General Requirements for The Use of Tents
Texas A&M University uses the 2015 International Fire Code and the 2012 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Life Safety Code© as the guideline for this document and inspections.
All tents and membrane structures having an area in excess of 400 SF shall not be erected, operated or maintained for any purpose without first obtaining a permit and approval from the University Authority Having Jurisdiction (Environmental Health & Safety). IFC 3103.2
Exception: Tents open on all sides having a maximum size of 700 SF and a minimum clearance of 12 feet to all structures and other tents are exempted from permitting. Also, the aggregate area of multiple tents placed side by side without a fire break clearance of 12 feet, not exceeding 700 SF. IFC 3103.2
1. Tent – A structure, enclosure or shelter, with or without sidewalls or drops, constructed of fabric or pliable material supported by any manner except by air or the contents that it protects. IFC 202
2. Noncombustible Material – A material that, in the form in which it is used and under the conditions anticipated will not ignite, burn, support combustion, or release flammable vapors when subjected to fire or heat.
3. Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) – The organization, office or individual responsible for enforcing the requirements of a code, standard, or approving equipment, materials, an installation or procedure.
Tents and membrane structure designed to meet all of the requirements in this document and approved by the AHJ shall be permitted to be used as a temporary structure.
· Fires built on the ground and open fire pit devices are prohibited.
· Smoking shall not be permitted in any tent or membrane structure. NFPA 101, 126.96.36.199, 7.4.1
· Exit doors shall swing in the direction of exit travel. IFC 3103.12.4
*Definitions as defined by NFPA 102, Standard for Grandstands, Folding and Telescoping Seating, Tents, and Membrane Structures, 2006 edition.
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