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International Building Codes Update

Changes to the International Building Code Affect Self Storage

With the support of its Code Committee, the Self Storage Association (SSA) successfully pursued several key changes to the 2021 International Building Code (IBC).

  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 SSA’s Senior Vice President of Legal and Legislative Counsel Joe Doherty with any questions or to receive supporting documentation for these changes.

You can see the original summary here.

Out of the Office

Thank you for visiting the Northeast Self Storage Association website!

Please be advised that staff is out of the office today, Tuesday, May 28th through Friday, June 7th. We will briefly check email through May 31st for emergencies only. The office will be closed June 3rd – 7th.

You are more than welcome to email us or leave us a voicemail at (617) 600-4481, and we will get back with you once we return.

We will be back full time starting Monday, June 10th. Thank you for your understanding and continued support!

NeSSA Has a New Address

Please note that the Northeast Self Storage Association (NeSSA) has changed our address effective immediately. Please update your records to reflect our new location:

17047 Goldcrest Loop
Clermont, FL 34714

The old PO Box will remain under NeSSA’s name until it expires later this year and will be checked regularly. Once it expires, all mail will be forwarded to our new address.

Thank you for attention to this matter!

Out of the Office

Thank you for your interest in the Northeast Self Storage Association! The office will be closed beginning Thursday, November 22nd and will reopen on Monday, December 3rd.

If you have a particular question, you are more than welcome to send us a message at Please be sure to include your name, company, email, and phone number, along with a detailed description of what information you need. You can also reach us through our Contact Us page, or you can call us and leave a detailed message at (617) 600-4481.

Until then, we encourage you to browse our website!

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your friends and family!

2017 Five-Star Sponsors

We are happy to welcome our 2017 Five-Star Sponsors:

Boardwalk Logo
44 Wood Ave., Ste 7
Mansfield, MA 02048

Chateau logo
1820 47th Terrace E
Bradenton, FL 34203

Live Oak Bank logo
1741 Tiburon Dr.
Wilmington, NC 28403


PO Box 193
Lexington, MA 02420

storage insurance brokers
750 Old Main St.
Rocky Hill, CT 06067


If you are interested in becoming a 2017 Five-Star Sponsor with CTSSA and MASSA, you can fill out this form and send it in, or contact us at or

Benefits include 2017 memberships to both associations, advertising in the year’s quarterly publications of Northeast EDGE, website advertising, a booth at the Northeast Storage EXPO, a presence at the Spring Retreat, and top billing at all of 2017’s events. For a list of all the benefits an annual sponsorship provides, download the form.

Government Regulations, Self Storage in Connecticut

One of the most important benefits of CTSSA membership is the newsworthy alerts for legislative matters that may impact my business. These alerts let me know when I need to speak up to my elected officials. Associations can be formidable opponents but the true 800 pound gorilla is the individual voter. Without the association’s focus on advocacy and the lobbyist’s monitoring activities to detect the issues that are important to self storage – rather than having an opportunity to speak up, I may be blindsided and hear of the newly enacted legislation on the evening news.
— Charlie Fritts, CPM / Storage Investment Management, Inc. / CTSSA Member

Outside Storage and Packing/Crating Services Taxable
Effective July 1, 2011

Changes to CT sales tax laws not only increase sales tax to 6.36 percent but also expand the services that are taxable. Of particular note is outside, vehicle storage is taxable as of July 1, 2011. See below from Andy Markowski, CTSSA Lobbyist.

Outside Storage and Packing/Crating Services Taxable
Effective July 1, 2011

Changes to CT sales tax laws not only increase sales tax to 6.36 percent but also expand the services that are taxable. Of particular note is outside, vehicle storage is taxable as of July 1, 2011. See below from Andy Markowski, CTSSA Lobbyist.

Outside storage, space where motor vehicles, etc. are typically stored, is now subject to sales tax. The use of such storage space for motor vehicle storage is no longer exempt from the sales tax.

Below is the exact language from Public Act 11-6, Senate Bill 1239 (which is the budget and tax bill), Section 92. What it essentially says is that what is described in (GG) will be subject to the sales tax as of July 1, which will now also be an increased rate of 6.35%. When it references sub (P), etc., that is referring to the existing language that already says self storage is subject to the sales tax.

Sec. 92. Subdivision (37) of subsection (a) of section 12-407 of the general statutes is amended by adding subparagraphs (GG) to (NN), inclusive, as follows (Effective July 1, 2011, and applicable to sales occurring on or after said date):

(NEW) (GG) Motor vehicle storage services, including storage of motor homes, campers and camp trailers, other than the furnishing of space as described in subparagraph (P) of subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 12-407;

In addition, it should be noted that “packing and crating services” are now also subject to the sales tax as well.

The state Department of Revenue Services issued this bulletin in the past regarding sales tax and self storage, and I presume that they may update it to reflect or clarify situations regarding the outside storage of motor vehicles, but I haven’t seen anything on their website yet.

Legislative Activities

CTSSA was successful in modifying the lien law to give facilities the option of notifying delinquent tenants electronically. The new law was effective July 1, 2013. We’re currently pursuing legislation that will guarantee your right to sell tenant insurance. There is strength in numbers. The more members we represent, the harder legislators listen. If your facility is not a member, please considering joining today.

Save the Date

This combined CTSSA and MASSA event is the largest tradeshow in the northeast. Details will be available soon. Meanwhile, save these dates: October 7, 6:00 p.m., Opening Reception; October 8, 9:00-3:30 p.m. for exhibits, education, and more networking opportunities.