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File #: Ord 23-6    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 1/18/2023
Title: Amending Chapter 55.04 of the Legislative Code pertaining to the Fire Code - permit fees for tents.
Sponsors: Amy Brendmoen
Ward: Ward - all
Amending Chapter 55.04 of the Legislative Code pertaining to the Fire Code - permit fees for tents.

WHEREAS, in support of Mayor Carter’s 2023 budget, the Department of Safety and Inspections (DSI) seeks to increase fire code permit fees for tents, as detailed in Chapter 55.04 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code, by 8%; and

WHEREAS, the fee increases proposed more accurately reflect the cost of providing permits and related services; and

WHEREAS, DSI continues to experience substantial growth in personnel costs such as health care and wages; and

WHEREAS, General Fund pressures create the need to decrease the gap between permit fee revenue and program expenses.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Council of the City of Saint Paul does hereby ordain:


Section 55.04 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code is hereby amended to read as follows:

(a) As required by and in compliance with the Minnesota State Fire Code, no person may erect or allow to be erected any air-supported temporary membrane structure or individual tents having a total foot print area in excess of two hundred (200) square feet or any individual canopy having a total footprint area in excess of four hundred (400) square feet without a tent permit.

(b) Any temporary membrane structure, tent, or canopy erected at a special event requires a permit prior to its erection. The permit, which will cover all membrane structures, tents, or canopies at the event, can be obtained by the tent contractor or event sponsor, but it is the responsibility of the event sponsor to insure that the appropriate permit is obtained.

(c) A permit applicant must apply on a form provided by the department of safety and inspections, and submitted prior to the erection of any membrane structure, tent, or canopy. An on-site inspection and approval shall be required before any temporary membrane structure, tent and/or ...

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