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!

Money Out: Controlling Self Storage Expenses

As a self storage owner, investor, or operator, you have been living in the Golden Age of Self Storage. That’s right, your facility occupancy’s, revenues, and valuations have never been higher. Unfortunately, your self storage facility doesn’t exist in a void, black hole, or walled garden. There are currently hundreds of new self storage facilities under construction, with more on the way. Expenses such as marketing, payroll, and property taxes are on the rise. In this webinar, we will discuss how to keep your facility’s expenses in check with our presenter, Matthew Van Horn of 3 Mile Domination.

When: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 2:00 PM EST

Webinar: Smart Connected Facilities

In this session Pete Whittingslow of PTI Security Systems will take you beyond basic device management, beyond centralized data and reporting. How smart devices and connected facilities are changing the self storage industry. Understand how custom KPIs and dashboards allow you to gain real-time visibility into the health of your business and measure your business impact. You’ll learn:
  • The benefits of Smart Connected facilities for self storage owners/operators
  • How centralized data allows you to monitor, control, command
  • How to respond to different circumstances, facilitating real-time optimization
  • How to embrace the infrastructure and data generated to make more informed decisions

NeSSA 2019 Spring Retreat

The Northeast Self Storage Association is returning to the Publick House Historic Inn for our annual Spring Retreat!

Begin your morning mingling with sponsors and other self storage owners and managers over breakfast. The day’s education will begin with an introduction of our speaker, Rick Beal from Easy Storage Solutions. Rick’s session, The Five Pillars of Facility Management and Tools You Need to Succeed, will be split into two sessions in order to maximize the amount of material passed onto you.

You can check out the descriptions of each session as well as the day’s agenda below!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
8:30 AM – Registration and Breakfast

9:00 AM – Opening Remarks
9:15 AM – There are five pillars of management every storage facility must focus on in order to be successful. As competition increases, so can your vacancy. That is why it becomes more important than ever to follow these pillars to enable long-term growth of your revenue and business. The five pillars include:
1) Growing revenue,
2) Growing employees,
3) Gaining new customers,
4) Keeping customers, and
5) Elimination of unnecessary costs.
11:30 AM – Lunch and Networking
12:30 PM – In the afternoon session we will discuss what must-have tools are available to operators to help achieve these goals that are the five pillars. Technology in self storage has exploded in the past ten years and deciding what to implement for your store can become overwhelming and expensive. Together, we will explore how to view technology, what free tolls to use, how tech benefits your daily operations, and how to decide whether or not you should invest in the “next thing.”
2:00 PM – Adjourn

Registration Fees
Member Rate: $75 ($85 after 4/9/19)
Nonmember Rate: $89 ($99 after 4/9/19)
Tabletop Sponsor: $300 (Includes one attendee registration and a cocktail table to showcase your company’s information and materials.)
Not a member? Join while registering and pay the member rate! Your membership will last through the end of 2019 and you’ll receive all the benefits that come with a NeSSA membership.

**Two for One Registration Opportunity**
Are you a member of NeSSA? Do you know someone who isn’t a member? Register to bring them with you to the 2019 Spring Retreat and you will each receive 50% off your registration fees! Simply enter the Promo Code 2FOR1 while registering.

*Only available for current NeSSA members. Their guest must not already be a member of NeSSA. Guest’s company information must be provided at time of registration. Only one nonmember guest per member registration.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

Cancellation Policy: Refunds will be issued for the full amount minus a $30 administration fee if received in writing by April 9, 2019. Refunds cannot be issued after April 9th.


2019 Five-Star Sponsors

Thank you to our annual 2019 Five-Star Sponsors!

Boardwalk Storage Solutions, LLC
44 Wood Ave., Suite 7
Mansfield, MA 02048
Boardwalk Storage Solutions creates individualized self storage solutions to suit your development needs and build the best project for the cost. Our turnkey approach allows the owner to focus on his/her business strengths while being assured of quality and timely projects. Of course, you can tailor our services to specifically suit your particular needs. We sell success and nothing else!

Storage Insurance Brokers
750 Old Main St.
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Storage Insurance Brokers, a Division of World Insurance, is a leading national provider of business insurance for self storage facilities. We develop exclusive, comprehensive programs designed specifically for the unique needs of your self storage facility, at the most competitive premium available. Give us a call today at 860-372-4106 or visit

Storage Investment Management, Inc.
40 Lily Brooke Court
East Amherst, NY 14051
Storage Investment Management, Inc. (SIMI) is a professional self storage management company. SIMI employs a hands-on focus along with cutting edge strategies to create profits and value. Our clients work with a highly experienced principal owner who is always accessible to you. Because SIMI thinks and acts like owners, we have a unique understanding of this business and will always do our best to achieve success on your behalf.

SVN | C.M. Neville & Associates, Inc.
PO Box 193
Lexington, MA 02420
SVN | C.M. Neville & Associates is pleased to be a resource to owners, investors, and operators of self storage facilities offering complimentary, confidential valuations, feasibility studies, consulting services, and complete brokerage and marketing services to owners who wish to sell their properties. Contact Connie Neville at (781) 696-6241 or for your self storage solutions.

Trachte Building Systems
314 Wilburn Rd.
Sun Prairie, WI 53590
Trachte Building Systems designs, manufactures, and erects a full line of durable, pre-engineered, customized steel self storage systems including single and multi-story, portable storage, interior partition and corridor, and boat/RV. Trachte’s knowledgeable sales team is committed to helping owners make informed decisions. This commitment, along with over 115 years of experience, has given Trachte a leading edge in the industry.

Looking Ahead: A Q&A Webinar on Self Storage Now & Beyond

It’s easy to get caught up in the present when running a business. But in our digital and fast-paced world, tomorrow is something that just can’t wait. On Thursday, February 28th at 2:00 PM, spend an hour exploring the business needs of today while looking ahead at the future of self storage with our panel of experts including Damon Emerson of StorSmart Insurance, Charlie Fritts of SIMI, and Scot Vayo of iStorage.
This webinar isn’t your typical lecture. Instead we will have an open and honest discussion in a question and answer format between our panelists and you. You are encouraged to send in your questions ahead of time to Courtney Long.

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!

It’s Dues Time!

All current members of the Northeast Self Storage Association should have received their 2019 dues renewal notices in the mail. If you didn’t, please contact us at

Dues can be paid in three different ways:

  1. Check via mail
  2. Online via electronic invoice
  3. By credit card over the phone

Be sure to double check your company and contact information and correct and/or update any mistakes or blanks. This will help your profile look more complete when possible customers search our facilities list for available storage.

Prospective members can join any time! Simply go to our Join Us tab and select the membership option that best matches you.