Tents and canopies used for temporary periods must comply with planning, building, and fire permitting requirements, including but not limited to:
- To install a tent or canopy over 400 square feet, you must obtain a permit and get approval from the Fire Prevention Bureau email@example.com. Operators installing tents and canopies less than 400 square feet in area are encouraged to schedule an inspection with the Fire Prevention Bureau, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To install a tent or canopy of over 200 square feet on private property, you must obtain a permit from the Planning & Building Department, email@example.com.
- Multiple tents totaling more than 700 square feet in area must not be placed side by side without a fire break clearance of 12 feet between tents and will require a fire inspection to ensure fire break clearance.
- Placement of tents or canopies must provide compliant access to persons with disabilities and life safety egress (i.e., not blocking fire exits). Before installing a tent or canopy attached to a building, you must contact the Planning & Building Department. Please email a drawing of your desired design to firstname.lastname@example.org. All tents/canopies affixed to a building or other structure, must obtain approval prior to being erected.
Structural stability and anchorage are required. Operators must follow all manufacturer’s guidelines for securing tents and canopies to prevent movement, damage, or collapse due to weather or wind.