Guidelines for Tent and Canopy Permits

Guidelines for determining permit requirements for tents, tensioned membrane structures, canopies, and outdoor combustible mazes.

Structure DetailsUFC Permit Required?UCC Permit Required?
Tent, tensioned membrane structure, or canopy l900 square feet or less in area and 30 feet or less in any dimension without platforms or bleachers.NoNo
Tent, tensioned membrane structure, or canopy greater than 900 square feet in area and more than 30 feet in any dimension, less than 16,800 square feet in area and less than 140 feet in any dimension.Yes, Type 1No
Tent, tensioned membrane structure, or canopy greater than 900 square feet in area and more than 30 feet in any dimension, less than 16,800 square feet in area, 140 feet or less in any dimension that contains platforms or bleachers 11 feet or less in height.Yes, Type 1No
Tent, tensioned membrane structure, or canopy greater 16,800 square feet in area and greater than 140 feet in any dimension.NoYes
Tent, tensioned membrane structure, or canopy of any size remaining in place for more than 180 days.NoYes
Tent, tensioned membrane structure, or canopy of any size used or occupied between December 1 and March 31.NoYes
Tent, tensioned membrane structure, or canopy on any size having a permanent anchoring system.NoYes
Tent, tensioned membrane structure, or canopy of any size containing platforms or bleachers greater than 11 feet in height.NoYes
Tent, tensioned membrane structure, or canopy greater than 900 square feet in area and more than 30 feet in any dimension, less than 16,800 square feet in area and less that 140 feet in any dimension that installs any electrical equipment, electrical wiring or mechanical equipment.Yes, Type 1Yes
Outdoor combustible maze less than 6 feet in height and does not contain electrical equipment.Yes, Type 1No
Outdoor combustible maze 6 feet or greater in height or outdoor combustible maze of any size containing electrical equipmentNoYes

Canopy: A structure, enclosure, or shelter constructed of fabric or pliable materials supported by any manner, except by air or the contents it protects, and is open without sidewalls or drops on 75 percent or more of the perimeter.

Tent: A structure, enclosure, or shelter constructed of fabric or pliable material supported by any manner, except by air or the contents it protects.

Outdoor Combustible Maze: An attraction that lacks a roof and is designed to disorient patrons, reduce vision, present barriers, or otherwise impede the flow of traffic and does not consist solely of living rooted plants such as cornstalks or trees, but includes mazes created from plants that have been cut and attached to an object to support them.

  1. Mazes consisting solely of living, rooted plants, such as cornstalks or trees, may be repaired using cut, replacement plants that are otherwise the same as those of which the maze is created without the need for a permit.
  2. No permit shall be required for mazes up to 42 inches in height created by bales of hay or straw.

Contact

Christopher Shay
Chief Fire Marshal A.A.S./F.O.
531 Speedwell Avenue
Morris Plains, NJ 07950
mpfp@morrisplainsboro.org
973-538-0325