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We have compiled the latest news and resources related to the self storage industry in your state.

Legislative Efforts

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. In 2013, the UTSSA successfully updated several lien law provisions, providing consistency with statues in other states. 

December 5, 2019

Contact your State Representative Before Next Week

We need your help NOW to defeat a statewide tax on self storage rents that is currently under consideration in Utah. 

The state legislature has convened a tax reform task force. The task force’s draft bill includes a tax on self storage rents. The full legislature may vote on a tax reform bill as early as next week. We are asking the self storage community in Utah to call or email the following members of the task force and ask them to support removal of the proposed tax on self storage. 

It is most important for each representative to hear from individuals who know the representative or who live, work, or own a business in the representative’s district. 

Rep. Francis Gibson - Mapleton

Rep. Joel Briscoe – Salt Lake City

Rep. Tim Quinn – Heber City

Rep. Mike Schultz – Hooper

Rep. Robert Spendlove – Sandy

Questions? Please email Joe Doherty.

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. 

  1. 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.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.