Warehouse storage

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Do you pay rates on a mezzanine floor?

Lack of space is a big issue for many businesses, and a mezzanine floor is one option to provide a sustainable solution to expand the existing storage, manufacturing area or workspace within your facility. A mezzanine floor can serve a variety of functions, but typically it is used to create additional levels within a warehouse, effectively doubling the available floor space without expanding the physical footprint of the building. This added storage space is especially useful for storing goods, inventory, equipment, or materials.

If your business is in need of additional storage and you are considering installing a mezzanine floor you may be wondering if it will effect the rates that you have to pay in order to occupy the space for business purposes.

When do rates apply?

Business rates in England are tax on the occupation of non-domestic property. They are charged on premises such as shops, offices, pubs, warehouses, factories and holiday rental homes. The ratable value of your property may change if you alter the size of your structure by adding an extension or alteration. Additionally the rates you pay on your building could change if you alter what your business uses the space for.

Adding a mezzanine floor to your warehouse can be a good move to optimise your available space efficiently. It can provide room for your growing business but can also offer potential cost-saving advantages. One key benefit is that depending on what you intend to use it for you may be exempt from paying rates on your mezzanine floor.

By incorporating a mezzanine floor, your business gains additional space without the hefty expense of relocating to a new permanent unit or leasing off-site storage facilities. This cost-effective approach allows you to make the most out of your existing infrastructure, enhancing your operational capabilities while keeping costs low.

It's worth noting that the impact on your business rates can vary depending on the nature of your mezzanine floor. If it's designed to be lightweight, freestanding, and relocatable, it's considered similar to pallet racking due to this your rates will typically remain unaffected, presenting a clear advantage. However, be aware that additional rates may be applied if it is not easily removable, re-erectable, or reusable.

Similarities with temporary buildings

If you are currently considering installing a mezzanine floor in your warehouse, it could be a good idea to consider investing in a temporary building as an alternative option. Temporary buildings present a wide range of advantages when it comes to warehouse storage solutions. One of the key benefits of investing in a temporary warehouse is that they are significantly more cost-effective than installing a new permanent structure; opting for a temporary building can save you around 70% on costs without compromising on quality or functionality.

Temporary buildings offer a speedy installation process, and you could have a new building on your site in as little as 7 days. Unlike traditional construction projects that could take months to complete, installing a temporary building won’t disrupt your ongoing business operations. This alone can translate to invaluable savings when it comes to both time and productivity.

If your business still requires a mezzanine floor you could even take the approach of adding one to your new temporary building. By doing this your business could benefit from the additional space and practicality of a temporary structure whilst maintaining the versatility of a mezzanine layout. This adaptability allows you to expand your available space whilst creating a dynamic work environment that caters to your business’s operational needs.

If you’re considering your options adding a temporary building to your site could be a great step forward. It presents a cost-effective solution for adding space whilst maintaining a hassle-free installation. If you would like to talk through your options with a market leading professional, our team offer on-site visits they are happy to discuss your plans and offer their advice.

Legal requirements

If you are considering the installation of a warehouse mezzanine floor or a temporary building on your site, it is important to understand that there are specific legal requirements that you must adhere to in order to ensure a smooth and compliant construction process. These legal requirements are designed to promote safety, structural integrity, and proper land use. Depending on the unique specifications of your project, you may find yourself exempt from needing to obtain planning permission; however, it is important to note that you will need to comply with building regulations.

Building Regulations (2010) outline the legal obligations that should be taken into consideration when beginning the construction of a mezzanine floor or a temporary building. These regulations cover a wide range of technical requirements, put in place to ensure the safety and structural integrity of your building. It's essential to ensure you are complying with these building regulations regardless of whether getting permission for your new structure is deemed necessary for your project. This process ensures the safety of occupants and the structural soundness of the building.

Before you begin construction on a mezzanine floor or temporary structure, it's a good idea to get in touch with your local authority as they will be able to provide you with the necessary information regarding building regulations and planning permission. They will help outline any requirements for you project ensuring full legal compliance, ultimately leading to a successful and secure construction.

Next steps

If you want to know more about mezzanine floors or temporary buildings, the team here at Aganto has a wealth of knowledge and experience to help you with your project. Before approaching your local authority, you may want to talk to one of our temporary building specialists for advice and information you need to know before you proceed.

Expanding your on-site space or storage has been made simple, cost-effective and flexible with Aganto. Call one of our team today and book a free on site visit to discuss your requirements with an industry leading professional.

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