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Do I need a permit to erect a tent or group of tents?

You do not need a permit if a tent or group of tents are:

  • Not more than 60 square metres (646 square feet) in aggregate ground area
  • Not attached to a building
  • Constructed more than three metres from other structures

You need a permit if you are erecting a temporary tent that is larger than 60 square metres (larger than 646 square feet) or closer than three metres (10 feet) to a building.

The following are the specific requirements to obtain a permit:

  1. Site plan (three copies) showing location of tent and the distance to any nearby structure.
  2. Drawings (two copies) from the tent manufacturer including dimensions and specifications of tent material and if the tent is occupying an area greater than 225 square metres, an engineer must stamp the drawing.
  3. Interior floor plan, showing location of tables, chairs, and any fixtures as well as the location of any cooking facility.
  4. Material certificate that material complies with CAN/ULC S-109-M or NFPA 701 Standard.
  5. Clearance from flammable material - The ground enclosed by the tent and not less than 3 metres outside the tent structure must be cleared of all flammable or combustible material or vegetation that can carry fire.
  6. The application must state that it is a temporary tent, including the date the tent will be erected, the date of removal, and described use.
  7. The fee is $134.70 per tent (up to two tents).
  8. Subject to approval by the Fire Department

How do I get a permit?

When you are ready to apply, bring the above items to:

Municipal Administrative Centre (3rd Floor)
40 Temperance Street, Bowmanville

You will also need to fill out the permit application and pay the fee.

How much will it cost?

The cost of the permit for up to two temporary tents is $134.70.


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