If you are setting up a tent for an event or business, you may need a tent permit from the Fire Marshal’s Office


See fee schedule.


What you will need for the application:

  • Date of application
  • Tent company name
  • Tent location, its use, the number of tents and their sizes
  • Setup and takedown date
  • Phone number of applicant and the emergency contact
  • Detailed site plan including:
    • Location of the tent
    • Distance in feet between the tent and other structures on the site
  • Certificate of flame resistance
  • Letter of authorization

Things to consider

  • You must keep the validated receipt and a copy of the permit application packet at the site
  • We issue tent permits for 30 days at a time not to exceed 180 days
  • You must submit a tent permit application a minimum of five business days prior to setup date
  • Site requirements:
    • A minimum of 10 feet between the tent and any structures
    • A minimum of 10 feet between stake lines
  • The Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) has the right to deny this permit and any future permits if you do not follow any of the above requirements
  • Tents shall only be erected for a max. of 180 days

How to

  1. Download the application
  2. Complete and submit the application:

What's next

  1. Turn in the permit application at least five business days prior to tent setup
  2. We will process the application
  3. Our inspectors will come out and see the area where you want to set up the tent
  4. If approved, the inspector will give you the permit at the inspection


If you are selling sparklers, you need to apply for a Tent and Sparkler permit.

Get help

Department: Fire Rescue - Fire Marshal's Office
Email: firemarshal@hcfl.gov
Phone: (813) 744-5541

Last Modified: 1/15/2024, 8:29:44 PM

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