Tent Permitting Information
Sunshine Tent & Party provides quality party and event rental services in the Southern New England
region. (see: Tent Rentals Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts) We are a full
service rental company that is family owned and operated. Our product lines include party tents,
dance floors, tent flooing, tables, chairs, linens.
Our new line of custom made sail clothe fabric high peak tents create romantic lighting effect
without the negatives of additional center poles. These tents also have valances that help keep
rain and wind from spoiling your party.
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Permitting and party tents Erection of tents is exempt from Massachusetts Construction
Supervises Licence (CSL). Technically only CSL, licenced contractors and property
owners can pull a building permit. The reality is that since there is no national or state
wide standards, local building inspectors interpret permitting requirements for tents
differently from town to town. There are towns that have bi-laws for tent permitting. Also,
due to local conditions some building inspectors strictly require a permit, (we are familiar
with many of these towns).
Most building inspectors make it easy to attain permit for installing a tent on private
property for a short period of time. Most towns only require filling out a permit, providing a
certificate of fire resistance of the tent fabric and paying a fee to issue a permit. Others
require the tent installer to provide proof of liability insurance and workmen's comp (we
have both of these insurances).
Our basic tent rental service includes providing you with the proper certificates and
basic information for attaining a permit yourself. If you or your town require us to go
beyond this basic service we do charge for this service.
If your town requires additional equipment or licencing beyond our basic rentals service,
you are responsible for the cost of satisfying any additional requirements.
Some companies charge a customer as much as $250.00 just for assisting you with
attaining a permit. For most jobs we offer basic assistance at no additional charge.