28th April 2018

Do you pay rates on a mezzanine floor?

Do you pay rates on a mezzanine floor?

Depending on its use, a mezzanine floor in a warehouse or industrial shed could be exempt from rates – giving you more space at a much lower cost than moving into a new unit, or additional storage off-site.

What is a mezzanine floor?

A mezzanine floor is typically used in warehouses to expand the floor space of the building by adding another floor level. You may want to expand your current warehouse floor space to provide additional space for storage for example.

When is a mezzanine floor less likely to attract additional rates?

If the mezzanine floor is of lightweight construction, is not physically tied to the fabric of the building – i.e. its freestanding, braced and relocatable. Then it’s not dissimilar to pallet racking and it’s highly likely the rateable value of your premises would not be affected. This is because it can easily be removed re-erected and reused elsewhere.

It’s the same with a temporary building

If you are considering installing a mezzanine floor to gain additional storage, production or office space – you might want to consider a temporary building. This will also give you a very cost effective solution, without the disruption to your working space a mezzanine installation might cause. What’s more you can have a mezzanine floor within a temporary building too.

Whether mezzanine floor or temporary building – it makes financial sense

When you compare the cost of a mezzanine floor or temporary installation to the cost of rent and rates and the cost of moving in to a new unit or off-site space – then a mezzanine floor or temporary building will pay for itself in a very short period of time.

What about Planning Permission and Building Regulations?

Although planning permission may not be required for businesses wishing to erect a mezzanine floor, or temporary building under specific circumstances – there are still certain legal requirements you must comply with.

The Building Regulations 2010

All of your legal obligations in relation to building mezzanine floors and temporary buildings are covered by The Building Regulations 2010. These regulations set out the technical requirements your mezzanine floor or temporary building must meet in order to be legally compliant. Specifically, there are four parts within these regulations which apply:

  • Part A: Structure
  • Part B: Fire Safety
  • Part K: Protection Against Falling
  • Part M: Accessibility

You must apply for building regulation approval for your mezzanine floor, regardless of whether or not planning permission is required.

Thinking of taking the next step to getting more space?

This article is written as an advisory piece and you should check with your local authorities before undertaking a project which involves either a mezzanine or temporary building. The team here at Aganto have a wealth of experience, so before you make an approach to your local authority, you may like to speak with one of our specialists who can advise on the way to structure your conversation to get the best chance of a favourable result.

Expanding your on-site storage space has never been more simple, cost effective and flexible. It’s often easier to pick up the phone and speak to someone, so if in doubt so if in doubt, or if you would like to know more about whether you need to pay rates on a mezzanine floor, get in touch.

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