Tents & Temporary Special Event Structures

The City of Poway requires a fire department operational permit to operate an air-supported temporary membrane structure, a temporary special event structure or a tent having an area in excess of 400 square feet.  To obtain a Tent / Special Event Structure Permit and inspection, review the Tents & Temporary Special Event Structure Guidelines, then submit an online request.  The cost is $82 (if the inspection is done during business hours) or $152 (if the inspection is done during non-business hours). 

If you have any questions, please email the Fire Safety Inspector Matt Powell.

Submit an online request

  1. City of Poway Online Services WebsiteUse City of Poway Online Services to complete and submit permit applications, plans, apply for business certificates, regulatory licenses and more. Effective June 1, 2022, only electronic submittals will be accepted.

Fire Department Office Hours

  • Monday - Thursday: 7:30am - 5:30pm
  • Friday: 8am - 5pm (Closed every other Friday)