Conditions for Use of Tents, Canopies,
and Temporary Membrane Structures
The Building Code Division must approve and
for use of tents, canopies, and temporary membrane structures on
University of Minnesota grounds. Contact Scott Holm at 612-625-0826 for
approval and authorization.
The following provisions apply to tents and
having an area in excess of 200 square feet and canopies in excess of
400 square feet.
Additional Information may be obtained from: Tents/Canopies &
These structures shall not be used for a
period of more than 180 days within a 12-month period on a single
including guywires and ropes, shall not be located within 20 feet of
other tents, temporary membrane structures, buildings, automobiles, or
These structures shall be
properly constructed and erected to prevent weather related collapse.
Documentation of structural stability shall be provided upon request.
Tents shall not obstruct fire or rescue
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
Portable fire extinguishers shall be provided.
Seating arrangements and maximum occupant load
shall be in accordance with the building code.
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.
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.
ignition, cooking, use of flammable and combustible liquids, and LP gas
must be identified and specifically authorized.
Electrical use and wiring must be conducted by
or under the approval of Facilities Management.
Smoking is prohibited in tents and membrane