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Posted on: January 4, 2021

Fire & Safety Requirements for the Use of Tents and Heaters During the Pandemic

COVID outdoor dining tent

Tents can be dangerous if they catch fire or collapse. For this reason, larger tents are regulated by the Fire and Building Codes. Heaters can also pose risks, regardless of how fuel or power is provided. 

Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue is issuing free Pandemic Temporary Membrane Structures and Tents permits to businesses and organizations moving services outdoors in the cities of Lake Stevens, Mill Creek, and Monroe. A typical example would be outdoor dining or school classrooms. You are eligible for the free permit if you are moving your business or service outdoors due to public health limits on indoor use. You need a Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue permit for using a temporary tent, canopy, or air-supported structure if:

  • The structure is larger than 400 square feet and has one or more walls; OR 
  • The structure is larger than 700 square feet and open on all sides (roof-only canopies); OR 
  • An aggregate area of tents or canopies meeting the above requirements with less than 12 feet of separation.

Please click here to read the entire statement for outdoor heating and lighting policies, permit conditions, and more.

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