The N.C. Fire Prevention Code (NCSFC) requires tents, canopies and other membrane structures to be evaluated for fire and life safety and a permit issued prior to the event. For all state-owned property, the N.C. Department of Insurance (DoI) is responsible for that evaluation and granting of a permit. Upon obtaining satisfactory evidence that the proposed structure complies with code requirements, NCDoI issues a permit in the form of a signed approval letter (or an email). DoI’s approval merely acknowledges compliance and does not constitute an agreement for use of the space. That is obtained from the Department of Administration or the owning agency/university.
The following apply when planning to erect tents, canopies or other membrane structures:
The owner must direct the event organizer to submit plans for the event to DoI at the address below. This must be done as soon as the event is scheduled to allow time for our review and for the vendor to respond to any resulting questions and/or possible site visit by one of our staff to better assess the plan. If the owner or vendor does not submit plans to DOI soon enough to allow a reasonable time for evaluation and approval, the event cannot be approved and must be rescheduled or cancelled.
If a situation arises where it is necessary for DoI to ask the local building official to review the event plans and/or inspect the structure on our behalf (e.g., due to a time or location issue), the cost for such local government inspection permits will be borne by the owner or event organizer, as applicable.
If there are any questions, please contact us at 919-661-5880, and ask to speak to a State Property Code Consultant. Our mailing address is State Property Plan Review, 1202 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1202. Plans can be delivered to 322 Chapanoke Rd. Suite 200, Raleigh or faxed to 919-662-4414.