Temporary Exterior Structures
The Town of Erie created a temporary program to allow restaurants to operate in outdoor patios adjacent to their businesses known as the 'Outdoor Restaurant Expansion'. As we approach the months with more inclement weather, the Town is identifying ways in which restaurants can safely continue operations in outdoor spaces, while still aligning with the state's public health orders and providing physical distancing. Temporary Exterior Structures shall be permitted in the town upon completing the associated miscellaneous permits.
Structure Building Code Components
Tent structures greater than 120 square feet and up to 400 square feet require a temporary structure/use permit from the Building Division allowing a tent to be erected for up to 180 days (6 months). Submittal of a completed miscellaneous permit application is required along with a detailed site plan (drawn to scale) indicating the location of the temporary structure with information detailing the means of securement (tie-down), seating arrangement and capacity (occupant load), means of egress, location and type of heating and any electrical equipment/appliances.
Inspection of temporary tent structures and associated electrical work require inspections by the Building Division and Mountain View Fire Protection District.
Temporary electrical work may occur under the miscellaneous (tent) permit subject to the applicant providing the required electrical information (licensed electrical contractor, scope of electrical work and the valuation of such work). Temporary electrical work requires an electrical permit for tent structures 120 square feet or less in floor area (no temporary structure/use permit required). The same miscellaneous permit application may be used for a temporary electrical permit.
Tent structures over 400 square feet in area require a permit from the Mountain View Fire Protection District and must comply with applicable provisions of the 2015 International Fire Code (IFC). The IFC regulates the location of a temporary structure (tent) as well as the flame propagation performance of the membrane, combustible materials, smoking, open or exposed flame, portable fire extinguishers and heating or cooking equipment within a tent structure.
Structure Fire Code Components
The Mountain View Fire Rescue Department also requires permits for all relevant 2015 International Fire Code sections (105-operational permit, 603-Fuel Fired Appliances, 3103 & 3104-Temporary Tents. The permit will require a complete site plan, and the intended use of walls, exit doors, lighting and emergency lighting. Visit www.mvfpd.org to submit the applicable International Fire Code permits.
Submit Permit Application
Restaurants interested in pursuing temporary exterior structures should submit the miscellaneous permit application. Fees TBD. Contact the Deputy Chief Building Official for assistance completing the permit application.
Contact the Building Division at 303-926-2780 for technical building and fire code related inquires.
Contact the Deputy Chief Building Official for assistance completing the permit application.
Contact Economic Development for other inquiries.