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Short Term Events - Special Requirements for Tent Revivals and Carnivals


  • Applications for the building permit must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the event.
  • A tent revival is permitted on bona fide church premises, on industrial properties and on properties zoned BU-2 or BU-3. A carnival tent is permitted on bona fide school properties.
  • Signed waivers of objection from 100% of all property owners within 500 feet or signed waivers of objection from 80% of all property owners or tenants of residential buildings within 1,000 feet of the site proposed for the tent revival, including their addresses and phone numbers.
  • A letter from the property owner authorizing the dates.
  • Written approval from Miami-Dade Police Department at one of the following locations:
    • 5975 Miami Lakes Drive East, 305-698-1500
    • 9101 NW 25th Street, 305-471-2800
    • 7707 SW 117th Avenue, 305-279-6929
    • Miami International Airport, 305-876-7373
    • 2950 NW 83rd Street, 305-836-8601
    • 10800 SW 211th Street, 305-378-4300
    • 15665 Biscayne Boulevard, 305-940-9980
  • Parking requirements for tent revivals shall be calculated on the basis of one parking space for every 50 sq. ft. of tent area. All such parking spaces must be provided on the subject site.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department (MDFR)

  • The following must be provided in order to comply with the Florida Fire Prevention Code:
    • Provide one ABC type "2A" fire extinguisher for each 400 sq. ft., where mounted top of the extinguisher does not exceed five feet above floor. After the first 1,200 sq. ft. (three extinguishers), provide one additional extinguisher for each 1,000 sq. ft.
    • Minimum aisle width with seating 44". Aisles serving areas other than seating shall not be less than five feet wide and the number of such aisles shall be at the discretion of the authority having jurisdiction.
    • No parking within 20 feet except upon a public street.
    • "No Smoking" signs.
    • Provide flame spread (class A) affidavit of affirmation for membrane structures
    • There shall be a minimum of 12 feet between stake lines (multiple tents).
    • No unauthorized open flames permitted in tents.
    • Heating devices must comply with NFPA 102, and the authority having jurisdiction.
    • Fire watch is required for all tents with a capacity of 300 persons or greater. To arrange, please call Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department at 786-331-4800.
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