Outdoor Expansion Tent and Space Heater Guidelines

Temporary Structures
  • Any tent over 400 sqft or canopies over 700 sqft will require a permit issued by the fire department (SVFPD)
  • Only one (1) side of the temporary structure is allowed. 
  • Clear and unobstructed egress pathway(s), minimum of 36″, shall be maintained at all times.
  • Fire Extinguisher(s) (2A:10BC) shall be in place and maintained in or adjacent to the tent/canopy. 
  • All temporary structures shall be properly anchored and secured to prevent movement or collapse from wind or other unforeseen conditions/actions. 
  • All temporary structures and their sidewall shall meet NFPA 701, CPAI-84 standards to ensure all temporary structures are fire resistive.
  • All smoking is prohibited. No open flames shall be allowed in or under temporary structure.
  • Only electric powered heating devices are allowed inside or under a temporary structure. These electric heaters shall maintain 24″ of clearance/separation from all combustible materials.
  • All other heating devices (e.g. propane, diesel, kerosene fueled) shall be outside the temporary structure (see Open Flame Heaters for more information)
  • Electric heaters and all other electric appliances shall be listed and approved by UL, FM or other approved testing agencies. 
  • Extension cords shall be protected from both environmental and physical damage.
  • Extension cords shall be clearly marked to prevent a tripping hazard. 
  • Lighting, heaters, and other electric appliances shall be listed for outdoor use by UL, FM, or other approved testing agencies. 
Open Flame Heaters
  • Are not permitted under any temporary structures (tent/canopy) 
  • Are permitted outside of temporary structures provided there is a clearance of 36″ on all sizes from combustible materials. 
  • Heater controls and fuel sources must be locked or secured to prevent unauthorized use by anyone other than employees. 

Any unforeseen conditions that would present a fire hazard, or would contribute to rapid spread of fire, or would delay or interfere with a rapid exit from the temporary structure, which are not over within these guidelines, shall be immediately abated or corrected and subject to review by the fire department.