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What You Need to Know About Temporary Canopies

Providing protection from the sun, wind, rain and snow, temporary canopies provide comfort to people, equipment, tools, supplies and other materials during outdoor work or social events. They come in many shapes and sizes from the instant pop-up tents to permanent structures erected for a variety of uses.

Canopy Definition

A light roof-like structure, supported entirely by a building wall or other structure, and which extends over doors and/or windows for the purposes of weather protection and/or embellishment of the facade of the structure.

Membrane Structure Definition

An air-inflated, air-supported, cable or frame covered structure erected for fewer than 180 days that is not otherwise defined as a tent or canopy.

Owner Representatives

An owner or their designated representative shall be on site for each use of the temporary stage canopy. The person so designated shall know the construction documents, manufacturer’s recommendations and operations plan to be able to make judgments regarding the canopy’s safety.


Temporary stage canopies shall be inspected and approved by the code enforcement official prior to each use. The inspector shall be provided with the completed operation checklist, a copy of the permit and a written description of the construction, including design details, load and support reactions, structural stability, and safety precautions.

Tents, membrane structures and canopy appurtenances, such as sidewalls, drops and tarpaulins; floor coverings, bunting and combustible decorative materials and effects, shall be treated with an acceptable flame retardant, per FCNYS SS 3104.2. A fire break passageway or road, not less than 12 feet (3658 mm) wide, and free from guy ropes shall be maintained adjacent to the structure. All gas, liquid and solid fuel-burning equipment and appliances shall be properly vented in accordance with the Fuel Gas Code of New York State. All combustible items stored in the canopy or membrane structure shall be kept within a distance of exits and other combustible construction, and portable fire extinguishers in such numbers and sizes as required by the code enforcement official shall be available for use.

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