Fall 2019 - Statewide Parking Tax Update - December 2019
We expect our comments to be considered at a DOR hearing in early 2020. In the meantime, we recommend that operators that provide outdoor parking register with the DOR. We also recommend that operators collect the tax on all outdoor parking leases entered on or after January 1, 2020.
IL-SSA and SSA are working with our Springfield-based lobbyist to mitigate the effects of the recently passed statewide parking tax. The tax is 6% for hourly, daily, or weekly parking, and 9% for monthly or annual parking. The tax clearly applies to outdoor storage or parking of vehicles at self storage facilities. We have provided comments to the IL Department of Revenue in an effort to gain clarity on the tax’s application to vehicles stored or parked in enclosed units. Click for the proposed regulations and SSA’s comment letter .
May 6, 2019 - Notice to Self Storage Owners In Illinois
STOP Illinois SB1379
On May 9, the Illinois legislature is hearing a bill that, if passed, will harm your business. SB1379 would require you to turn over your facility’s income and expense data – including tax returns, P&Ls, and rent rolls – to the county assessor’s office on an annual basis. Please immediately submit a witness slip here to voice your opposition to the bill. The witness slip will give you the option either include your opposition on the record, provide oral testimony at the hearing, or provide written testimony prior to the hearing.
Please email Joe Doherty with any questions.
Update - April 2019
IL-SSA and SSA are working to defeat legislation that would require storage operators to provide income and expense data to the county assessor’s office on an annual basis. If you have not done so already, please immediately submit a witness slip here to voice your opposition to the bill. The witness slip will give you the option either include your opposition on the record, provide oral testimony at the hearing, or provide written testimony prior to the hearing.
Changes to the International Building Code Affect Self Storage - April 2019
With the support of its Code Committee, the Self Storage Association successfully pursued several key changes to the 2021 International Building Code.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.