Office of Environment Health & Safety Code Administration and Enforcement 1400 Washington Avenue, Chemistry B-73 Albany, NY 12222 PH: 518-442-3495 Fax: 518-442-3783 CODE COMPLIANCE INFORMATION TENTS, CANOPIES, AND OTHER MEMBRANE STRUCTURES Many of the fire and life safety enhancements found in today 9s society are borne out of tragedy. This is the case with the use of tent structures for special events. In July of 1944, the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus performed in Hartford, Connecticut.
A fire broke out in a tent, resulting in the deaths of 167 people. The tent had been waterproofed with a mixture of paraffin and gasoline. The fire spread quickly and with great intensity.
Like the Seton Hall dormitory in 2001, and the Warwick Rhode Island nightclub fire in 2003, the Hartford Circus fire heightened public awareness of the need for fire safety improvements in special events using fabric structures. New protections for the public began to emerge in codes and legislations throughout the nation. In New York State, the current Fire Code requires a permit for tents and canopies used for public events.
This allows review of the proposed tent 9s use, ensuring that materials and layouts are in conformance with current life safety standards. ... more. less.
The code also requires periodic inspections to verify that exits are maintained, and that sources of ignition are secured. Office of Environment Health & Safety Code Administration and Enforcement 1400 Washington Avenue, Chemistry B-73 Albany, NY 12222 PH: 518-442-3495 Fax: 518-442-3783 Quick Permit Application Tents, Canopies, and other Membrane Structures (Fire Code of New York State 2401.2) Tent or Canopy:__________________________________________ Location*________________________________________________ Tent Size:_______________________________________________ Use of Tent:_____________________________________________ Dates of Operation:_______________________________________ Operator Name:__________________________________________ Operator Address_________________________________________ (Non-UAlbany Operator) Operator Phone #:________________________________________ Operator Fax#:___________________________________________ Tent Vendor:_____________________________________________ Vendor Address:__________________________________________ Vendor Phone#:__________________________________________ Vendor Fax#:____________________________________________ Required Submittals: f Tent Vendor Workers 9 Compensation Insurance Certificate ( http://www.albany.edu/dhs/code WCI.pdf ) f Tent Certificate (s) of Flammability *LOCATION: Attach description or drawing.<br><br> Describe distances from building and other tents . Certificate of Operation and Compliance Inspection Report Tents and Other Membrane Structures Office of Environment Health & Safety Code Administration and Enforcement 1400 Washington Avenue, Chemistry B-73 Albany, NY 12222 PH: 518-442-3495 Fax: 518-442-3783 Permit No:___________ Inspection Date __/__/__ Inspection Time __:__ HRS Location _______________ Operator ________________ FC-NYS Description PASS VIOLATION NA 2403.2 Construction Permit 2403.2 Certificate of Operation FC-NYS Compliance Checklist PASS VIOLATION NA 2403.7.2 Separation Distance 2403.7.5 12 9 Fire Break 2403.8 Anchorage 2404.2 Flame Resistant Material, NFPA 701 2404.3 Label 2404.4 Certification 2404.5 Combustible Materials, Vegetation 2404.6 310.3 cNo Smoking d Signage 2404.7 Open Exposed Flame 2404.12 906 Portable Fire Extinguishers 2403.11.1 Means of Egress 605 Electrical Hazards 2404.15 Heating and Cooking Equipment 2404.16 LP Gas 2404.17 Flammable and Combustible Liquids 2404.19 Generators 2404.22 Housekeeping, Combustible Waste Aforementioned code violations have been noted. Violations shall be corrected immediately by the operator and / or owner.<br><br> Tent or Membrane Structure will be re-inspected for compliance on ____________________, 20___ Tent has been inspected and this Certificate of Operation is issued this ______ day of _____________, 20____ This Certificate of Operations expires ______________,20_____. Tent will be re-inspected on or before expiration date. __________________________________________________ University at Albany Code Administration & Enforcement<br><br>