Public Grounds and/or Building Permits Information and Forms

Application to Use Public Buildings and/or Grounds

“Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina is taking proactive steps to protect the health and wellbeing of our state in the face of growing cases of the coronavirus COVID-19 around the nation and here in North Carolina. Included in the Governor’s guidance is a recommendation to cancel or postpone gatherings over 50 people.


Consistent with the Governor’s recommendation, the guidance and recommendations of public health experts and Executive Order 116, event permits previously issued are revoked, effective immediately and a moratorium is hereby imposed on the issuance of new permits.  This policy shall remain in effect until further notice.” 

The North Carolina Fire Prevention Code (NCSFC) requires tents, canopies and other membrane structures to be evaluated for fire and life safety and a permit issued prior to the event. For all State-owned property, the State Construction Office is responsible for that evaluation and granting of a permit. Upon obtaining satisfactory evidence that the proposed structure will be in accordance with minimum Code requirements, SCO will issue a permit for the use of the tent in the form of a signed approval letter/E-mail. Applicants must submit completed application with required attachments to SCO at least 30 days prior to the event. The drawings referenced on the Permit Application do not have to be an engineered drawing. They may be a sketch with dimensions or map with dimensions. SCO's approval merely acknowledges Code compliance and does not constitute an agreement for use of the space. An agreement to use the space will require completion of an Application to Use Public Buildings and/or Grounds Request Form shown below and obtaining written approval from the Department of Administration.

For more information on the specific requirements on using a tent or canopy, please review the following documents:

To request use of public buildings and/or grounds: