Apply for a Temporary Tent or Canopy Permit

​If you want to set up a tent or canopy, you need to get a permit.

Application process

  1. Complete and submit a tent or canopy permit application.

  2. Submit the required documentation listed on the application (sample site plan and tent layout).

Rules for tent and canopy use

  1. Any tent, regardless of size, shall be flame retardant.

  2. All displays or other type of concessions that use a heat/flame producing appliance shall be required to have a minimum of one 2A:10B:C fire extinguisher.

  3. Hoods and ducts with automatic fire protection and portable fire extinguishers, as specified in the State of Oregon Structural Specialty Code, Mechanical Specialty Code, and the Oregon Fire Code or as approved by the City of Salem Fire Chief, shall be required in the following circumstances:

    • All concession stands and tents over 400 square feet using deep fat fryers or fry grills inside

    • All canopies over 700 square feet using deep fat fryers or fry grills inside

  4. Flammable or combustible liquids and LP-gas shall not be stored in a tent or canopy. They must be located outside of any tent or canopy.

Contact us

Permit Application Center
General Questions
Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Permit/License Processing
Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Plans Intake
Monday–Friday
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
555 Liberty ST SE RM 320
Salem OR 97301
Mail payments to:
PO Box 3405
Portland OR 97208
Phone: