Building And Fire Safety

Fire Safety - Storage

Storage (e.g., General Storage, Rack Storage, Shelf Storage, Bin Box Storage, Pallet Storage, Etc.)

Nearly all buildings have storage incidental to the primary use of the building. Such storage is usually small in area. Buildings where storage is not limited in size or includes high hazard commodities may require storage construction and use permits. Prior to placing palletized storage, constructing shelf, or rack storage arrays sometimes requires owners and operators to obtain permits. The information provided on this page is intended to help understand the City of Henderson's fire and building storage permit requirements. The building/facility owner/operator is advised to review and comply with the storage requirements found in the City's ordinances, adopted codes and standards.

Construction Permit: A permit is required prior to installing storage racks, shelves, bin boxes or placing palletized floor storage arrays where the top of the storage exceeds the height stipulated in either the building code or the fire code. Use the permit decision tree to determine if a construction permit is required. If a construction permit is required it will either be a permit issued by both the building and fire safety divisions, a permit issued by the building division only, or a permit issued by the fire safety division only.

Operational/Renewable permit: This is a fire safety division permit. It is required prior to using a building or portion thereof as a high-piled storage area exceeding 500 square feet.

Fire Code Definitions:

High-Piled Combustible Storage: Storage of combustible materials in closely packed piles or combustible materials on pallets, in racks or on shelves where the top of storage is greater than 12 feet (3658 mm) in height. When required by the fire code official, high-piled combustible storage also includes certain high-hazard commodities, such as rubber tires, Group A plastics, flammable liquids, idle pallets and similar commodities, where the top of storage is greater than 6 feet (1829 mm) in height. (NOTE: Higher sprinkler design densities are required by NFPA 13 in storage occupancies for Group A plastics stored higher than 5 feet (1.5 m).)

High-Piled Storage Area: An area within a building which is designated, intended, proposed or actually used for high-piled combustible storage.

Fire Safety Engineering Contact Information

240 Water Street, Development Services Center
P.O. Box 95050 MS 113
Henderson, NV 89009-5050

(702) 267-3630
(702) 267-3603 fax

Applications, Forms and Decision Tree

General Storage Do's and Don'ts
  1. Do maintain orderly storage of materials.
  2. Do separate combustible storage from heaters or heating devices by distance or shielding so that ignition cannot occur.
  3. Do maintain storage 2 feet (610 mm) or more below the ceiling in nonsprinklered areas of buildings or a minimum of 18 inches (457 mm) below sprinkler head deflectors in sprinklered areas of buildings.
  4. Do obtain a permit for indoor/outdoor idle pallet storage as required by the Fire Code.
  5. Do keep a copy of approved storage plans, when applicable, onsite for use and reference.
  6. Do not store materials in exits or exit enclosures.
  7. Do not store combustible material in boiler rooms, mechanical rooms or electrical equipment rooms.
  8. Do not store combustible materials outside within 10 feet (3048 mm) of a property line unless the storage height is 6 feet or less in height then the distance is allowed to be reduced to 3 feet.
  9. Do not store, display or handle combustible material outside of sprinklered buildings under nonsprinklered eaves, canopies or other projections or overhangs.
  10. Do not store outdoor combustible material in stacks, piles or other configurations higher than allowed by the Henderson Municipal Code or 20 feet above grade whichever is lower.
  11. Do not store combustible, flammable, or hazardous material (solids or liquids) within the utility easement of high-voltage transmission lines.
  12. Do provide fire sprinkler protection designed for group A plastics for shoe storage over 5 feet in height.
Construction Permit Submittal Requirements (for High Piled Storage permit submittals)

2018 International Fire Code (IFC) Section 3201.3 as amended; Construction documents. At the time of building permit application for new structures designed to accommodate high-piled storage or for requesting a change of occupancy/use, and at the time of application for a storage permit, plans and specifications shall be submitted for review and approval. In addition to the information required by the International Building Code, the storage permit submittal shall include the information specified in this section. Following approval of the plans, a copy of the approved plans shall be maintained on the premises in an approved location. The plans shall include the following:

