The NH State Fire Marshal’s Office (NHFMO) provides guidance on the use of temporary tents in relation to fire code compliance.

Many hospitals, healthcare facilities, restaurants, schools and others set up temporary tents and structures to support their operations. 

Please note that in addition to guidance below, many local municipalities adopted specific requirements in relation to local planning regulations and zoning ordinances. These must be followed.



  • Tents 400 square feet or greater shall meet the requirements of the tent inspection checklist.
  • If temporary heating is installed, carbon monoxide alarms shall be provided
  • Tents located adjacent to a building shall not obstruct egress or sprinkler systems under canopies
  • Fire protection system inspections shall be completed in accordance with the State Fire Code. 



Please visit your town’s municipal website for local forms and requirements.


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Laws, Rules and Codes

For a list of all laws, rules and codes that pertain to the NH Division of Fire Safety, please view them on our full site.


Need Help?

Please do not hesitate to contact us at (603) 223-4289 or fmo@dos.nh.gov