Fire Rules for Tents, Canopies, Trailers, and Cooking

Fire Safety


All tents, canopies, or other membrane structures cannot be within 20 feet of lot lines, buildings, other tents, parked vehicles, or internal combustion engines. Guy lines included. (Fire Code 2403.8.2)


Exit requirements for tents:
  1. Any openings must remain open unless covered by flame resistant curtain. Curtains shall be of a color, or colors, that contrast with the tent.
  2. Opening curtains must be free sliding on metal support
  3. Exit supports on openings must be 80 in. above floor level
  4. When opened no part may obstruct exits
  5. All tents and Canopies must have at least one exit. Occupant loads of 10 to 199 must have at least 2 means of egress (exits) with a width of 72 in. each
  6. 200 to 499 must have at least 3 means of egress with a width of 72 in.
  7. 500 to 999 must have at least 4 means of egress with a width of 96 in.
(Fire Code2. 2403.12.3)

Exit Signs:

Exits shall be clearly marked when occupant load is 50 or more (Fire Code 2403.12.6)


All tents as defined by the fire code and being used for a structure, shelter or fully enclosed shall have a Flame Retardant Certificate indicating the size of the tent, type of fabric, and the chemical used to treat a fire. This DOES NOT apply to canopies. (Fire Code 2404.3)

Fire Department Access:

Fire Department Access Roads will be made available at all times during the event so emergency apparatus can have access to all structures. (Fire Code 2403.8.1)


  1. NO SMOKING in tents or canopies
  2. No smoking signs shall be conspicuously posted
(Fire Code 2404.6)

Exposed Flame:

Open flame or other devices emitting flame, fire, heat or any flammable or combustible liquids, gas, charcoal or other cooking devices shall not be permitted inside or within 20 feet of the tent unless approved by the Fire Marshal. (Fire Code 2404.7)

Portable Fire Extinguishers:

Portable fire extinguishers shall be provided as required within 75 feet of travel distance. Fire Extinguishers need to be secured or mounted for ease of access.
(Fire Code 2404.12)

Protective mats or other approved means shall be placed over electrical cables on walkways.


Generators shall be at least 20 feet from any structure or canopy and not accessible to the public. (Fire Code 2404.19)

Combustible Materials:

Flammable or Combustible materials/liquids shall be at least 50 feet from all tents, canopies and structures. (Fire Code 2404.17.2)

Cooking Tents:

  1. Must be a separate tent from the public
  2. Must be at least 20 feet away from other tents and structures
  3. Restrictions do not apply to warming devices with no open flame or heat (Fire Code 2404.15.3)


  1. Cooking and Heating shall NOT be located within 10 feet of an exit or combustible materials. (Fire Code 2404.15.3)
  2. All cooking tents, canopies, and trailers must have an approved 2A:10BC fire extinguisher (Fire Code 904.11.5
  3. If vegetable or animal fat is present, a Class K extinguisher is required (Fire Code 904.11.5)
  4. All food vendors shall have a Temporary Health Permit and have a passing inspection by the Gillespie County Health Division prior to the start of the event.

LP Gas:

  1. No storage of LP gas containers is allowed in any tent or canopy
  2. Safety release valves shall be pointed away from tents
  3. 500 gallons or less, the tanks have to be at least 10 feet away from tent
  4. Tanks shall be secured in the upright position and protected from vehicular and pedestrian traffic

Cooking in Trailers:

  1. Cooking done inside a trailer shall be required to have a Type I hood system that is UL300 or UL300A rated if using deep fat frying (Fire Code 610, 904.2.1 and 904.11)
  2. Hood systems should be inspected every 6 months (Fire Code 904.11.6.4)
  3. All gas, solid, or liquid fuel burning inside a trailer must be vented to the outside with an approved venting system and spark arrestor (Fire Code 2404.15.2)