Tent Permit Application

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Fire Marshal's Office
Austin Fire Department
6310 Wilhelmina Delco Drive
Austin, Texas 78752
(512) 974-0127


If you answered YES to two (2) or all three (3) of the previous questions, do not continue this application and fill out an ACE application instead. The ACE Application must be filled out by the main event organizer and is due 30 days before the event date.


If the tent or membrane structure is erected on a building, balcony, stage, platform, or other structure, it will require a building permit--unless the height of the platform from which the tent is erected is less than 7 inches. If your tent requires a building permit, please contact Building.Inspections@austintexas.gov and do not submit this application.

If any tents will be on the sidewalk, do not continue this application and fill out a Temporary Use Permit application instead. The Temporary Use Permit application is due 10 days before the event date.

If you are trying to increase your occupant load with a tent, you must submit an ACE application and it will require additional permits and permit fees.

example: Adding a tent over parking spaces may require an Outdoor Event Permit, or Temporary Change of Use permit, and Development Services may need to review to assess whether your facility can meet occupant requirements (enough restrooms, parking spaces, etc). Other departments may need to review your ACE application as well, depending on your event and tent details.

No gas fired (propane, natural gas, etc.), wood burning, or other open flame heaters, pits, or other containers allowed inside tents


User Agreement *


Tent Permit: $318 (one tent included in price)
Each Additional Tent: $64
Permit Revision Fee: $127 (changes are made after permit is issued and permit must be revised)
Cancellation Fee: $254
Each tent permit is valid for a maximum of 30 days.
Example: tent will be up for 70 days, you will be charged three (3) tent permits at $318 each.

*Fees are still due whether the tent is used or not, as the fees are for Fire services related to your tent permit (processing, review, inspection). If you cancel before the 10 day deadline, we may charge you a cancellation fee and cancel the tent permit fee.

Online Portal User Information

Please note: Prior to completing this application, the party or person paying must create a user account with the City of Austin's online site, Austin Build+Connect. Please do not create a new user account if an account already exists; instead, just log in to retrieve your Austin Build+Connect ID.
Please provide the Austin Build+Connect ID below. The ID number can be found by visiting "My Profile" after the user account is created and you are logged in. To create a user account, visit Austin Build+Connect (AB+C) Online Portal
The invoice will be added to the online portal after this permit request is submitted and manually processed by the Austin Fire Department (note: this will occur closer to the event date). We will notify you when an invoice is available for payment. You may then log in to the online portal to pay your pending invoices and check your permit status. Please keep in mind this request will be on hold until payment is received.

Application Deadline

The Tent Permit deadline is 10 days prior to the event start date by 4 PM CST. If submitted after 4 PM CST, then the following day will be your application date.
Expedited Review:
A request submitted past the deadline may be reviewed on an expedited after-hour basis if the necessary resources and personnel are available to accommodate the request, so there is no guarantee of review. There is an after hours/expedited review fee for late applications. The expedited review fee is NOT to move your review up in the queue, it is for LATE applications only.
After-Hours/Expedited Review Rate: $336 ($168 per additional hour)

Event Information


Applicant Contact Information

Event Contact Information

This information provided in this section pertains to the contact accessible during setup of the event, throughout the event, and for other questions regarding detailed event information.  If more than one person should be contacted please add those in the Comments/Additional Information area.

Site Plan Information

Detailed site plans are required for your application submission. While site plans are not required to be professionally drawn, they must be legible, close to scale and provide sufficient detail to paint a picture of what your event will look like.

Example of site plans

The following is a list of minimum requirements that your site plan should meet:

Property overview:

  • Locations of structures, fire lanes, streets, alleys, and fencing.
  • Fencing must indicate location of exits and gates.
  • Building foot print of all structures, location of building exits, exit pathways and sidewalks must be demonstrated in the site plan.

Provide a key that indicates:

  • The direction of north.
  • All areas used for the event.
  • Any special notes applicable to the event.
  • Street names.

Provide details of the event layout:

  • Size and location of tents
  • Size and location of any other temporary structures
  • Other specific details of the event

** Screen shots of a map with no details provided are not accepted.