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Tent Permit

An operational permit is required to operate an air-supported temporary membrane structure or a tent having an area in excess of 200 sq. ft. or a canopy in excess of 400 sq. ft. (See Section 105.6.13 of the Philadelphia Fire Code for exceptions).

Prerequisite Approvals: Before obtaining an operations permit, your project may need to receive approvals from various city departments if your project meets the listed condition.

  • Encroachments on the public way, contact the Streets Department (Room 940 – 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd., 215.686.5503)
  • Tents located on Fairmount Park property, contact the Department of Parks and Recreation (790 City Hall, 15-686-4524)

Construction Documents: Applicants must provide a detailed site and floor plan for tents or membrane structures with an occupant load of 50 or more.  The floor plan shall indicate the following details (F-2403.6):

  • Means of Egress of the Facility
  • Seating Capacity
  • Arrangement of the seating and locations
  • Type of heating and electrical equipment

Flame Spread Documentation for the structure: A certificate certifying that the tents, membrane structure, and their appurtenances meet the flame propagations performance criteria of NFPA 701 (F-2404.2)

License Requirements: Tent installer must possess a Philadelphia Commercial Activity License.

See Section for additional requirements for tents accessory to Group A-2 nightclub occupancies.

Processing Time: Walk-ins are processed on the same day; mail-ins are processed within 7 business days.

Permit Fee: $ 100/ tent;  $200 for set-ups occurring on weekends or after 4 p.m.

Payment Information

RETURNED CHECKS: If your check is returned unpaid for insufficient or uncollected funds, (1) you authorize The City of Philadelphia or its agent to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account to collect a fee of $20; and (2) The City of Philadelphia or its agent may re-present your check electronically to your depository institution for payment.