Temporary Tent Permits
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Temporary Tent Permits 

The Ontario Building Code requires building permit approval for Tents and Air-Supported Structures. The present building permit fee is $75.00 per tent plus a $3.00 Service Fee, payable upon application.
 
Every tent application shall include three (3) copies of the following:
 
1. A fully dimensioned site plan showing the following:
  • The proposed tent(s) location relative to property lines and all existing structures
  • The location of washroom facilities and demonstrated compliance with 3.7.4.3.E of the Ontario Building Code (O.B.C.)
  • Location of cooking equipment, if applicable
2. A fully dimensioned floor plan layout showing the following:
  • The seating arrangement and aisle widths, if applicable
  • Use of all floor areas within the tent.
  • Location and size of exits on the perimeter of tent
  • If the tent is enclosed with any sidewalls
3. Tent manufacturers specifications bearing professional Engineer’s stamp to verify compliance with O.B.C. Subsections 3.13.1.7
 
4. Documentation demonstrating the fabric (material) complies with CAN/ULC S-109-M or NFPA 701, verifying compliance with O.B.C. Subsections 3.13.1.6
All tents must satisfy the requirements of subsection 3.13.1. of the Ontario Building Code. The following refers to the excerpts of the Ontario Building Code 2.4.1.1 Requirements for Permits, and 3.13 Tents and Air-Supported Structures.

When do I need to apply for a permit?

Every tent or a group of tents requires a building permit, except for the following:
2.4. 1.1 (5) A tent or group of tents is exempt from the requirement to obtain a permit under Section 8 of the Act and is exempt from compliance with the Code provided that the tent or group of tents are:
a) not more than 60 m2 in aggregate ground area*, 
b) not attached to a building, and 
c) constructed more than 3 m from other structures.
* The aggregate ground area refers to the sum of the total area of all tents on site. Therefore, if the total ground area of all tents on site exceeds 60 m2 (645 ft2), then a permit is required.

Case Sample:

A)  ABC Tent Rental wishes to install three (3) 10 ft x 10 ft tents for a baseball tournament that is to take place in a park. There will be no other tents installed on that day and the tents are at least 10 ft (3.1 m) away from any other structure.
The area of all three tents is 300 ft2 = 27.87 m2 therefore, a permit is not required for installing these tents.
 
B)  The following week, there is another tournament and the organizers of the event would like to have one more tent. ABC Tent Rental will be supplying the same three tents that were used last week, and XYZ Tent Rental will be supplying one (1) 20 ft x 20 ft tent.
The area of all four tents is 700 ft2 = 65.03 m2, therefore a permit is required for installing these tents.
 
Note: Every outdoor function requires a separate Outdoor Function Permit with the Fire Department, whether or not a tent permit application is required. Furthermore, If L.L.B.O. approval is required, a separate Inspection fee is applicable. 
 
All tents must satisfy the requirements of subsection 3.13.1. of the Ontario Building Code. Refer to the excerpts of the Ontario Building Code 2.4.1.1 Requirements for Permits, and 3.13 Tents and Air-Supported Structures. Note: Subsection 3.13.1 can be found under the link titled Ontario Building Code Requirements for Tents

When do I need a professional engineer to provide a field review?

3.13.1.2. (1) Except as provided in Sentence (2), the requirements of this subsection shall apply to all tents.
(2) Articles 3.13.1.4., 3.13.1.5., 3.13.1.6. and 3.13.1.10. apply to tents that
a) do not exceed 225 m2 (2420 ft2 ) in ground area,
b) do not exceed 225 m2 (2420 ft2) in aggregate ground area and are closer than 3 m (9 ft 10 in) apart,
c) do not contain bleachers, and
d) are not enclosed with sidewalls
 
Note: An application for a tent or a group of tents that are not in compliance with the above conditions will require a Professional Engineer to perform a field review.
Also note the following requirements for head clearance from the Ontario Building Code.
3.4.3.6 (3) The headroom clearance for doorways shall be not less than 2030 mm (6 ft 8 in).
Case Samples:
 
A) ABC Tent Rental wishes to install a 30 ft x 30 ft tent without any sidewalls. As part of their Building Permit Application, they will not require a Professional Engineer to perform a field review, unless code compliance is not satisfactorily provided. [Reference 3.13.1.2(2)a&b]
B) ABC Tent Rental wishes to install a 40 ft x 80 ft tent (with or without sidewalls). As part of their Building Permit Application, they will require a Professional Engineer to perform a field review. [Reference 3.13.1.2(2)a&b]
C) ABC Tent Rental wishes to install a 30 ft x 30 ft tent less than 3 m (9 ft 10 in) away from a 30 ft x 60 ft. As part of their Building Permit Application, they will require a Professional Engineer to perform a field review. [Reference 3.13.1.2(2)]
D) ABC Tent Rental wishes to install a 30 ft x 30 ft tent without any sidewalls. Their customer will then be placing bleachers inside the tent. As part of their Building Permit Application, they will require a Professional Engineer to perform a field review. [Reference 3.13.1.2(2)d] Tents2006

Information Required for Tent Permit Application

The tent is being erected for:
Company Name:
Address:
Size of tent:
Number of tents:
Installation Location:
Proposed of tent:
Approximately how many people will be in attendance at one time.
The following is included:
  • Application for Building Permit
  • Certificated of Flame Resistance
  • Schematic Engineer Drawings of Tent
  • Site Plan
  • Floor Plan
  • Engineer Drawings of Anchoring System

Additional information required

  1. Location of washrooms
  2. Alcoholic beverages being served? Yes/No
  3. Cooking equipment being used? Yes/No Distance from tent
  4. Parking Availability