Tents & Stages
Tent/Canopy/Temporary Membrane Structure Permit
ALL tents, canopies and structures erected in Orleans Parish require aa review by the Fire Prevention Division of the New Orleans Fire Department, flame retardant certificate and a plot plan. Permits are granted by the Fire Prevention Division of the New Orleans Fire Department. A minimum 2A 10BC fire extinguisher is also required under each structure. The fire extinguisher must be properly tagged.
ANY cooking operation conducted requires an exhaust hood, fire extinguisher, and the review of the Plan Examiner. Depending on the size, layout and complexity of the structure, a fire watch may be required. The total fees for the fire watch depend on the complexity of the cooking operations, which is determined after reviewing the plot plan, and by the rank of the NOFD firewatch personnel, the number of individuals required, and the amount of time they are needed. A fire watch is coordinated by contacting the Detail Coordinator at NOFD. If the tent is obtained (gifted or otherwise) from the Sheriff’s office, it still needs to go through the NOFD permit process and the Safety and Permits process if the size of the tent/canopy/temporary membrane structure falls within the guidelines below.
The only tent that does not require a permit is one used for recreational camping purposes.
Fees are determined by square footage and necessity of fire watch. Click here for more fire watch information. Fire watch fees are to be determined by the Plan Examiner
Please refer to the fee schedule for permit fees
In addition to the fire watch and permit fee, there is a 10% (of the total cost of the firewatch) administrative fee payable to the city
Completely fill out all applications and collect all documents listed below. Then, submit everything to the One Stop Shop, City Hall, 7th floor, 1300 Perdido St., New Orleans 70112
ALL TENTS, CANOPIES AND STRUCTURES OVER 100 SQUARE FEET (OR THOSE THAT HAVE LESS THAN 12 FT. CLEARANCE BETWEEEN THEM) REQUIRE (in addition to the above):
Designated fees, determined by the square footage of the structure and the necessity of a fire watch
An inspection, done the day of the event, to ensure compliance with all regulations
TENTS, CANOPIES AND STRUCTURES WITHIN THE INNER CITY FIRE LIMITS (SEE BELOW) OR OVER 1,200 SQUARE FEET REQUIRE (in addition to the above):
The applicant to go through additional approval processes in addition to following all NOFD requirements.
If your event has been reviewed by the Plan Examiner and Safety and Permits, they may require you to submit drawings for Plan Review, bearing the live seal of a Louisiana Registered Architect or Civil Engineer and a signed statement certifying that the tent installation is in compliance with NFPA 102, Chapter 8
Safety & Permits, NOFD
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