Tents

Building permits are required for any tent or group of tents that are:

  • more than 60 sq.m (646 sq.ft) in area (single tent), or
  • more than 60 sq.m (646 sq.ft) in combined area (tents in a group), or
  • attached to a building, or
  • assembled less than 3m (9’-10”) from other buildings/structures

Forms

The following forms are required for a permit application:

Requirements

Designer qualifications

Tents or groups of tents that exceed 225 sq.m (2421 sq.ft) in area:

  • the supporting framing structure and anchorage system for tents of this size are required to be designed and inspected on site by a professional engineer

Tents that are partially enclosed or fully enclosed with walls or contain bleachers:

  • the design is required to be done by a registered BCIN designer qualified in large buildings, or by a professional engineer

Drawings and documentation

Drawings (drawn to scale) are required to be submitted and are to include:

  • site plan showing location of tent(s) including distances to other tents or buildings/structures
  • a certificate of flame resistance (NFPA 701 or CAN/ULC-S109)
  • provisions for firefighting (locations of fire hydrants, fire access route and fire extinguishers)

In addition to the drawings noted above, tents or groups of tents that exceed 225 sq.m (2421 sq.ft) in area, or are partially enclosed with walls, or contain bleachers, also require drawings showing:

  • location of exits
  • emergency lighting
  • the number and location of washroom facilities
  • tent occupant load
  • design of bleachers (if applicable)

Application process

Prior to submission, ensure that all necessary and applicable permissions and approvals are met.

A complete application must be submitted with all the required forms, documents and applicable drawings. Building permit fees (see below) are required at the time of submission. Additional fees such as development charges and parkland will be calculated and invoiced at permit issuance.  

In person

Bring forms and/or digital copies to the IPPW counter on the second floor of city hall. We're open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

We accept cash, cheque payable to the City of Waterloo, or debit.

By mail

Send forms and/or digital copies and a cheque payable to the City of Waterloo to:

City of Waterloo 
Building Standards
100 Regina St. S.
PO Box 337 STN Waterloo
Waterloo, ON
N2J 4A8

By email 

Send digital forms to building@waterloo.ca (attachment limit is 10MB total). Submissions larger than 10MB can be uploaded through 2Big4Email.

Submit payment:

  • in person at the IPPW counter on the second floor of city hall (cash, cheque payable to the City of Waterloo, or debit accepted)
  • by mail - send cheque payable to the City of Waterloo to:

City of Waterloo 
Building Standards
100 Regina St. S.
PO Box 337 STN Waterloo
Waterloo, ON
N2J 4A8

Note that for email submissions, the permit application will not be accepted until payment is made.

Submission requirements

Digital copies are required for most permit applications. Digital copies are optional for decks, sheds and small residential renovations.

Digital files must be in PDF and complete with a digital signature with BCIN declaration and/or an architect/engineer stamp as applicable.

Submitted files must not be secured or password protected. Files must be extractable.

If submitting by email, send to building@waterloo.ca (attachment limit is 10MB total). Submissions larger than 10MB can be uploaded through 2Big4Email.

If submitting on a digital storage device, use a rewritable disk (DVD-RW or DVD+RW) or a USB memory stick.

Fees

The current building permit fee per tent or group of tents is $125.