20. Tents & Temporary Structures

A Tent or Temporary Structure Permit is needed if your structure is:

  • 200 square feet or larger with closed sides; or
  • 400 square feet or larger with open sides.

The Louisville Metro Codes and Regulations Department/Permits and Licenses Division will inspect all tents to ensure that they are installed in accordance with the Kentucky Building Code. All electrical panels and connections, cooking and heating fuel (storage and distribution) will also be inspected to ensure that they are safely installed and being used correctly.

There is a fee for a Tent and Temporary Structure Permit.

For further information, contact:

Louisville Metro Codes and Regulations
Construction Review Division
444 S. Fifth Street, Suite 100
Louisville, KY 40202

(502) 574-3321
(502) 574-5245 fax

www.louisvilleky.gov/ipl

Contact IPL

Important Fire Regulations for Event or Festival Tents

  • Any tent used while cooking shall be made of flame retardant material and have a label that has a NFPA approved fire retardant listing.
  • All cooking and open flame operations shall have a fire extinguisher that is approved for that operation on site.
  • All deep fat cooking operations shall have a type "K" fire extinguisher on site.
  • No tent used for cooking shall be within twenty (20) feet of any non-rated tent or any combustibles.

For further information, contact:

Louisville Fire Department
1135 W. Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40203

(502) 574-3701

www.louisvilleky.gov/louisvillefire