review is also the responsibility of the building owner or lessee. The building owner or lessee is responsible to notify the Fire Department of any improvements and/or products that are stored within the facility that can cause or expand a fire. The product commodities, classification, elevation, flammability, and fire protection system are pieces of information that the customer is responsible to provide to TSS prior to the submittal. Delay on providing this information may cause a delay in the permitting process and ultimately in the timeline progress of the installation and even material order lead time.