Tents, Canopies and Membrane Structures

A revocable permit from the Division of the Fire Marshal is required prior to the assembly of tents, canopies, and temporary membrane structures having an area in excess of 2,400 square feet. The 2,400 square feet is applicable to any single, stand-alone structure or the total square footage of structures directly attached to each other.

 
  • Awning: An architectural projection that provides weather protection, identity or decoration and is wholly supported by the building to which it is attached. This page does not address the installation or use of any awnings. Awnings are regulated by the International Building Code.
  • Tent: A tent is a temporary structure, enclosure or shelter constructed of fabric or pliable material supported by any manner except by air or the contents it protects. 
  • Canopy: A canopy is a temporary structure, enclosure or shelter constructed of fabric or pliable materials supported by any manner, except by air or the contents it protects, and is open without side walls or drops on 75 percent or more of the perimeter. 
  • Membrane Structure: A membrane structure is an air-inflated, air-supported, cable, or frame-covered structure as defined by the International Building Code, which is erected for fewer than 180 days and not otherwise defined as a tent, canopy or awning. 

Documents to help you apply for your permit