A building permit is required to construct a tent or temporary structure if any of these three items apply:
- An individual or group of temporary structures are greater than 58m2 (625 ft2). Structures spaced more than 3m apart can be considered separate buildings,
- The structure is used longer than the duration of an event or is used for a season, or
- The structure is enclosed and heated.
*A permit is also required for stages that are more than 600mm (2ft) above grade.
Tipis over 10m2 do not require a building permit. Although not required to be submitted, the below safety information must still be followed with the following exceptions:
- Traditional covering materials do not need to meet CAN/ULC-S109
- Open flame is permitted when supervised
Regardless if a permit is required, all temporary structures over 10m2 must include:
- Structural design and anchorage signed and sealed by a licensed design professional.
- Structures cannot be less than 3 meters away from another structure or property line.
- Tent or greenhouse coverings must conform to CAN/ULC-S109.
- Combustible materials, such as hay, straw and shavings, cannot be located in or near the structure.
- Portable extinguishers must be provided for the protection of occupants and the building structure.
- Electrical systems and equipment, including electrical fuses and switches, must not be accessible to the public
- Open-flame devices are not permitted.
- Cooking that produces grease/oily vapours will not be allowed inside tents without an approved ventilation system.
- 1m clearance surrounding cooking appliances shall be maintained for the movement of public and staff.
- Cooking appliance must be placed on a stable based to limit the risk of tipping.
It is best to apply as early as possible.
- Complete the Tent & Temporary Structure Application Package and ensure your application contains all required information and documents. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.
- The application must be signed by the legal owner of the property as well as the applicant.
- Submit your application through our new online eBuild software or in-person at City Hall. The City will review your application to ensure it meets all building, heritage, zoning, landscaping, engineering, environmental, disposal, assessment, open space and utility regulations and/or bylaws.
Once your application is approved, you will receive an email advising you of the permit fee (be sure to check your junk mail folder). Payment can be made online for eBuild customers, over the phone, or at the permit counter on the main floor of City Hall. Please note, the permit is not issued until you have paid the fee. Once issued, the applicable permits and approved drawings will be sent to you via email.
Temporary Building Permit
|At least ten business days prior to the event date|
|Final Inspection - After construction or set up complete|
Construction cannot begin until the permit is issued. If work starts prior to receiving a building permit, you will be subject to a surcharge.
Other permit application(s) may be required and are separate from the building permit process.
- City of Regina Parks: if the event is to occur on City of Regina property, application must be made with Central Scheduling to book the facility.
- Temporary Street Use Permit: if the event will disrupt vehicular or pedestrian traffic, a Temporary Street Use Permit will be required to close the street or sidewalk.
- Alcohol Application: for events serving alcohol on City of Regina property, a Special Occasion Application is required to obtain the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) permit. If the event is not on City of Regina property, the applicant/owner will be responsible to obtain the necessary permits.