Apply for a Vertical Storage Systems Permit for shelving and racking.

 

    You need a Vertical Storage Systems Permit in Surrey for:

    • shelving and racking without an elevated walking platform greater than 2.5m (8ft) in height; and
    • shelving and racking with an elevated walking platform.

    A Vertical Storage Systems Permit is not required for shelving and racking without an elevated walking platform less than 2.5m (8ft) in height. These units are considered to be shelving.

    How to apply

    Complete the Building Permit Application Form and submit the required documents, plans, and fees to the City of Surrey's Building Division by email, or in-person by appointment.

    Digital permit intakes

    Planning & Development permits can be submitted by email to permitapplication@surrey.ca. Before submitting your application, please review the Digital Submission Guideline. You will be contacted once we have reviewed your submission.

    All permit application processes will remain the same, apart from receiving the physical document copies. Hard copies of permit application submissions may be necessary and requested depending on the scope of work and project size, upon completion of the digital submission.

    Professionals you may need

    A Registered Professional (RP) is required to provide a Schedule B to accompany signed and sealed drawings.

    Prerequisites

    Prior to the installation of racks, the building sprinkler system should be reviewed by a Registered Professional to determine if an upgrade to the sprinkler system is required.

    Required documents

    Include the following documents with your Vertical Storage Systems Permit application:

    • a Building Permit Application Form;
    • an Owner Authorization Form (if the applicant is not the property owner);
    • a Schedule B Structural (seismic) to accompany each Registered Professional’s sealed and signed drawings; and
    • a sealed and signed letter from the RP indicating the existing concrete slab is capable to take the point loads from the racking post.

    Required drawings

    Include the following drawings with your application:

    • four (4) sets of plans
      • all applicable site plans and signed and sealed structural drawings

    You may be required to include further documentation, depending on the scope of work. Refer to the Vertical Storage Systems Bulletin for more detailed document and drawing requirements.

    Cost

    The Building Permit fee is due at the time of application for your Vertical Storage Systems Permit.

    After you apply

    The following condition will be stated on the permit for any racking system:

    "Any change in the commodities stored on the racking system may require a re-evaluation of the design load and the sprinkler system by a registered professional."

    For shelving and racking without an elevated walking platform greater than 2.5m (8ft) in height:

    • non-combustible construction is required;
    • these systems shall be seismically restrained according to the requirements of Part 4 of the BC Building Code; and
    • the shelving/racking system shall be sprinklered in compliance with NFPA 13 if the building is sprinklered.

    For shelving and racking with an elevated walking platform:

    • non-combustible construction is required;
    • the walking platform shall:
      • be an open system supported by the racking;
      • not be more than 1.25m (4ft) wide;
      • be used for access to the racking only (storage on the walkway is not allowed);
      • be considered as a mezzanine for the purpose of determining the number of exits, travel distances, guards, and stairway design;
    • the floor area of the elevated walking platforms, not including the racks, shall be not more than ten percent (10%) of the floor area of the suite;
    • interconnected smoke alarms (detectors for building with an existing fire alarm system) shall be installed above and below the elevated walking platforms. Smoke draft stops may be required; and
    • the shelving/racking system shall be sprinklered in compliance with NFPA 13 if the building is sprinklered.