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Tents  that are larger than 400 sq. ft. in area or canopies that are larger than 1000 sq. ft. in area require a permit for usage.  They are temporary, which means that they will be used less then 180 days within a 12 month period on a single premises.  Structures whose dimensions are smaller than these limits do not require a permit.  
Tents, membrane structures, and canopies must comply with zoning regulations  in reference to property line setback and open yards even if a permit is not required.  This means that they may not be within 20 feet of property lines, buildings, parked vehicles, or internal combustion engines, or other temporary structures.  The use of electricity, cooking equipment, or open flame may require further Electrical, Mechanical, and Fire Code review.  


This is the process for applying for a tent permit:
  1. Prepare and draw a site plan.  The site plan should include the following:
    • All property lines
    • Lot dimensions
    • Existing buildings
    • Location of the temporary structure(s)
    • Distance to property lines and other buildings from temporary structures
    • Parking areas
    • Overhead power wires
    • Location of cooking equipment if applicable
    • Fire department access
    • Exit pathways from existing buildings
    • Adjoining streets and public ways (sidewalk, alley, etc.)
    • Temporary structure design type
    • Material used to construct temporary structure
    • Size of temporary structure
    • Flame retardant certification of temporary structure
  2. Fill out the Temporary Structure Application Form.  This application is on this website or can be picked up at Marion Fire Department or Marion City Hall.  Be sure to include a site map containing the information listed above with your application.
  3. Submit the form to the Marion Fire Department or Building Department.  (Building, Zoning, and Fire Departments will all have to sign off before the permit is issued)
  4. Return the completed permit to the Marion Fire Department.  If the permit application is acceptable, a permit will be issued.  There is no charge for the permit.