Tent and other Temporary Structure Permit Requirements
All tents and membrane structures shall comply with all provisions of Chapter 24 of the 2009 International Fire Code in addition to these following requirements. A temporary use application must first be completed and approved by the Planning and Zoning Division, 451 S. State Street, prior to submission to the Fire Department.
Once this has been approved and signed by the Zoning and Planning Division this packet of information needs to be taken to the Salt Lake City Fire Prevention Bureau, 305 East 200 South. Information will be reviewed for compliance to the fire code. A temporary permit will be issued upon the physical inspection of the location and structure.
Tents and membrane structures with one or more sides having an area over 400 square feet and tents open on all sides in excess of 700 square feet must be permitted by the Fire Marshal’s Office. A permit is also required when multiple tents and membrane structures having one or more sides are placed together with less than 12 foot spacing and their combined square footage exceeds 400 square feet. Multiple tent and membrane structures open on all sides when placed together with less than 12 foot spacing and their combined square footage exceeds 700 square feet must also be permitted.
A tent is defined as a structure, enclosure or shelter, with or without sidewalls or drops, constructed of fabric or pliable material supported by any manner except by air or the contents that it protects.
An application fee of $145 for the first tent or structure and $45.00 for each additional tent or structure is due at the time the application is submitted. All Checks should be made payable to Salt Lake City Corporation. Applications should be submitted at least thirty (30) days prior to the erection of the tent or temporary structure. Applications made less than seven (7) working days prior to erection of the tent or temporary structure will be subject to a late fee of $100.00. An additional inspection fee will be assessed for inspections scheduled to extend after 4:00 pm on weekdays which consists of $45.00 for each additional hour. A minimum of 4 hours will be added to the application fee at $45.00 an hour when the inspection is scheduled on holidays and weekends. A misdemeanor citation shall be issued for failure to obtain a temporary structure permit.
1. Permit: A permit issued by the Fire Marshal will be required for each tent and temporary structure as per the requirements stated above. The permit application should contain the following:
A. A complete site plan, including the location of fire apparatus access roads, hydrants, property lines, and the location of nearby structures.
B. The California State Fire Marshal’s flame retardant certification must be visibly displayed on the tent or canopy.
C. A plan for the interior of the tent, including seating arrangements and the location and type of heating or cooking equipment.
D. A full set of construction documents including structural calculation and detailed drawings of connections are required and will be reviewed at the discretion of the Fire Marshal.
E. The time period for which the tent or structure is intended to be in place. No longer than 180 days per Salt Lake City requirements.
2. General Requirements for all Tent / Canopies & Temporary Structures
A. All tents and membrane structures must be properly secured in case of wind (40 mph basic wind speed and 90 mph 3-second gust). Securing of the structures is the responsibility of the owner/operator (refer to IBC 1609)
B. A portable fire extinguisher with a minimum 2A10BC rating must be accessible within 75 feet walking distance of all tents/temporary structures, at a minimum, as required by section 906 of the IFC. All extinguishers require a current State Fire Marshal’s inspection tag. Inspection tags are required annually.
C. No smoking signs must be provided in each permitted tent.
D. Exits shall be clearly marked when the exits serve an occupant load of 50 or more.
E. All compressed gas bottles must be secured at all times to prevent them from tipping over.
F. Generators must be maintained at least 20 feet from any tent or temporary structure.
G. No combustible waste can be stored within 30 feet of a tent or temporary structure.
Cooking Tents or Areas: Cooking tents have the same requirements for permitting in addition to the following:
A. Flame retardant certification must be provided for all temporary structures utilized for cooking or heating of food. California State Fire Marshal’s flame retardant certification seal must be visibly affixed to the tent:
B. Tents where cooking takes place, or cooking tents in an aggregate configuration, must be at least 20feet from any building or other tents. Aggregate cooking tents will maintain 10 foot separation from adjacent cooking tents.
C. A portable fire extinguisher with a minimum 4A40BC rating must be provided for each tent where cooking is taking place. If there are grease laden vapors present, a K type extinguisher is also required. (i.e.: deep fat frying) Inspection tags are required annually.
D. LP gas cylinders, up to 500 gallons, must be stored outside and kept a minimum of 10 feet from any other structure. Cylinders capable of holding 501 gallons and greater shall require a 25 foot separation.
E. Any open flame cooking or heat cooking will be supervised by an adult at all time. This adult will serve as a fire watch and standby personnel to take prompt measures for extinguishment of fires that occur and assist in the evacuation of the public from the structure. (Refer to IFC 2404.20)