The new rules specify that tents, tensioned-membrane structures, and canopies require UCC permits under the following conditions: 1) they are greater than 140 feet in any dimension, or greater than 16,800 square feet in area; 2) they remain in place for 180 days or more; 3) they are used or occupied between December 1 and March31 (and therefore might be subject to a snow load); 4) they have a permanent anchoring system or foundation; or 5) they contain platforms or bleachers greater than 11 feet in height.
The requirements specify that tents and tensioned-membrane structures require a fire permit, issued under the Uniform Fire Code (UFC), if they are greater than 900 square feet and more than 30 feet in any dimension; but, are 16,800 square feet or less in area and 140 feet or less in any dimension, If there is electrical or mechanical equipment installed other than cord-and-plug connected utilizing an existing permanently installed receptacle, a UCC permit is required.
The new rules also address outdoor mazes. Outdoor mazes are defined as attractions that lack roofs and are designed to disorient patrons, reduce vision, present barriers, or otherwise impede the flow of traffic, and do not consist solely of corn stalks; trees; or similar living, rooted plants. Under the requirements, outdoor mazes that are greater than six feet in height or contain electrical equipment require a construction permit under the UCC.
Outdoor combustible mazes with vertical dimensions less than six feet in height with no electrical equipment require a fire permit under the UFC. The UFC exempts mazes created of bales not more than 42 inches in height from the requirements for a permit.
Note: These amendments at N.JA.C. 5:23-214, 3.1, 3.14, and 5:70-2,7 were adopted on March21 2006, and will appear in the May I, 2006 New Jersey Register.
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