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Policy: Tent Use on University Property 

Date: 06/30/05 Policy ID: SEC-013 Status: Final

Policy Type: University
Contact Office: Environmental Health and Safety
Oversight Executive: Vice President for Research
Applies To:  Academic Division and the Medical Center.
Table of Contents: 

Policy Statement

Reason for Policy: 

To protect property, life and health of individuals attending functions conducted in tent facilities and to ensure that all fire safety regulations pertaining to the use of such structure are followed.

Policy Summary: 
Definition of Terms in Statement: 

Tent: A structure, enclosure or shelter, with or without side-walls or drops, constructed of fabric or pliable material supported by any manner except by air or the contents that it protects.

Policy Statement: 

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) is responsible for all fire safety and related issues at the University of Virginia. All tents (regardless of size), whether they are rental, University-owned, or privately-owned, erected at the University must be assembled in accordance with the Uniform Statewide Building Code and the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code. All tents must bepermitted by Environmental Health & Safety prior to being erected. Final approval is not granted until the tent has passed inspection by EHS. Permit applications are to be obtained from EHS. 


Tent Permitting
Permit Application: (Word or PDF)

Related Information: 
Policy Background: 
Major Category: Safety, Security and Environmental Quality
Category Cross Reference: 
Next Scheduled Review: 06/30/14
Approved By, Date: Policy Review Committee, 06/30/05
Revision History: Updated 11/7/11, 7/20/11, 9/11/2008.
Supersedes (previous policy):  Tent Use on Grounds XIV.A.1