Tent Requirements for Outdoor Events

 

BGSU groups and organizations sometimes set up tents as part of their events.  We hope that the following information will help these organizations have an enjoyable and safe event.

The Ohio Fire Code requires: 

  • A state permit is required for tents and membrane structures with an area in excess of 400 square feet, and canopies in excess of 700 square feet is required.  Permits are processed by the Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Industrial compliance at (614-644-2223).
  • Any gas, charcoal, or other open flame or food preparation devices be kept a minimum of 20 feet away from any tent or air-supported structures. 
  • Any straw, hay, corn shocks, dry vegetation and other similar combustible materials be kept a minimum of 20 feet away from the tent or air-supported structure.
  • Any motor vehicles, portable generators and other appliances with internal combustion engines that emit high levels of carbon monoxide be kept a minimum of 25 feet away from any tent or air-supported structure.