Conditions for Use of Tents,
and Temporary Membrane Structures
The Building Code Division must approve
and provide authorization for use of
tents, canopies, and temporary membrane
structures on University of Minnesota
grounds. Contact Scott Holm at
612-625-0826 for approval and
The following provisions apply to tents
and membrane structures having an area
in excess of 200 square feet and
canopies in excess of 400 square feet.
Additional Information may be obtained
& Special Events
These structures shall not be used
for a period of more than 180 days
within a 12-month period on a single
Tents, including guywires and
ropes, shall not be located within
20 feet of other tents, temporary
membrane structures, buildings,
automobiles, or property lines.
These structures shall be properly
constructed and erected to prevent
weather related collapse.
Documentation of structural
stability shall be provided upon
Tents shall not obstruct fire or
These structures shall be
constructed of flame-resistant
material or shall be treated with a
flame retardant in an approved
manner. Floor coverings and
combustible decorative materials
shall be composed of like material.
Labels shall be affixed bearing
identification of such material.
Portable fire extinguishers shall
Seating arrangements and maximum
occupant load shall be in accordance
with the building code.
Exits shall be placed so that all
points are 100 feet or less from an
exit. The number of required exits
shall be based upon occupant load.
Exit signs shall be installed at
required exits when serving an
occupant load greater than 50. Exit
signs shall be illuminated with an
occupant load greater than 300.
Sources of ignition, cooking, use
of flammable and combustible
liquids, and LP gas must be
identified and specifically
Electrical use and wiring must be
conducted by or under the approval
of Facilities Management.
Smoking is prohibited in tents and