The Utah Self Storage Association, together with the national Self Storage Association, is working on a number of issues to protect and improve your regulatory arena.
March 2021 - Changes to Lien Sale Advertising in Utah
Starting later this spring, Utah self storage operators can realize significant savings by advertising sales outside of the newspaper. Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signed legislation allowing operators to avoid newspaper advertising if they meet the lien law’s requirements for sending direct notice to the tenant. Specifically, operators must send direct notice to the tenant by U.S. mail with certificate of mailing or certified mail, or by email with a return receipt or response.
Operators must still advertise lien sales, but are free to decide which method of advertising is most effective for their business. For example, these include online auction websites, Facebook Marketplace, and Craigslist.
The law takes effect on May 4, 2021.
The national SSA has many resources and webinars available focused on COVID-19 and our industry. Click here to access news about COVID-19 and self storage. Invitations to register for the webinars are being sent to state and national members, specifically, the primary contact's email address.
For the latest information from Utah on the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the governor’s office website and your state’s department of health here. Be sure to carefully monitor the situation and check on updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) www.cdc.gov, regulatory agencies as well as local health officials.
Please also read the letter from Tim Dietz, SSA President and CEO, that provides resources and information related to states of emergency and pricing restrictions here.
11-09-20 - New COVID-19 Mask and Signage Mandates Now in Effect
Utah Governor Gary Herbert issued an order that requires businesses, including storage facilities, to mandate usage of masks by employees and patrons while on site as well as to implement additional preventive measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.
More specifically, storage owners and operators must:
- Require each employee and contractor to wear a face mask while at work;
- Require each patron that enters the premises of the business to wear a face mask, including in an area of ingress or egress;
- Require at least six feet of physical distance, including in an area of ingress or egress, between each separate household group at a business.
Further, each business must:
- Post conspicuous signage at each entrance to the business that lists COVID-19 symptoms;
- Ask employees and customers experiencing COVID-19 symptoms to stay home; and
- Provide notice of face mask and physical distancing requirements.
The order is in effect from November 9, 2020 until November 23, 2020, unless otherwise extended, modified, or rescinded.
UT-SSA members should review the order now and implement the required measures as quickly as possible.
03/30/2020 - New Leave Law to Impact Storage Industry, Effective April 1
As reported last week, the new federal leave law takes effect on April 1. Employers must provide notice to their employees immediately if they have not done so already. The notice can be found here.
SSA’s updated FAQs can be found here. The updated FAQs answer questions on issues such as the posting requirements for the notice and the limited exemption available to employers with fewer than 50 employees.
The Department of Labor’s complete FAQs can be found here.
Employers are strongly encouraged to discuss the new law with their legal counsel. Please email Joe Doherty, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions.
Changes to the International Building Code Affect Self Storage - March 2019
With the support of its Code Committee, the Self Storage Association successfully pursued several key changes to the 2021 International Building Code.
- An exception has been added to IBC Section 2902.3.3 to permit an increase in the location (to greater than every other floor) and maximum distance of travel (to greater than 500 ft) for restrooms. The location and travel distance must be approved by the code official.
- The maximum allowable height of sprinklered facilities made of Type IIB materials (unprotected steel) and Type IIIB materials (noncombustible or fire-retardant-treated wood stud exterior walls and any interior construction) has been increased from 3 stories to 4 stories. The Code continues to have total floor and building square footage limits.
- Pursuant to modified IBC Section 903.2.9, storage facilities are exempt from the automatic sprinkler system requirement if: (1) the total fire area is 12,000 sq. ft. or less; (2) the combined total fire areas are 24,000 sq. ft. or less; (3) the facility is no greater than one story above grade plane; and (4) all storage spaces are accessed directly from the exterior.
These changes go into effect as they are adopted by local and state governments over the next several years. Prior to the adoption on the local and state level, storage developers can request that the code official rely on the 2021 changes as acceptable alternative methods of construction pursuant to section 104.11 of the existing International Building Code.
Please email Joe Doherty with any questions or to receive supporting documentation for these changes