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How Wide should your self storage driveways be?

20 feet? Not recommended

24 feet? It is the most common. It is the average new road/commercial width for two-way traffic.

25 feet? Some designers use this to make sure they have 24 feet between the two building roof overhangs.

I have seen plans fully designed with 24 foot driveways only to get rejected because the city has an ordinance/code that requires 30 feet between buildings. (often a fire thing) Engineers miss this type of regulation because it is not a zoning regulation but rather a local building code. Make sure your architect checks out the building codes before the start of the site plan design.

30 feet? Sometimes as noted above. Also, it is a nice feature for the permitted driveway.

35 feet or 40 feet. Often at the ends of the building, the driveway needs to be wider for vehicle turning radiuses. A combination of cutting the building corners and wider drives can also be used to provide required traffic turning radii.

90 feet to 100 feet. This is the distance of the parking/driveway required for a full-size RV to get into and exit without hitting the RV next to them. The wider the space the shorter the driveway length can be. Angle parking can also reduce this number.

How tall should your single-story buildings be? See the answer in my blog next Wed. You will be surprised!

How big should my office be?

What features should I have in my office?

Do I need 1 or 2 bathrooms? Should they be in the office? (locked after hours)

What building widths and lengths are most efficient?

How tall is each story in a multi-story building?

Who are the best self-vendors?

What is the minimum technology a new self storage should have?

Who do I need on my self storage development team?

What are the options to seal my self storage concrete floors?

How wide should my self storage doors be and why?

What are the 10 unit sizes every self storage should have for max profits?

What is the best unit mix for my location

What should my climate control and non climate control mix be?

How do I design my site and buildings for standard and premium units of the same size for more profits?

What is the minimum number of parking spaces are recommended?

What are the pros & cons of single-story vs multi-story buildings?

What addendums to the general contractors are needed to protect me and reduce cost overruns?

What are the biggest site plan and building design flaws?

Should I have a kiosk?

Should I have a show unit in the office?

What are the pros and cons of "red Iron" vs "light gage" design?

What type of unit door locks should I have?

What questions and answers should my team be prepared to answer at Zoning Commission meetings/hearings?

What questions and answers should my team be prepared to answer at wetland commission meetings/hearings?

What special amenity items can be provided to make your facility a premier facility, charge higher rates, and rent up faster

These are just a very small sample of the hundreds of questions that must be answered properly early so you end up with a set of premium designs that meet your goals and standards.

At Storage Authority we provide and review the design requirements with you, your engineer and your architect so you have complete plans for your contractors. Plus end up with a facility you are proud of and a facility your renters will tell their friends about

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The right Answers can save you a ton oof gold.

Have you checked out our FAQs and website?

If you have self storage questions don't forget about our Storage Authority Question & Answer live Zoom conference the first Thursday of every month at 1- 2 pm EST. Email me at for the link. We would love to answer your questions.


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