  1. Floor plan of the building showing locations and dimensions of high-piled storage areas.
  2. Usable storage height for each storage area.
  3. Number of tiers within each rack, if applicable.
  4. Commodity clearance between top of storage and the sprinkler deflector for each storage arrangement.
  5. Aisle dimensions between storage array.
  6. Maximum pile volume for each storage array.
  7. Location and classification of commodities in accordance with IFC Section 3203.
  8. Location of commodities which are banded or encapsulated.
  9. Location of required fire department access doors and exit signs.
  10. Type of fire suppression and fire detection systems.
    a. For density/area fire sprinklers protecting the high-piled storage area, indicate the sprinkler identification number (SIN), the sprinkler k factor, square footage of the remote area, and the system design density. If the SIN is not available, a copy of the manufacturer specification sheet for the sprinkler head is required.
    b. For specific application sprinklers, such as large-drop and ESFR sprinklers, protecting the high-piled storage area, indicate the sprinkler identification number (SIN), the sprinkler k factor, the number of sprinkler heads in the remote area, and the minimum residual pressure provided at the most hydraulically demanding sprinkler head. If the SIN is not available, a copy of the manufacturer specification sheet for the sprinkler head is required.
  11. Location of valves controlling the water supply of ceiling and in-rack sprinklers..
  12. Type, location, and specifications of smoke removal and curtain board systems.
  13. Dimension and location of transverse and longitudinal flue spaces.
  14. Additional information regarding design features, commodities, storage arrangement and fire protection features within the high-piled storage area shall be provided at the time of permit, when required by the fire code official.
  15. Type of shelving material used, whether it is solid, slatted, or wire mesh.
  16. Indicate path of travel for all storage areas to the exits.
If any of the terminology listed above is unfamiliar the service of a competent registered design professional (Professional Engineer) should be retained to prepare a construction document submittal package.

National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) or an equivalent certification (e.g., plans and calculations prepared by a Nevada Registered Professional Engineer working in their area of expertise). Submittals shall include the designer’s printed name, certificate number, and signature.

Stamping and Signing of Submittals (ref. The Nevada Blue Book)

Documents submitted to building and fire code officials for review by design professionals are required to be stamped or sealed, pursuant to the legal requirements for that design professional, in order to certify that the registrant or licensee has satisfied his responsibility. It is the design professional’s responsibility to prepare complete construction documents that comply with all applicable laws governing the construction of the intended improvement. Architects, registered interior designers, residential designers, engineers, landscape architects and contractors are responsible for limiting their design services to their specific area of registration or licensure.

  • Architects, registered interior designers and residential designers: Each sheet of every set of plans submitted to a public authority must contain an original stamp or electronic seal and an original or electronic date and signature of the registrant who provided the responsible control under which the work indicated on the sheet was performed.
  • Engineers, land surveyors and landscape architects: The front sheet of each separate element or professional discipline (e.g.: landscape architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, etc.) of every set of plans submitted must contain an original impression seal or wet stamp, with an original signature across the face of the seal or stamp. The expiration date of the license of the licensee and the date signed must appear below the seal or stamp.
  • Professional documents that contain the product of more than one professional: Each design professional must seal, sign and date the document, and add a notation clearly specifying what his seal denotes. For engineers, land surveyors and landscape architects, the expiration date of the license of the licensee must appear below the seal or stamp.
  • Technical reports: Technical reports shall be sealed and signed by a registrant or licensee.
  • Drawings or plans provided by a properly licensed contractor for his own construction activities: In a prominent location on the front sheet of each set of plans, the contractor’s name, license number, license classification, license limit and name of the person who prepared the drawings or plans must be listed. The original signature of the responsible contractor shall accompany this information. In the case of electrical, plumbing, refrigeration and air conditioning or fire protection work, the signature must be of the Master or Qualified Employee.
  • 2012 IFC Section 901.2.3 as amended; Complete plans and specification for fire protection systems shall be submitted to the fire code official for review and be approved prior to system installation. Approved plans shall be kept readily available on the job site. The licensee (contractors Master or Qualified Employee) information shall be on submittals as per Nevada Administrative Code, Nevada Revised Statutes, and the Nevada Blue Book. A designer of fire sprinkler, fire alarm, and special hazard systems shall hold a minimum Level II certification in their respective discipline from the