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Information on Building Consent Requirements for Marquees and Tents
The Building Act requires any person who is responsible for a tent or marquee to first obtain a building consent if the tent/marquee:
- is over 100 sq. metres in area
- will remain in place for more than one month.
To apply for Building Consent to erect a tent or marquee please submit a completed Building Consent application form and provide the following information:
- Site plan showing the location of the tent
- Floor plan (showing seating; counters; tables etc. inside the tent)
- Fire report; fire plan showing fire precautions and means of escape from fire (when the public are likely to be in the tent)
Please note; all plans should be drawn to scale and to a reasonable draughting standard.
If food and/or refreshments are to be supplied on site there may be additional requirements relating to food hygiene and liquor licensing.
Phone us to discuss any queries that you may have on 0800 111 323.
Please submit your Building Consent application to;
South Taranaki District Council, Private Bag 902, Hāwera 4640
In certain cases you may be exempt from the need for a building consent, see below:
Examples where a building consent may apply
- A property owner erects a tent with a floor area of 90m2 for a private birthday function in his back yard. It will only be there for the Easter weekend (four days).
- The owner of a restaurant puts up a marquee with a floor area of 80 m2 outside his restaurant to cater for extra patrons during a sports event. The marquee is dismantled the next day
Examples where a building consent is required
- A function centre erects a marquee with a floor area of 75m2 to cater for scheduled summer events. The centre proposes to keep the marquee up for the entire summer (3 months), so a building consent is required.
- Two 75m2 marquees are erected then joined together by an enclosed awning. This causes the size of the joined marquees to go beyond the 100m2 limits, so a building consent is required.