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    Special Event Tents (General Notes)

    1. General Requirements: “Tent” refers to a temporary shelter that is used at an open-air event such as a fair or exhibition, and includes a canopy, marquee, sunshade, etc., subject to the following:

      1. A tent or a group of tents is exempt from the requirement to obtain a building permit provided that the tent or group of tents are:
        1. not more than 60 m² (646 ft²) in aggregate ground area,
        2. not attached to a building, and
        3. constructed more than 3 m from other structures.

      2. All other tents must conform to the requirements of the 2006 Building Code (OBC), Div B., Section 3.14. Tents and Air Supported Structures.Accordingly, tents which
        1. do not exceed 225 m² (2,420 ft²) in ground area, or, do not exceed 225m² in aggregate ground area when they are closer than 3 m (9'-10”) apart,
        2. do not contain bleachers, and
        3. are not enclosed with sidewalls

        need only comply with the requirements for Clearances to Other Structures and to Flammable Material, Flame Resistance and Provision for Fire Fighting (see sentences 2., 3. and 4., below). All other tents must comply with all of the following provisions (OBC, Div. B, s 3.14)

    2. Clearances to Other Structures and to Flammable Material: Tents shall not be erected closer than 3 m (9'-10”) to the property line. The ground enclosed by the tent, and for a distance of 3 m (9'-10”) around the tent, shall be cleared of all flammable or combustible material or vegetation that will carry fire. Tents shall not be erected closer than 3 m (9'-10”) to other tents or structures on the same property except:
      1. tents not occupied by the public need not be separated from one another and are permitted to be erected less than 3 m (9'-10”) from other structures on the same property, where such closer spacing does not create a hazard to the public;
      2. tents located on fair grounds or similar open space need not be separated from one another provided such closer spacing does not create a hazard to the public.

    3. Flame Resistance: Tent material must bear a label confirming compliance with the provisions of CAN/ULC S-109, Flame Tests of Flame-Resistant Fabrics and Films”, or NFPA 701, Fire Tests for Flame-Resistant Textiles and Films"

    4. Provision for Fire Fighting: Access must be provided to all tents fire fighting proposes.

    5. Means of Egress: Tents must conform to the requirements of OBC Section 3.3. Safety Requirements Within Floor Areas and Section 3.4. Requirements for Exits. Adequate exits and access to exits must be provided to ensure public safety in case of emergency.

    6. Design of Framing and Support: The supporting framing structure and anchorage system for all tents (see conditions listed in General Requirements, above) must be designed and reviewed by a professional engineer, licensed to practice in the province of Ontario.

    7. Bleachers: Where bleachers are provided in tents, they shall be designed in accordance with the provisions of the OBC, Div. B, (Articles, and Subsection 4.1.5).

    8. Sanitary Facilities: Subject to the conditions listed in the General Requirements above, sanitary facilities for tents must be determined in accordance with OBC, Div. B, Table If portable privies are used, they must comply with the requirements of Div. B, Part 8 of the OBC.

    9. Installation and Maintenance: It is the responsibility of the Applicant/Owner to ensure that the tent supporting structure and anchorage system are installed in accordance with the manufacturer's installation instructions; it is the ongoing responsibility of the Applicant/Owner to ensure that said supporting system and anchoring system are maintained accordingly.

    10. Fire Department Requirements: Where required, provide portable fire extinguishers, exit signs, smoking prohibited signs, etc., to the satisfaction of the Halton Hills Fire Department.

    11. Occupancy: Prior to allowing occupancy, the applicant must arrange for occupancy inspections by the Engineering, Public Works and Building Services Department and by the Fire Department, to review compliance with all applicable codes and standards.
    Fire Services: 905-877-1133
    Tent Permit Inquires: 905-873-2601 Ext. 2925



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