Tents, Canopies and Temporary Membrane Structures Permit

The Tents, Canopies and Temporary Membrane Structures permit is for the temporary erection of structures that are air-inflated, air-supported, cable or frame-covered, enclosures, shelters, constructed of fabric or pliable materials with or without sidewalls. Permits are required for tents with sides, membrane structures and temporary stage canopies that exceed 400 square feet. This permit also applies to tents without sides that are more than 700 square feet.

Important Things to Know

  • Structures cannot be erected for more than 180 days within a 12 month period on a single premises.
  • Primary use of tent, canopy and/or other membrane structure will need to be indicated in the application process.
  • Fire department access roads cannot be blocked by tents, canopies and/or other membrane structures.
  • If the structure is being used as a cooking tent, other requirements will apply.

Application Materials

Before applying for this permit, please have the following materials ready:

Prevention Plan Drawings

The prevention plan drawings should be detailed site plans that include: distances to lot lines, buildings and other tents, canopies and other membrane structures, square foot area to be covered (this determines occupant load, exit requirements, etc).


Other items to be prepared to provide when applying include: exit requirements (number, size and signs) based on occupant load, portable fire extinguishers (location and quantity) and "no smoking" signs (location and quantity).


  1. Log in to our online permitting and licensing system. If you are a first time user of this system, you will need to create an account.
  2. After logging in, click "Apply" and select "Fire Permit" from the top menu bar.
  • Review and accept the online disclaimer and complete the application.
  • In your application you will have the opportunity to request an inspection date and time. Please note that the Fire Department will contact you directly to confirm your inspection time.

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