The University of Akron
Requirements for Canopies and Tents

State of Ohio Requirements:
Permits are required for all tents over 200 square feet, and canopies (open sides at least 75%) over 400 square feet, per Ohio Building Code 3102.1 and Ohio Fire Code 2403.2. These requirements are in addition to any requirements of The University of Akron.


  • Tents used exclusively for recreational camping purposes.

  • Canopies open on all sides which comply with all of the following:

2.1. Individual canopies having a maximum size of 700 square feet (~ 26' by 26') (65m square).

2.2. The aggregate area of multiple canopies placed side by side with a minimum clearance of less than 12 feet (3658mm), not exceeding 700 square feet (65m squared).

2.3. A minimum clearance of 12 feet (3658 mm) to all structures and other tents.

These permits are in addition the approval process of The University of Akron. The required two permits are issued by:

  • The Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Industrial Compliance.
    Phone 614.644.2622 or 800.5232.3581 Fax 614.644.3505.
    • The application can be downloaded on the State of Ohio website.
    • Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of State Fire Marshal:
      Phone 614-728-5460, Fax 614-728-5168.

Tents are NOT INSPECTED by either the Department of Industrial Compliance or Fire Marshal on weekends or holidays. Please allow at least two (2) days for processing.

University of Akron EOHS Requirements:
The location and installation of any tent or canopy, regardless of size, shall be coordinated with the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety. The temporary installation or placement of portable fire extinguishers will be coordinated along with a general safety inspection. Please contact 330-972-6866 to arrange for this inspection prior to erecting the tent.

The University of Akron Purchasing Department:
Questions about renting tents or canopies can be addressed by the Purchasing Department. Their web site is or email at