Are Permits Required for Temporary Fabric Structures?

Temporary fabric structures, such as temporary warehouses, can provide a superior advantage over new construction. 

Fast installation, energy efficiency, long-term flexibility and overall cost savings are just a few reasons temporary buildings can be the better choice for your needs. And because engineered temporary structures are designed to stand up to harsh weather environments, you aren't sacrificing efficacy for flexibility. 

But do temporary structures require building permits?


Mahaffey Tension Series (MTS)™ Fabric Structure used as a temporary warehouse

When it comes to business continuity, FAST installation is a critical benefit. In fact, temporary structures can be installed in a matter of days. This can save your project when meeting a deadline or minimizing downtime is key for preserving your bottom line.

Because temporary structures are so convenient and functional, it’s easy to not consider them as buildings that require permits. This can be a costly mistake in terms of time and money. 


Clearspan Fabric Structure during installation

As early in the process as possible, contact your city or county building department to find out what permits are required. It is important to note that requirements vary from city to city.

As you start the process, here are a few key factors to keep in mind:

  • Location and how long the structure will be up are important factors in determining what permits need to be obtained. Be prepared with this information when you call.
  • You will also need to get in touch with the local fire department to find out their requirements, which often include submitting plans as part of your permit application. Proper exits, extinguishers and signage all need to be installed with your temporary building.
  • Find out if your city requires your structure to be certified to withstand certain wind loads. 

Temporary structures are ideal solutions for many projects. Save time and money by researching permit requirements early.

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Topics: Clearspan Fabric Structure Temporary Warehouses and Storage