In this industry, the term “mezzanine” gets used often, but incorrectly. An elevated platform, is not a mezzanine — even though it may be marketed as one. While this might seem like a simple issue, there is a big difference — and one that has legal implications. In some areas, mezzanines are considered physical structures that are part of the building, while other counties may consider them added structures. If the steel mezzanine you’re ordering is considered a physical component of the building, the codes and regulations change significantly compared to a temporary fixture.

When ordering a steel mezzanine, you need to be clear about how you will use it so that the company designing your mezzanine makes sure to pull the correct permits.

When is Something Not a Mezzanine?

Even though you may be purchasing a steel mezzanine, for safety and code purposes, it may not officially be referred to as a “mezzanine” if:

  • The function is clearly labeled as a “work platform”. If your drawings, bids, etc. label it as a work platform, it may be considered a permanent structure; therefore, you may be required to secure separate permits.
  • Depreciation of the equipment is seven years, rather than 31 years.
  • You are concerned about property taxes. If mezzanines are considered part of your structure’s square footage, it could have significant implications on your property taxes.
  • The building approval process is tedious.

Hiring the right company can make sure you don’t encounter any safety or code violations while installing your steel mezzanine. Mezzanines by Design understands all local codes and tax laws and can help you design a mezzanine to suit your needs — while staying in compliance.