Any structure, enclosure or shelter which is constructed of canvas or pliable material supported in any manner except by air or the contents it protects.
Questions regarding tent permits can be answered by the Community Development Building Inspections Division at 540-432-7700.
When a permit is needed?
Tents or air-supported structures, or both, that cover an area of 900 square feet or less, including within that area all connecting areas or spaces with a common means of egress or entrance, provided such tents or structures have an occupant load of 50 or less persons are exempt from obtaining a permit from the building division, however, must still be code compliant for wind and snow load applications. Tents exceeding 400 square feet require an inspection by the Fire Department Office before use and must comply with the Virginia Fire Prevention Code.
What information is required?
A Site Plan is required to be submitted with each building permit application. A Site Plan shall include:
Information required on application
The owner's complete name, present mailing address, and telephone number.
Once an application has been submitted, it is forwarded to the planning and zoning division for review for zoning requirements. It is then returned to the building inspections division for final review, approval and issuance of the building permit. Please allow at least seven days for permit processing time.
Following is a list of required inspections:
In addition to the building permit, if occupant load exceeds 50 persons, an engineer's stamped design, emergency lighting, exit signs, and seating plan may be required. Verify with the building plan reviewer prior to application.